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>> THE GST CURRICULUM
The Griffin Schools Trust (GST) is a family of primary and secondary schools in the Midlands and the South East of England. We are committed to providing an outstanding independent-style education for all students, predicated on breadth and excellence.
All schools provide a rich programme of free extra-curricular activities, create an involving and stimulating physical environment and build a staff team of interesting people who are motivated to advance their own knowledge and skills as well as their pupils’ achievement.
GST schools do not teach young people to know their place, but rather to discover their talents and passions and to take their places in society, making a difference through leadership and service wherever their futures may take them.
Curriculum at Willow Brook
The Willow Brook curriculum is designed to meet the needs of all learners and extends beyond the requirements of the National Curriculum. Our curriculum has suitable depth and breadth, building on prior experiences and learning – to help make sense of new knowledge and skills. Everyone is determined to provide children with the tools required to take advantage of opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life – powerfully overcoming any social disadvantage.
We teach using an inspiring, topic-based approach and we ensure that we give sufficient focus to each subject discipline. The high-quality curriculum that we offer has been carefully crafted to give consideration to the sequence of content necessary for children to make exceptional progress. For example, we provide children with the knowledge they need for subsequent learning through planned vocabulary development and provide pupils with opportunities to enhance their critical thinking skills by asking thought-provoking questions.
Our curriculum reflects our local context and needs and is underpinned by our vision of Proud Traditions, Wide Horizons and High Achievement. The Willow Brook curriculum enables pupils to:
- understand and articulate their own learning goals
- know their rights (in a Rights Respecting School)
- identify themselves within the diverse and inclusive curriculum
- develop self-belief with the ‘I am an author, scientist, and mathematician’ statements
Our embedded provision includes Philosophy for Children (P4C), our oracy programme and access to specialist teaching and resources.
Our children evaluate their learning behaviours in terms of their goals which enhances their self-satisfaction and motivation as they continue to improve their methods of learning – leading them to them being able to know more, do more, and remember more.
Subject leaders have created detailed, long and medium terms for every subject area. In this way, our curriculum intent is embedded securely and consistently across our school. Our teachers have a firm and common understanding of our curriculum and what it means for their practice. Across all parts of the school, sequentially planned lessons contribute well to delivering our curriculum intent and creative work given to pupils is carefully planned to provide learning experiences in engaging, cross-curricular innovative and inspiring ways. As a result, our children love to learn and produce work of an exceptional quality and are well-prepared for the next stage of their education.