Key Stage 3 for Children aged 12-14 years
Students in Key Stage 3 follow the National Curriculum for England and Wales. This includes the following subjects: English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, World Religions, ICT, Music, Art, Drama, Design Technology, PSCHE, Physical Education, and a Modern Foreign Language - French, German, Mandarin or Spanish.
A small number of students study English as an Additional Language. This is offered to those students who are new to the school and find English difficult.
Teachers engage students by using a wide range of lively activities; lessons are interactive and challenging, extending students' understanding and their ability to develop critical thinking. BSB offers an extensive range of subjects and lesson delivery is complemented by the resources available. Class teachers make use of the whiteboard and the portable laptops, there are fully equipped Music and Science rooms, and the sports facilities have been revolutionised by the addition of the dome.
The Secondary School bases its principles on a positive behaviour strategy which is an extension of the programme operated in the Primary School. Good work is rewarded through individual merits, congratulatory postcards, certificates and Head Teacher's awards. Contribution to school life is awarded through the House point system where students are given points which then go towards the end of year trophy for the House with the most credits. Running parallel to this is a sanctions system whereby poor or unacceptable behaviour is noted and an accumulation of strikes will be followed up by our tutor and pastoral team. The rewards and sanctions are clearly explained to students at the beginning of the year and this forms encouragement and sets boundaries in which they are able to work.
All students in the Secondary School are offered a range of co-curricular activities (CCA's) that range from academic programmes to sporting and fun activities. Students are expected to take at least 2 CCA's each week.
Assessment and target setting
Students are assessed throughout Key Stage 3 via written work, verbal participation, unit tests, projects, presentations and end of year examinations.
Regular feedback provides indicators for both students and teachers of where the student is at a moment in time and what they need to aim for.
They are able to set targets for improvement. In May of each year, students will sit end of year examinations and the results of these help inform teachers of individual progress in preparation for the following year.
Several evenings are arranged over the course of the academic year whereby parents have the opportunity to meet teachers.
The Secondary School holds several information evenings regarding transition, IGCSE options, and Post 16 education. There are also consultation evenings in November, February and May as well as an additional opportunity after examinations have been completed should there be specific concerns. Over and above this, parents are welcome to meet with teachers to discuss their child's progress at any time throughout the year, though we do ask you make an appointment through the office.
KS3 entry dates
Year 7 entry for children aged 11 by 31st August
Year 8 entry for children aged 12 by 31st August
Year 9 entry for children aged 13 by 31st