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Business

business

Business Studies is a popular subject at Preston School and plays an important role in the Business and Enterprise specialist schools status. We offer two courses at key stage 4, BTEC Business and GCSE Business Studies. Both courses are highly successful with 90.4% A*-C in BTEC and 74.6% in GCSE. All lessons are based around the exam board specifications; however, we strive to ensure that students have plenty of opportunities to work with businesses and develop their enterprise skills. During the three year course students will take part in business plan presentations, presenting to local businesses, they will participate in national events like Global Entrepreneurship Week and compete in competitions like the Student Investor Challenge, where they learn about the stock market and compete against other schools. Students on the BTEC course will also learn about recruitment, by applying for an apprenticeship at Yarlington Homes and attending an interview. Finally, as well as working with businesses in school, we visit Longleat Safari park to learn how they recruit and train their workforce.

Students studying Business Studies have performed very well in national competitions, Preston School did particularly well last year, finishing 8th out of 500 schools in the semi-finals of Student Investor!! One of our Year 9 students has recently won the ‘Trunki Design Challenge’ and will spend a day at head office working with their design team on her idea. Also in 2015, a groups of Year 9 students got through to the regional finals of the Coca Cola Challenge!!

ICT

ict

Information Communication Technology (ICT) is always a popular option choice amongst students at Preston School. Forming one of the subjects on offer within the School of Business and Enterprise, it forms an important component of the school’s specialism as a Business and Enterprise Academy. Students who study ICT appreciate the broad spectrum of the curriculum on offer, with the OCR Cambridge National Certificate permitting development of creative skills (in the area of digital design) as well technical understanding of computer system and how they function. The ethos of the department and teachers is to prepare students to not only survive, but thrive in a world driven by technological change and advancement.

ICT results are consistently above the national average (70% A*-C). In 2016 Preston School pupils achieved 78% A*-C. These results are consistent year on year having never dropped below the national average. This sets us aside from other schools both locally and nationally. Our plans for the year, as always, are to continue to stretch students, offering new and exciting opportunities. As part of the Business and Enterprise specialism we partner with businesses to enrich the learning. Watch this space, as industry leaders can sometimes be seen contributing to lessons!

Maths

maths

The ideals that characterise our teaching of Mathematics are based in enabling learners to be responsible, reflective, innovative and engaged, and so equipped for success in the modern world. The foundation of our success is to aim high ourselves and to encourage the highest aspirations in others.

Our results for Mathematics GCSE over the last three years have averaged 18% above the national pass rate (A* - C); the pass rate for last year was 78%. We also enter students for Statistics GCSE, Mathematics iGCSE, ‘A’ level Additional Mathematics and Entry Level Mathematics with 100% pass rate in recent years.

We regularly take teams of students to county and national mathematics events and enter them for national individual competitions. Our students have been extremely successful on many of these occasions.

 

Art

art

The Art course at Preston is a long established subject. In the lower school Art covers Art, Craft and Design traditionally. However, at GCSE level the subject become Fine Art. The Fine Art course pass rate often exceeds the national average. We often hear of students taking Art further and invitations to their degree exhibitions.

With new changes to the curriculum we have reacted by introducing more drawing to our teaching. This had been taken for granted in recent years as quite often contemporary art fails to exercise this skill. In the past year we have ran a trip to the Tate Modern, London. Art. We do plan to run similar trips in the coming year.

Drama

drama

GCSE Drama is an ever increasingly popular course at Preston School and has really flourished over the last three years. With GCSE results sitting around 78% A*-C students are able to enjoy a wide range of practical exploration with an engaging theory aspect which enables students to fully appreciate the complexities of Drama, Performance and Theatre.

Drama is not strictly maintained in the studio at Preston as we have now also presented three very successful full school productions including Guys and Dolls and Sweeney Todd. We have a very clear sense of Full School Production at Preston and lead roles have been performed by students ranging from Year 11 down to Year 8.

We also do a large amount of live performance outside of the school show including short performances by Year 10 and 11 of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and also ‘The Ash Girl’ by Timberlake Wertenbaker. Students are also encouraged to explore the more technical elements of Theatre, ranging from lighting and sound to stage make-up and costume design.

In addition to this, we run a yearly trip to London where students visit the famous Covent Garden before taking in one of the west end shows which can be explored in the classroom and also in review.

English

english

English Language and Literature are compulsory subjects at Preston School, taught with passion and vitality, providing students with skills and knowledge for academic success alongside aptitude for understanding and communicating with the world around them. Our aim is to engage and enthuse, inspire and motivate, creating learners for life. Both our GCSE courses are challenging and rewarding, following the AQA specification accordingly, building on objectives explored during KS3 years. Throughout the courses, students will study 19th-century literature, modern drama, the work of William Shakespeare, a vast array of wonderful poetry, all whilst exploring the powerful language used in both fiction and non-fiction extracts. Recent results boast an impressive 76% A*-C for English Language and 61% for English Literature.

In the Preston School English Department, we pride ourselves on shaping independent learners that use initiative and reflection as tools for success. Our teachers love their subject. It is this love, this dedication to the craft, that ensures every classroom is flourishing.

Music

music

Since joining the team in January 2016, Music has taken started to grow again even if the exam results were not as predicted. Orchestra and choir have grown and successful concerts have been held through the rest of the year. There has been a one third increase in numbers taking GCSE Music for academic year 2016 and retention rates are potentially higher according to initial student feedback. Revision guides and intervention are already in place for Year 11 and Year 10 as well as team teaching sessions for GL and LH.

Potential visits to watch live Music and schools of music have been requested and will be happening this academic year.

There are 2 extra peripatetic teachers starting at Preston this year adding vocals and ukulele to the teaching repertoire.

PE

pe

Information available soon.

Geography

geography

"You can travel the seas, poles and deserts and see nothing. To really understand the world, you need to get under the skin of the people and places. In other words, learn about Geography. I can’t imagine a subject more relevant in schools. We’d all be lost without it."
Michael Palin - Actor, Writer, Comedian, TV Presenter

Geography is the study of the world around us. It involves learning about a wide variety of issues and topics ranging from climate change and cities to natural hazards and globalisation. Geography also teaches pupils important skills such as problem solving and critical thinking and allows them to gain an appreciation and understanding of the world and its processes. At Preston School, Geography is taught using a variety of contemporary methods focusing on an enquiry approach to learning. This involves the use ICT, GIS and a number of fieldwork opportunities outside the classroom.

Geography is a popular subject at Preston School. Pupils in Years 7 and 8 study a number of different topics focusing on geographical issues, such as weather and climate and tectonic hazards; as well as specific countries and regions, such as Russia, the UK and Brazil. In Years 9, 10 and 11, pupils study the AQA GCSE Specification. This new GCSE course focuses on many of the key issues facing the world in the 21st Century, as well as teaching pupils about their important role as global citizens. Geography is also a highly successful subject within the School of Global Understanding with last year’s GCSE Geography students achieving 74% A*- C.

History

history

Historians are often asked: what is the use or relevance of studying History? Why on earth does it matter what happened long ago? The answer is that History is inescapable. It studies the past and the legacies of the past in the present. Far from being a 'dead' subject, it connects things through time and encourages its students to take a long view of such connections.

History at Preston School is becoming an increasingly popular subject as an option choice with results in 2016 at 75% A*-C. We follow a GCSE course from the AQA exam board that incorporates a broad sweep of history along a theme of Power and People 1170 to Present Day. There is also the opportunity to focus on specific depth studies that include Norman England 1066-1100, America 1920-1973 and Conflict and Tension 1894-1918. The History Department aims to provide the opportunity to visit the Battlefields of WW1 each year to support the learning of our students.

We believe in academic rigor and challenge whilst encouraging our students to learn independently to be the best that they can be. Bringing History to Life and Life IS History!

Languages

languages

Modern Foreign Languages at Preston School encompass French, Italian and Spanish. Whichever language you study you will have high quality and engaging teaching, using up-to-date and authentic resources and materials, including ICT and software / websites designed specifically for language learning. In the MFL department here at Preston School our aim is to develop competent and confident linguists who understand the wider benefits of language study, whether for career opportunities, communication skills development, or for personal growth and developing a more open and curious mind. Our students are very successful in their studies with 93 % (on average) achieving A* - C in their GCSE.

During the course students will study a variety of topics learning how to share opinions on wide range of issues from family life, to school and future plans for study and work, from social issues to environmental debates. The course is designed to include as much cultural input as possible, students will explore music and film in their chosen language as well as some literature and poetry. Of course this is all combined with the fundamentals of the grammar and structure of the language studied. The department ran a fantastic French trip in early September 2016 for year 8 / 9 students and there are plans for similar trips in Italian and Spanish. There is also a very successful exchange programme ongoing with a Spanish school for y9 /10 students and we hope to establish further visits for French and Italian students in the senior school in the near future.

Life Studies, Philosophy & Ethics

life studies

This subject is fundamental to developing the whole student in school. We study belief systems from all over the world and look at their response to a variety of moral and ethical dilemmas. We challenge the students to investigate their own views on the world and make sure they are comfortable with how they view the world. This year we have been redesigning the course for the year 10 and 11 students who have not chosen to do a GCSE course to make the subject more relevant and accessible.

We have recently gained 75% A* - C for the option group this is on the back of other years of comparable successes for the whole year group. We have visited Bristol Cathedral and the Dechen Buddhist Centre in Bristol in the past year and will be visiting Jam Yang Buddhist centre in Kennington in the new year as part of the GCSE Philosophy and ethics course.

Design & Technology

design & technology

The Design Technology department is always a busy and purposeful department to be part of and an area of the curriculum that pupils enjoy being part of. We offer a wide range of very popular and successful courses at KS4 including GCSE Design Technology, Electronics, Product Design, Catering, Food and Textiles, also Cambridge National Level 2 in Child Development.

All of the courses consist of controlled assessment and a final exam and within the controlled assessment a large number of marks are made up of practical work.

In order to enhance various aspects of our courses we take our pupils on various visits to places such as Za Za Bazaar in Bristol for our Catering and Food pupils so they can experience the various International cuisines served and The Exeter Food Festival. Our Textiles classes also have the opportunity to go to the Clothes Show at the NEC in Birmingham to experience the cat walk first hand and discuss with universities and colleges exhibiting the various textile courses available to them after leaving school.

Science

science

Information available soon.

 

 

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