The journey through Stratton is designed to help students gain skills for lifelong learning and to achieve their highest potential. We pride ourselves that not only do we prepare our students for success in obtaining qualifications but they are also ready and excited to meet the next challenge in their passage to adulthood.
Students begin Year 9 by focusing on a broad and balanced curriculum based on traditional academic subjects. We believe it is important that all students are exposed to the range of opportunities available at Stratton before making their curriculum choices for study at GCSE.
In Years 10 and 11 students reduce the number of subjects they study to concentrate on nine GCSE qualifications. Choosing which option subjects to select is the focus of the second term of Year 9. Parents are heavily involved in this process, which combines information evenings, analysis of student progress, careers information and guidance and of course, and the opportunity for families to meet one-to-one with the Form Tutor or senior member of staff.
Some subjects available at GCSE are not taught in Year 9, so care is taken to ensure all students are aware of these additional opportunities. These subjects include business studies, sociology, media and construction.
The Year 9 curriculum is subject to review. The subjects offered are not likely to change but the time allocation for each subject may change.
Stratton Sixth Form offers a post-16 route for the 75% of students who wish to continue in an academic pathway leading to university or careers where the entrance qualification is Level 3 (i.e. A Levels).
All students receive high-level careers guidance during Key Stage 4. Those students who wish to pursue vocational options after Year 11 (typically leading to trade-based apprenticeships) are supported in researching, choosing and applying to Further Education Colleges or for apprenticeships specialising in these areas.
The majority of Stratton Sixth Form students start a two-year A Level (or equivalent) programme, choosing three subjects. Again, careers advice and guidance is important as the choice of subjects can have a critical impact on which post-18 options are available.
Our one-year Level 2 course is available for students who are not yet qualified for A-level study, but who are determined to continue their education through an academic pathway.
Provision is also made for students who have yet to attain higher level passes in both GCSE English and maths.
The progress achieved by our students regularly places us in the top 25% of Sixth Form providers nationally.