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In Year 8, students will closely look at the job role of a weather forecaster. They will look at the skills this involves and will develop on these and use role-play to design and present their own weather forecasts for specific countries.

In Year 9, students will focus on Globalisation. They will study the changing of jobs and economies in different parts of the world. They will assess the impacts of Globalisation, such as changing jobs in the UK and abroad and also the role of TNC’s. Both of which will be applicable to the futures of the students.

In Year 10, the focus shifts to a closer to home topic. Students will study changes to employment in the UK, including the growth of high tech businesses, and the impact of this on the changing UK economy. Students carry out a study of Bristol and how its economy/jobs and employment structures have changed recently.

In Year 11, students look at Economic Geography. Further developing their Year 9 work on Globalisation, as well as trade and employment structures. They will be learning how to group jobs into different job types (e.g. primary/secondary etc.) They will also look at the impacts of Globalisation and how this will affect them in the future.



In Year 7 students look at the economic reasons to create empires, such as the Romans and the Norman conquest. This is done through the analysis of source materials, as well as extended writing.

In Year 8, students look at the Industrial Revolution. This includes the study of entrepreneurs, innovation and technology, as well as Trade and Empire.

In Year 9, students study Boom and Bust economics as well as USA in the 1920’s. Students will closely study the economic factors that lead up to the Boom and Bust and apply this to current day situations.

In Year 10, students move on to Germany in the 1920’s and also learn about economic hardship. They will study Hyperinflation and several other economic factors. This is developing on from previous years knowledge.

In Year 11, students look at the FDR and the “New Deal”. They study how the US government dealt with the economic fallout of the Great Depression.



Across all years, students build on their knowledge from the previous years to develop well rounded language skills. In each year group, they will study different jobs, employee skills/attributes and also discover what further study options are available to those in different countries. They will develop speaking skills for interview situations (e.g. 1-1 assessments). Through doing these assessments, students will build up their confidence, not only to speak 1-1 in a different language but also to be able to speak on a 1-1 basis in general. In the later year’s students will develop their writing skills in different languages and this will be shown through writing their own CV’s as well as letters of application.

Life Studies, Philosophy & Ethics

life studies

Throughout all year groups Life Studies looks at valuing diversity and learning about different world views. All of which can be applied in the workplace and future situations the students may find themselves in. This is all carried out through discussion and investigation in lessons, helping students to develop their communication skills. Enabling them to learn how to listen to other’s opinions as well as put across their own without causing conflicts – very important skills to have for their future careers.





In Year 7, enterprise skills and capabilities are promoted throughout art and are then signed off for on a tracker.

In Year 8, students look at enterprise through design. They look at generating ideas/ innovating design – and also how design works. Following on from this they learn how to analyse and evaluate their own and others work.

In Year 9, they study the concept “Art as seen not seen as a one off but the artist as a brand”. They will be looking at Pop Art effects on the modern world, and how this benefited the Art industry.

In Year 10, students will be taught on deadlines and meeting a brief. Not only is this essential for a career in Art but for a career in anything. It teaches time management and the ability to listen to what is required and how you can meet that to suit the customer.

In Year 11, the focus moves to public art – covering topics such as who pays for art? This leads on to the discussions of how this influences an artist, the benefits and drawbacks.



Throughout all year groups drama expands on the skills needed to be successful in the work place. They look at confidence building and presentation skills, this is done through focusing on the language we use and also the performances carried out, they also do this through learning how to give and take direction and carry out note taking to give feedback and analysis to other members of the group. They look at problem solving and team work through carrying out group exercises and discussions.



In Year 7, through the use of homework booklets and character studies, English helps to develop independence in the students. They learn how to self-asses their work and also how to deal with a challenging piece of work!

In Year 8, students explore country and economy and they study industry in literature. Allowing the students to be reflective and also to be able to put their own and others values into a context.

In Year 9, Students begin presentation letter writing. They study speeches and public talks, even developing their own! They also begin persuasive writing which can lead on to practicing cover letters, CV’s and job applications. Persuasive writing is an important tool in getting a job.

In Year 10, the focus turns on to formal writing and also job history. Students will look at the context of business as well as the use of linguistics that comes with formal writing.

In Year 11, students are still developing their formal writing skills but they are also looking at equality. This is carried out through a language study and a social class investigation.



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.



In Year 7 and Year 8, students focus on health awareness, team work and leadership. They do this through developing their knowledge and understanding of the effects of exercise. This is also carried out through team-building activities, this enables students to gain confidence to lead on a range of activities.

In Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11, the focus is still on health awareness and leadership but also independency in sport as well as awareness of careers in sports. Students gain a greater understanding of being healthy post school and the affects this will have on their futures. Students also take on leadership roles in core P.E as well as GCSE.




Business Studies – Business studied is studied from year 9 onwards.

In Year 9, an industry day is arranged for all year 9 students. They are given choices of attending workshops delivered by over 20 businesses/ FE providers. Students make selections prior to the day. There are several speakers to represent main industries in the South West as well as smaller businesses which service niche markets. Year 9 business students also create business plans which incorporate marketing, production, financial and legal aspects of setting up a local business. These plans are then presented formally to local business advisors.

In Year 10, students visit Longleat. The students all attend a seminar on the organisations structure and HR roles. Students then complete enterprise tasks around the park to help them build up their enterprise skills. Year 10 students also take part in the stock market challenge, to develop maths and business skills. Another thing the students take part in is business speed dating. Business students meet 15-20 small business owners/managers to find out about working in their industry through a speed dating format.

In Year 11, in the lead up to the exam, students complete a HR unit incorporating all aspects of recruitment and selection such as; job descriptions, application forms, CV’s, equal opportunities, personal specifications. This is then used for mock interviews with local organisations.



In Year 7, all students learn about budgeting within the scenario of planning a school trip. Students are taught how to use excel formula and functions.

In Year 8, students carry out Dragons Den. This is an ICT based challenge in which students compete in teams. All students will create new products and deliver pitches to secure the dragons funding. This will be done through ICT preparation work and group presentations to the “Dragons” (12-15 local business people).

In Year 9, all ICT students learn how to develop business documents using industry standard software. They take on the role of marketing / ICT managers in fictitious businesses.

In Year 10 and Year 11, students take part in the South Somerset District Council Marketing Department Project. Students use industry standard multimedia software to produce Media Rich materials to promote the local area.



In Year 7, on an SOL day, half the Year 7 students will visit Fleet Air Arm Museum in Yeovilton in order to carry out a series of enterprise challenges with the focus of developing maths skills in a business context. Activities include break even, daily income, and operation costs of the minibus. The other half of the year group will be based at school carrying out the Summer Holiday challenge. Students will be taking on the role of a travel agent who organises trips/ holidays for school. Students will be arranging a trip for Year 7 students at Preston School. This trip could be anywhere in the world! Students will conduct their own market research. They will then analyse their findings, choose a location and form a trip itinerary. Once they’ve completed all the costings for the trip, students will need to pitch their ideas.

In Year 8, students will take part in UK maths challenge. They will have the opportunity to compete in the national competition which promotes links between maths and industry.

In Year 9, students have the option to join a maths progression programme. This is an after school club which works with Exeter University – it highlights career progression in STEM subjects.

In Year 10, some maths students will take part in the ‘Maths for everyone’ programme run by Bristol University. This programme is focussed on high ability Year 10’s and is centred around making connections with importance of maths in a variety of industries. Also, in this year some maths students will attend the Longleat trip with the business students and will carry out maths challenges around the park to develop functional maths skills.


Design & Technology

design & technology

This subject focuses more on careers in the curriculum throughout Year 10 and 11, as students approach their GCSE’s and are making decisions for their future.

In Year 10, textile students take a trip to the Clothes Show Live, this gives students the opportunity to speak to universities and companies about careers within the textiles industry and how to achieve these roles. Catering students take a trip to Exeter Food festival and are given the opportunity to talk to local businesses about their produce, how it is made, marketing and job roles available within the local area. Catering students also take a trip to the restaurant ZaZa Bazar. This gives students the opportunity to visit and international restaurant and talk to a variety of chefs who have trained around the world, as well as sample the different food types.

In Year 11, all students expand on the knowledge they’ve gained from previous trips and are taught more in depth, about the different job roles within textiles, engineering, product design and catering, within the local community.



In Year 7, students learn about careers and the world of work by visiting Winchester Science, Natural History Museum and the Living Jungle.

In Year 8, students attend a workshop on Careers with animals at Bristol Zoo. This enables all students to speak to different members of staff around the zoo and learn about the variety of job roles involved in caring for animals and working in a zoo.

In Year 9, students take part in the GSK challenge – Fighting Malaria. In past years’ students have beaten over 137 schools to reach the final of the challenge, which involved a presentation at the science museum in London to the judges as well as other finalists. This not only helps to develop presentation skills, confidence and the ability to face a tough Q&A panel, it also looks at the pharmaceutical industry on a wider spectrum and the challenges of a career within the industry.

In Year 10, students take part in a visit to Hinkley Point C. With the upcoming development of Hinkley Point C this is a great visit for students to discover the career prospects in this local area that will be growing rapidly over the coming years. They will also learn about the talent academy that is growing around Hinkley Point C and the apprenticeship scheme they offer as it develops. A great opportunity for our budding construction and engineering students!

In Year 11 as GCSE’s approach, there is a lesser focus on careers within the curriculum. However, we do promote and advertise the work experience offered during holiday time with Gap Medics. This is a great opportunity for students to get further medical work experience in their own time at local hospitals, this is also widely recognised on UCAS applications for those applying to study medicine later on.

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