Curriculum Caldicot School aims to provide a curriculum that is flexible, accessible and inspiring. In accordance with the relevant Education Acts, we aim to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of our pupils and prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. These aims are delivered by the statutory curriculum and by a range of cross-curricular and extra-curricular activities. By offering a range of courses for all pupils and by implementing a variety of effective teaching methods, we strive to create an ethos of high achievement, personal challenge and mutual respect. Our whole-school curriculum focus is to create a learning culture that raises achievement by equipping our pupils with the skills necessary to become independent and inter-dependent life-long learners. All pupils follow the National Curriculum for Key Stage 3. Their programme of study includes: English, Mathematics, Science, Welsh, Art, Drama, Geography, History, Information & Communication Technology (ICT), Modern Foreign Languages, Music, Physical Education, Personal & Social Education (PSE), Religious Education and Design & Technology. ICT is taught as a separate subject, to equip all pupils with the skills they need to make effective use of IT resources in their other subjects. PSE is delivered mainly through the timetabled tutor periods, supplemented occasionally by theatre-in-education performances, workshops and guest speakers. The Caldicot Skill Curriculum is designed to give pupils the opportunity to learn, acquire and develop skills through a structured ‘skill build’ programme across the Key Stage 3 curriculum. It also provides opportunities for pupils to gain Level 1 or Level 2 Essential Skills Wales qualifications in the three Core Essential Skills of Communication, Application of Number and ICT by the end of Key Stage 3 or Key Stage 4. In Year 9, pupils choose the optional subjects they wish to study at Key Stage 4. Pupils are guided very carefully through this process in order that they make the choices that are appropriate for their needs, abilities and aspirations. The Year 9 options process begins in the latter half of the autumn term where pupils receive a number of presentations in assemblies from Subject Leaders and outside agencies for courses they may not have experienced at Key Stage 3. In February of Year 9, parents are invited to attend our Year 9 Options Evening where they too can listen to these presentations and speak to our Subject Leaders to discuss the suitability of courses for their children. Careers Wales advisors are also available to give further guidance on career, further and higher education pathways. Pupils in Years 10 and 11 follow the core National Curriculum of English, Mathematics, Science (with the option of separate sciences leading to 3 GCSEs), Welsh, Religious Education, Physical Education, PSE and (from September 2016) the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification. In addition pupils choose three subjects from a range of options. A variety of vocational qualifications are available to compliment the traditional GCSE qualifications.