Learning at Denbigh

Our students follow a core of subjects, which allow them to pursue their learning through creative, practical and technological activities.  We provide a curriculum, which offers students of all abilities a traditional base of academic learning. 

We are innovative in how we use technology to enhance student learning.  To this end, we have developed a Virtual Learning Environment which enables students to access their school work from home and communicate with their teachers via email.

The School strives to recruit the very best teachers and then provides them with the ongoing professional development they need to inspire the students they teach.  For example, we are very pleased with our IRIS videoing technology, which enables staff to reflect on and develop their teaching practice.  Our teachers aim to engage, challenge and stretch young minds and create an enjoyment of learning.

An advanced target setting and continual assessment programme is used throughout the School to ensure that each student reaches his or her potential.  Students are mostly taught in lessons with others of similar ability, which provides them with an environment in which they feel secure in their learning, but also challenges them to achieve their best.  The set groups are not fixed and students can move between them throughout the year, in line with the progress they are making.
 
We continually review the curriculum we offer to ensure that it gives our students the very best chance of success.  The structure of the School day is set so that the majority of learning takes place in the morning, which research and our own experience shows, is the most productive time of the day for learning.

Please use the School Day link to view more information on the School day at Denbigh. 

The Five Year Curriculum

Students at Denbigh follow a five-year curriculum from Year 7 to 11.  All programmes of study are arranged to ensure students who are able to progress more quickly can do so, whilst those who may need more support in certain areas receive that support to ensure that by the end of Year 11 they make the progress we expect.  Homework forms a vital part of the learning ethos at Denbigh and our students are expected to complete all homework set.  Parents receive regular progress checks on their son or daughter’s progress, including homework, effort and behaviour.
     
Years 7, 8 and 9 
Years 7, 8 and 9 provide the foundation of our five-year curriculum.  Students have 25 hours of teaching during the week broken down as follows:

Students will also experience ‘Curriculum Days’ during which they will develop skills including leadership and teamwork through a cross curricular approach to a topic or challenge.  Some students will also start GCSE equivalent courses.  All Year 7 & 8 students are enrolled on the PiXL Edge Scheme, which aims to develop the life skills they will need in their future including leadership, organisation, initiative, resilience and communication.  Students work towards this qualification in their Denbigh Brain Training lessons but also undertake work out of School.    
Years 10 and 11 
Students in Years 10 and 11 work towards their GCSE examinations, which mainly take place at the end of Year 11.  Some subjects still have controlled assessments throughout Years 10 & 11, the results of which contribute directly to GCSE examinations.

The majority of students follow a core curriculum including English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Science, Physical Education, Modern Languages and either History or Geography.  In addition there is a large range of option subjects from which students can choose including Art, Business Studies, Computing, Dance, Drama, Food Technology, Graphics, Health and Social Care, Media Studies, Music, PE, RE, Sociology, Psychology and Engineering, which enables personalisation in the Curriculum.

Students will typically have 25 hours of teaching during the week.   An extended curriculum is available for our most able students allowing them to extend their studies in Science and Mathematics.  

PSHEE and Citizenship 
Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHEE) is taught across the Curriculum, supplemented by a programme of special events as well as activities in tutorial.  Throughout their time at Denbigh, students set themselves targets, assess their personal and social development and plan their futuresCitizenship is taught within the Humanities Faculty and across the curriculum, including Tutorial sessions.  Enterprise and Active Citizenship opportunities are available to students in every area of School life.  
Denbigh employs a careers advisor who gives students advice and guidance that focuses on their individual aspirations.  There is a ‘careers drop in’ every lunchtime or students can pre book an appointment.  Students have access to related computer programmes via the careers section on the student portal.  Guest speakers are invited into school from local companies to talk to students about the world of work, including apprenticeship opportunities.  The School has close links with a number of local businesses and students undertake a work experience placement in Year 10 to give them an opportunity to experience real life work situations.

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education 
Denbigh is committed to ensuring that British values are fostered in the classroom and beyond.  Consequently, students explore spirituality and whilst doing so develop their knowledge and tolerance of other beliefs.  We help to nurture a clear understanding of right from wrong and highlight the consequences of unlawful actions according to British law, whilst clarifying its differences to religious lawMoral and ethical dilemmas are frequently discussed and students are encouraged to construct reasoned arguments.  Our students are provided with an array of opportunities to reap the rewards of our richly diverse community - they are taught to celebrate difference, resolve conflict and develop understanding of other cultures.  Whilst students grow and flourish as individuals they also contribute to the world beyond Denbigh; in doing so they recognise that British citizenship involves making creative and positive contributions to society.  We recognise that it is part of our role to challenge extremist views and safeguard our students against radicalisation and we feel that educating students is a powerful weapon against this; throughout the curriculum we equip our students with the knowledge, skills and critical thinking to challenge and debate in an informed way.

Supporting Learning
As a School we identify students who, through their aptitude and talent in particular subject areas, can be identified as ‘Most Able’.  Our experience, together with educational research, has shown that these students need to be stimulated and challenged both in and out of the classroom to ensure that they stretch themselves and maximise their learning potential.

Individual faculties identify students within their subject areas and provide both in-class strategies and out of class events and visits to support and inspire them in their learning.  These students can also extend their studies in both Mathematics and Science.

Students are given access, often through the Virtual Learning Environment, to computer based tutorials, websites, advanced level textbooks and exemplar coursework to allow them to demonstrate higher level skills.  Students in Year 9 and above are given access to ‘IGGY’ which is an international, social and educational network for gifted 13-18 year olds created by the University of Warwick.  IGGY gives students access to interactive educational resources and advice from top academics.  We use our close links with universities to allow these students to attend courses at universities.
We are very proud of our STEM lecture programme through which experts visit Denbigh to give lectures on a range of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematical issues beyond the classroom.  This innovative lecture programme has proved so successful that students from other schools, parents and members of the community now attend the lectures as well as students. 
 
Sixth Form students can take part in the Extended Project through which they produce a dissertation or investigation on a topic of interest to them.  The Extended Project is equivalent to an AS Level and is highly sort after by universities.  Sixth Form students can also undertake undergraduate study through the Open University Science Programme.  Our potential Oxbridge/Russell Group candidates follow an individualised programme of support and meet on a weekly basis in order to widen their understanding on a range of contemporary issues.

The School's Student Support Centre is dedicated to supporting students with emotional, behavioural, social, communication and learning difficulties as well as those with physical difficulties.  The Centre offers a programme for those students who have identified special learning needs.  Students are welcome in the Support Centre during lunchtime and break to complete homework with a Teaching Assistant, catch up on missed activities or just take ‘timeout’ from the busy school environment.  Students with medical problems may also work in the Centre.

 

 

 









































































































 
 
 

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