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The Pupil Journey through Paulet High School and 6th Form College

The school day

Students are taught in five, sixty minute lessons during the day with break and lunch following periods 2 and 4 respectively. All students have a 15 minute registration session with their form tutor and form group. Each form group is made up of students in the same year group. 1 day a week registration is extended by fifteen minutes, in the extended form time students learning is focused on aspects of the PSHEE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education) curriculum. The day of the week which extended form time takes place changes each half term.

Extra-curricular learning

At Paulet we believe that learning inside the classroom is only part of a child’s education. We provide a vast range of activities, experiences and opportunities for our children to grow and develop.

Trips including foreign visits to France, Bay of Naples, Biannual ski trip (Italy in 2017) and biannual 6th form New York trip allow children and students the chance to explore the world, to meet new cultures and make some memories which will last a lifetime.

Students can learn to play an instrument (we pay for a range of peripatetic lessons and students can also work towards graded music exams at Paulet.)
Students can take part in a school production, grow vegetables, look after our chickens, be in the technology club, play for a sports team, go to homework club, read in the library and much more at lunch times and after school. The best place to see these events is on our Pinboard which can be accessed from our main webpage.
Students in year 9 and 12 this year can also work towards the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze and Silver Awards.

Transition to Key Stage 3

It is essential that students continue to make good progress from their finishing point at the end of junior school. At Paulet we work with our partner schools to ensure we have a clear picture of what students can and can’t do in the core subjects. Our lead teachers in the core subjects have met with their counterparts at our partner junior schools to ensure we have a full understanding of the curriculum students have studied up until year 6 and have planned learning for our students which allows them to meet continued progress.

Year 7 and 8

Students in year 7 and 8 experience a broad range of subjects which are detailed in the table below. Most subjects are taught in form groups. Students have 3 hours per week in English and a one hour literacy hour which is taught in the library. Part of the literacy hour is focused on reading and we run a program called Accelerated Reader which sets all students appropriate reading for them to make at least good progress.

In maths and science students are grouped by ability after the first half term. In performing arts, design technology and P.E. students rotate around different specialisms. In design and technology students will experience around 9 weeks each of textiles, food technology, resistant materials and electronics, in performing arts students do a term each in music, drama and dance and in PE students are able to experience different sports across the year.

Year 9

In year 9 students are independently set in English, maths and science. This enables teachers to start the key stage 4 curriculum in year 9 and best prepare students for the rigours of the new GCSE qualifications. At Paulet English, maths and science are independently set, this enables students who might be stronger in one or more of these core subjects to be appropriately set and their work to be appropriately challenging.



Students continue to have a broad curriculum in year 9 which prepares them for the wide range of choices when they take their GCSE options. These other subjects are taught in mixed ability groups as this is how they are grouped in KS4.

Students in year 9 make a choice between French and Spanish. This enables students to specialise in the language of their choice before making their GCSE options later in year 9. Most students will choose a language as a GCSE option.

Technology and PE continue to be taught on a carousel basis, rotating between material areas and different sports.

Key stage 4 ‘Pathways to Success.’

At Paulet we have developed a bespoke curriculum for our students in years 10 and 11. We call our curriculum model ‘Pathways to success.’ The pathways were first introduced for the new year 10 in September 2016. The philosophy behind our pathways are:

• All students have a huge amount of potential and we believe all students can fulfil their potential at Paulet.
• Students have different paces of learning and their curriculum should reflect this.
• Students require different levels of support to reach their potential.
• Success for one student might be failure for another.

To this effect our key stage 4 curriculum has 3 pathways. These pathways are called the Blue, Red and Yellow pathways

Blue Pathway:

This pathway allows students to take 10 GCSEs. Students on the blue pathway have demonstrated in key stage 3 that they make very good progress with very little extra support and are able to manage a wide variety of subjects. Students are strongly encouraged to take a language and humanity subject (Geography and History.) These students make 4 option choices in year 9. They also take ethics and philosophy as a GCSE.

Red Pathway:

This pathway allows students to achieve 8 or 9 GCSEs. Ethics and philosophy as a GCSE is optional though it is still studied for 1 hour per week. Students in the Red Pathway make 3 GCSE choices rather than 4. They have extra time in their GSCE choices to consolidate their learning in reduced class sizes. They also have a mentoring hour which is used as a therapy hour in the core subjects as required as well as a chance to reflect upon their progress and manage their workload in other subjects. Students also receive pastoral support in the mentoring hour as needed. Students on the red pathway can achieve the ebacc measure (English, maths, science a language and humanity) if they wish to do so.

Yellow pathway:

The yellow pathways allows students to do 8 GCSE options. These students make 2 option choices and can achieve the ebacc if they wish. These students also follow our enrichment program. In the enrichment program they have 2 hours per week of specific support in literacy and numeracy, 2 hours per week in vocational learning experiences and 1 hour per week studying towards the ECDL qualification (European computing driving licence.)

All students study our core curriculum of GCSE Maths, English (literature and language) and double science. Students in the blue pathway can study the sciences as separate GCSE (biology, chemistry and physics.)

In the spring term of Year 9, students will begin to receive information and guidance on which options to take at GCSE in key stage 4. Students are interviewed by senior teachers and option assemblies are given to the whole year group. There is also an options evening for students and parents to attend to receive further information about all subjects offered. Once students have made their initial choices, a final review takes place by the assistant head teacher responsible for curriculum before being finalised and timetabled for the following year.


Current year 11

Our current year 11 students follow a similar curriculum pathway to each other. Students take the core curriculum and have opted for 4 GCSE subjects each.


All students will take English language and literature and maths at GCSE level. Most students are taking GCSE as a double GCSE with 1 option group taking all 3 sciences and some students taking single science. Most students are taking ethics and philosophy as a GCSE.

6th Form

All students in year 11 have the opportunity to progress to our 6th form college. Students are interviewed by senior teachers, have assemblies and can attend a 6th form open evening to gather information about our 6th form curriculum choices. Students then have to apply to our 6th form and they are made a conditional offer. The conditional offer stipulates what grades students need to achieve to secure their place.

At the beginning of year 12 students who wish to take up their place need to attend the enrolment day. Final decisions of which courses students would like to study are made reflecting on current career aspirations and GCSE results. Students have a wide range of curriculum choices which are detailed below. All A level and vocational subjects have five 1 hour lessons per week.

Students who don’t achieve a C grade or equivalent in GCSE English and maths have to continue to study them in the 6th form. This may compromise their option choices as resit English and maths are placed in one of the option pools.

Where sufficient interest in subjects is not established, courses may not run as they are not financially viable.

At the beginning of year 13 students have to re-enrol onto their courses. There is a meeting between every student and the head of 6th form. In the meeting examination results and curriculum choices are reviewed considering university and employment entry requirements. Lessons in year 13 are currently five 1 hour lessons per week.

For more information speak to Ian Gilmour


Our school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. It expects all staff, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment. If you have any concerns that a child has been harmed, is at risk of harm, or you receive a disclosure, please contact our designated safeguarding lead Mrs. V. Deer (Deputy Head)

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