Learning at Furze Platt is broken down into three Key Stages – Key Stages 3, 4, and 5. In each of the Key Stages, students spend 25 minutes each day either in assembly, or engaging in tutorial activities. These focus to a large extent on social, moral, spiritual, cultural and religious issues, and help students develop into thinking and active citizens.
The remainder of the formal curriculum consists of subject lessons.
Key Stage 3
In Years 7 and 8 students follow a curriculum that is designed to:
1. Be broad and balanced, giving students a common body of knowledge and information, whatever GCSE subjects they subsequently take.
2. Maximise their learning capacity. We want all our students to be excited, engaged and curious. We want them to be independent, well-organised, and able to structure and communicate extended pieces of work. we want them to be resilient and tenacious, ready to take risks and learn from their mistakes.
3. Ensure students are ready for, and excited by, the challenges of GCSEs.
We thus ensure that students cover a full range of subjects, including:
Core subjects - English, Maths and Science
Humanities - History, Geography, RE and PSHE
Art and Technology - Fine Art, Product Design and Food Technology
Modern Foreign Languages – currently all students study French in Year 7 and additionally study in either German or Spanish.
Performing Arts subjects – Music and Drama
Students study a full programme of Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance from Year 8 onwards, and from Year 9 attend the annual Careers and Higher Education Fair.
Students currently start GCSE subjects at the beginning of Year 9, and take English Literature, English Language, Maths, two or three Science subjects and four option subjects from a broad range, including Art, Business Studies, Child Development, Computing, Construction, Drama, French, German, Information Technology, Physical Education, Product Design, Resistant Materials and Spanish.
Our large and highly-regarded Sixth Form runs a wide variety of A-Level courses, and a smaller range of vocational alternatives. Students opt for one of three pathways, according to their aptitude, interest and what they want to study at university. We work with other Maidenhead schools to broaden the range of courses on offer. Students get full support in their applications for apprenticeships or to university, including dedicated support for those applying for Oxbridge places.