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The Pathways Curriculum

“Every Pathway Leads to Success”

From Year 10 the curriculum is divided into 4 pathways to meet the individual needs and aspirations of our students. The pathways are named after four inspirational women who have excelled in their area of expertise.  They had the courage to take risks, challenge gender stereotypes and follow their dreams. These four women represent the high aspirations we have for our students and the strength of character we wish them to demonstrate whilst working to achieve their goals.

They are given support and guidance throughout the pathway process to ensure that the subjects and courses selected suit their ability, ambitions and specific needs.

 


The Curie Pathway

Marie Curie was a Polish-born physicist and chemist and one of the most famous scientists of her time.  Marie faced great opposition from male scientists in France, and she never received significant financial benefits from her work. Despite this she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1903, and she went on to win a second Nobel Prize, for Chemistry, in 1911.  Her research was crucial in the development of x-rays in surgery. During World War One Curie helped to equip ambulances with x-ray equipment, which she herself drove to the front lines.

 

The Curie Pathway includes studying GCSEs in English Language, English Literature, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Religious Studies, History or Geography and a Language. All students study Core PE.


The Hadid Pathway

Dame Zaha Hadid was an Iraqi-born British architect, who became one of the most celebrated architects in the world despite architecture being a male dominated industry.  She made her early reputation largely upon her teaching and the imaginative and colourful paintings she made of her proposed buildings. In 2004, she was the first woman to win the Pritzker Prize, architecture’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize. She received the UK's most prestigious architectural award, the Stirling Prize in 2010 and 2011. In 2012, she was made a Dame by Queen Elizabeth II for services to architecture, and in 2015 she became the first woman to be awarded the Royal Gold Medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects. She is responsible for the design of the Aquatics Centre built for the 2012 London Olympics.

The Hadid Pathway includes studying GCSEs in English Language, English Literature, Maths, Combined Science, Religious Studies, History or Geography and a Language and a choice of one other EBacc subject and open subjects. All students study core PE.


The Angelou Pathway

Maya Angelou was a black American author, poet, historian, songwriter, playwright, dancer, stage and screen producer, director, performer, singer, and civil rights activist. She was best known for her seven autobiographical books and has been nominated for National Book Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. The first black woman director in Hollywood, Angelou wrote, produced, directed, and starred in productions for stage, film, and television. She received the Golden Eagle Award and was twice nominated for a Tony award for acting. In 2000, she received the National Medal of Arts, and in 2010 she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.

The Angelou Pathway includes studying GCSEs in English Language, English Literature, Maths, Combined Science, Religious Studies, History or Geography and a Language and a choice of one other EBacc subject and open subjects.  All students study core PE.


The Rowling Pathway

J.K. Rowling is a British novelist best known as the writer of the Harry Potter book series. Before her work was an international hit, she had to fight through her doubts, fears, and low standard of living. She had to work long and hard for a goal that she knew may never actually be reached before writing Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. In 1996, the script of her first Harry Potter book was turned down by 12 publishers but since then, the Harry Potter books have been translated into 73 different languages and sold more than 450 million copies. They have become the best-selling book series in history and it has even been made into a blockbuster films series. 

The Rowling Pathway is provided for students who benefit from a personalised provision in literacy, numeracy and life skills.  The Rowling Pathway is led by specialist teachers and supported by experienced Teaching Assistants. The Rowling Pathway includes studying Entry Level English, Maths, Science, ASDAN and 2 other courses. All students study core PE.


Courses Available to Study in Year 10 and 11

EBacc Subjects

Open Subjects

Access & Inclusion 

Higher Able

In Key Stage 4, higher able students will be pushed to achieve the very highest grades. The school continues to improve the number of students achieving the very highest grades, with a significant percentage of students last Year achieving the new Grade 9 in English and Maths. More options are available through the Scholarship programme, where students get the opportunities to visit universities and attend conferences aimed at raising aspirations. They will also visit some of the top local colleges and sixth forms, institutes that are amongst the best in the UK. A large proportion of Sarah Bonnell students attend these institutes each Year.

 

Year 10 Extended Learning Days

To support all of the students at Sarah Bonnell we have an exciting and stimulating programme of 5 Extended Learning Days across the Year, where the students are off-timetable for the day, participating in enriching activities to support their learning.

The purpose of Extended Learning Days are to:

  • Allow students the opportunity to experience learning outside of the classroom through a comprehensive visits and events calendar
  • Encourage students to reflect on how they are preparing to become global citizens through engaging workshops and guest speakers
  • Promote spiritual, moral, social and cultural growth by engaging with topics that promote mutual respect and cohesion

 

Date Theme
17th October 2017

Awareness Day

Be Proud

7th December 2017

Human Rights Day

Be Nice

6th February 2018

Safer Internet Day

No Excuses

8th March 2018

International Women's Day

30th April 2018

Futures @ SB Day

Aim High

6th July 2018

Learning Beyond the Classroom

Work Hard

 

Year 11 Extended Learning Days

To support all of the students at Sarah Bonnell we have an exciting and stimulating programme of 5 Extended Learning Days across the Year, where the students are off-timetable for the day, participating in enriching activities to support their learning.

The purpose of Extended Learning Days are to:

  • Allow students the opportunity to experience learning outside of the classroom through a comprehensive visits and events calendar
  • Encourage students to reflect on how they are preparing to become global citizens through engaging workshops and guest speakers
  • Promote spiritual, moral, social and cultural growth by engaging with topics that promote mutual respect and cohesion
  • Support learning in curriculum areas through curriculum support

 

Date Theme
17th October 2017

Awareness Day

Be Proud

7th December 2017

Human Rights Day

Be Nice

6th February 2018

Safer Internet Day

No Excuses

8th March 2018

International Women's Day

30th April 2018

Futures @ SB Day

Aim High