The course aims to develop pupils’ creativity and imagination through more sustained activities, helping pupils to build on and improve their practical and critical skills and to extend their knowledge and experience of materials, processes and practices.
They will learn about art, craft and design in the contemporary world and from different times and cultures. They will become more independent in using visual language to communicate their own ideas, feelings and meaning, and the appropriate use of ICT is encouraged in all programmes of study.
Head of Department: Mrs G Wilson
Teaching Staff: Mrs W London | Mrs H Phipps
This department encompasses Resistant Materials, Systems and Control, Food, Textiles and Graphics.
Pupils undertake a balanced programme of design and technological activities working with a wide range of materials. Much of the work is skills-based, reinforced by a series of problem-solving challenges, in which pupils investigate a given brief, working through the design process, which is common to all disciplines. The aim is for pupils to combine practical and intellectual skills with an understanding of aesthetic, technical, social, economic, industrial and environmental issues.
Head of Department: Mrs L Chauhan | Mr S Ogleby
Teaching Staff: Mr T Clark | Mrs F Clarke | Mr R Fisher | Miss S Leedham>
Pupils follow a three year course based on the National Framework for English.
We aim to ensure that pupils acquire the skills needed to communicate confidently and effectively, both orally and in writing. We also encourage pupils to develop a love for reading by introducing them to a wide range of texts – both literary and non-literary.
Head of Department: Mr K Neville
Teaching Staff: Mr J Green (2nd in charge of English) | Miss D Cooper | Mrs K Craddock | Mr J Franco | Mrs S Lawrence | Miss W Scott | Miss C Smith | Mrs L Smith | Miss L Woodford
Pupils develop their geographical skills by studying the interactions that take place between humans and our physical surroundings.
Year 7 covers: What is Geography?, My Place, Weather and Climate, Maps, Rivers, Flooding and Fishing. Year 8 covers: Development, Earthquakes, Space, Brazil, Rainforest, the European Union and France. Year 9 covers: Population, Japan, Global Issues, Coasts, Desertification and New York City.
Head of Department: Mr J Minion
Teaching Staff: Miss H Atkinson | Mrs I Clark | Mr A Gealy | Miss N Shaikh
History is taught through a chronological approach whilst drawing out key historical themes throughout our programme of study. Local, national and international history is covered to include major historical events and a focus on major historical figures.
Pupils develop key historical skills alongside a knowledge and understanding of history that helps them to gain a better understanding of the world in which we live. Year 7 currently explores: An Introduction to key skills; Roman Britain; and Britain, 1066-1500, which focuses on the changing nature of power in our nation. Year 8 currently includes Tudor and Stuart Britain, with a strong focus on the foundation of modern parliament and the changing nature of kingship; the Industrial Revolution and the development of the British Empire. In our study of the British Empire, we explore the transatlantic slave trade and its wider impact on our society alongside key case studies for the Empire such as colonial America, India and Australia. Year 9 pupils learn about the causes, course and consequences of the First and Second World Wars alongside efforts to maintain peace in Europe between 1918 and 1939. We also explore the reconstruction of post-war Britain and the Cold War. Our Year 9 programme of study is designed to fully prepare students opting for GCSE history in Years 10 and 11 with our chosen specification: Edexcel Modern World History.
Head of Department: Mr J Minion
Teaching Staff: Mr J Barton | Mr J Carr | Miss S Clay | Mr S Patterson | Mrs R Thorpe | Mr I Wilson
Pupils in years 8 and 9 have an ICT lesson every week. Pupils in year 7 have 20 lessons a year in ICT.
Pupils cover a wide variety of topics and skills: text and graphics, presentations, modelling data using spreadsheets, databases, internet skills, web design, web animation, control systems, leaflet and poster design, and in Year 9 extended projects in preparation for GCSE’s.
A variety of software is used including MS PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Publisher, Access, Macromedia Dreamweaver, Flash and Kar2ouche.
Head of Department: Mr R Patel
Teaching Staff: Mr T Allen | Mrs C Park | Mr C Turner
All our pupils follow the National Curriculum. This includes work on Number, Algebra, Proportion and Rates of Change, Geometry & Measure, and Probability & Statistics. There is an emphasis on problem solving and understanding mathematics. The pupils use a variety of resources, which are matched to their ability. ICT resources are used widely by teachers in lessons.
At GCSE pupils follow the AQA GCSE Mathematics (specification 8300) at either Foundation or Higher tier. Those pupils at Higher tier follow either the Higher strand, focussed at grades 4, 5, 6 and 7 or the Higher+ strand focussed at grades 6, 7, 8 and 9. Pupils have access to supporting material through the college’s Moodle site and the MyMaths and Kerboodle websites.
Director of Mathematics & Numeracy: Mr P Mattock
Teaching Staff: Mr M Higham (2nd in charge) | Mr L Baker | Miss C Bearne | Mr S Elkins | Mr M Gardner | Mr J Howell | Mr A Price | Miss S Richardson | Miss H Wells
Music is taught as a practical subject throughout Years 7, 8 and 9. Throughout all topics, pupils will have the opportunity to use their voices, keyboards, guitars, numerous percussion instruments and electronic equipment.
Pupils will work as individuals and in small groups in both practising performances and devising and developing their own music. They will learn about music from around the world and from different periods of time, as well as the structure and elements of music.
Head of Department: Miss S Styles
Teaching Staff: Miss R Pilgrim
Modern Foreign Languages
The Modern Foreign Languages department at Brockington is a dynamic and forward-looking faculty which successfully combines enthusiasm with experience in teaching our pupils. We believe in teaching the knowledge of how to learn language combined with the linguistic and cultural aspects of the language itself.
The course is taught and assessed on the four skills of speaking, writing, reading and listening. We cover 4 topics a year which mirror the topics that need to be covered for GCSE of Home and Environment, Home and Education, Lifestyle (Healthy living and Relationships) and Leisure.
Head of Department: Mr D Pickering | Teaching Staff: Mrs K Chamberlain | Mrs L Ireland | Mrs S Morjaria | Miss E Smales
The PE curriculum offers a comprehensive range of experiences to meet the needs of individual pupils and encourage active involvement by all as performers, observers and officials. Modules ensure that pupils will experience athletics, dance, gymnastics and health related fitness, games (rugby, football, netball, basketball, badminton, table tennis, hand ball, hockey, cricket and rounders).
Pupils are taught new skills and are encouraged to apply them effectively in a variety of different situations. Pupils are encouraged to develop positive personal qualities such as tolerance, fun, play, sportsmanship, enthusiasm, confidence and an awareness of individual strengths and weaknesses and a positive attitude towards and active and healthy lifestyle.
Head of Department: Mr S Platts
Teaching Staff: Miss D Frazer | Mr M Gardner | Mr J Marsden | Miss S Heggs | Ms J Wyeth
In the Year 7 programme All about Me, pupils complete seven modules all delivered by their form tutor. The modules cover several topics, including who they are, what inspires them, the relationships they have and issues such as bullying. Conflict is discussed as a theme including national and global conflicts. Healthy lifestyles, fair and ethical trading, local democracy and how they can be an active citizen, life skills including budgeting and environmental awareness are all covered throughout the year.
In the Year 8 programme Society and Me, pupils complete six modules delivered on a rotational basis by Year 8 form tutors. The modules cover several topics, including healthy living and the importance of activity, self-esteem and the opportunity to reflect on their own strengths and weaknesses Pupils will also examine elections and voting within in the UK, which allows them to identify how they can participate in national politics. Political systems around the world and the fairness of these, will also be studied.
In the Year 9 programme Me and the World, pupils complete seven modules delivered on a rotational basis by Year 9 form tutors. These modules cover several topics including sex education, Youth Justice System in the UK. Human rights are discussed as a theme including the topic of child carers, child worker s and the trafficking of children. Careers advice and guidance is provided through the examination of future pathways and Key Stage 4 option choices.
The PSHCE curriculums allow pupils the opportunity to work independently, and as part of teams. It encourages them gain an awareness of current political and social events and helps them to develop the skills to actively and positively participate locally, nationally and globally in society.
Head of Department: Miss H Broadfield | Mrs R Thorpe
Teaching Staff: All form tutors deliver PSHCE programme of study
Religious Education is taught as part of the entitlement curriculum of all pupils in England and Wales. The Scheme of Work has been developed around the QCA/DfES National Framework and the Leicestershire Agreed Syllabus and have been amended to include some AQA GCSE study ready for transition to KS4. It is approved by the board of Governors and local Diocese. It includes changes and updates in accordance with the new National Curriculum with a focus on Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS). Pupils have 1 lesson a week and all years are taught in mixed ability groups.
Head of Department: Mrs A McKenzie
Teaching Staff: Mrs V Lee | Mrs L Liquorish | Mrs S Shaikh
Science is made up of three distinct disciplines: Biology, Chemistry and Physics. After a brief introduction in year 7, pupils in all years will attempt 4 seasonal modules that contain concepts from all three disciplines. Pupils learn about the world around them, from the microscopic cell to the macroscopic solar system. Pupils will develop their knowledge and understanding, whilst also increasing their ability in the practical nature of investigative Science.
Pupils will be assessed through their classwork, both paper-based and online homework, APP (Assessing Pupils Progress) coursework-style tasks, week-long practical investigations called POAEs and short answer exam papers for each module.
Head of Department: Miss K Parmar
Teaching Staff: Miss H Clarke (2nd in charge) | Mrs C Burchett | Mrs V Carr | Mr J Conway | Miss K Dicketts | Miss L Jameson | Mrs S Johal | Mrs T Scoggins | Mr C Turner | Mrs A Willcock
Special Educational Needs & Disabilities
Brockington College provides a broad and balanced curriculum for all its pupils, including those with Special Education Needs & Disabilities. The school maintains an additional needs record that is regularly reviewed to evaluate and monitor pupil progress.
We are committed to inclusion, parent partnership, pupil participation and equal access to all areas of the curriculum. Our aim is to help to improve basic literacy and numeracy skills and to develop pupils’ independent work and life skills.
Special needs staff work with subject staff to provide in-class support; to help to adapt materials for pupil use; to team teach in some subject areas; to directly teach basic skills and to deliver intervention programmes.
Special Needs Coordinator: Mrs S Lawrence
Teaching Staff: Miss S Abell | Mrs C Coleman | Mrs K Craddock | Mrs K Gray | Mrs T Jones | Mrs M Lemmon | Miss C Lucas | Miss L Reynolds | Miss L Sharman | Miss C Smith | Mrs L Tailby | Mrs A Whetton | Miss E Willson