Parkside School

Curriculum Offer - Parkside PRIDE

Curriculum Offer - Parkside PRIDE

The curriculum at Parkside School is designed to be balanced, challenging and relevant. It is also innovative and personalised, built around students’ individual needs and based on their ability and potential.

At Parkside School, we want our students to be highly successful in their learning. We offer a broad range of subjects at all levels preparing students for further education and future careers. We are also responsive to the national agenda thus ensuring that our students can compete robustly with all students nationally.

At all key stages the curriculum is underpinned by the Aspire2b programme which includes an extensive extracurricular programme, CEIAG and preparation for the world beyond school alongside development of the individual learner and the wider skills needed to positively contribute to society. All students study PSHE on a weekly basis, this is planned to cover all elements of the personal, social, health and economic education programme throughout the year.

Curriculum Intent:

Our curriculum intent is based on our vision of PRIDE in Parkside, with our students being:

· Prepared for success at Parkside and beyond

· Respectful people who embrace and celebrate diversity

· Independent and responsible learners

· Determined people who strive to improve

· Excellent people with a breadth of experiences

(Please see the Parkside PRIDE Curriculum section of the website for further details).

Key Stage 3

During key stage 3 (Years 7-9) Parkside students follow a very broad and challenging curriculum consisting of a wide range of diverse subjects. This comprises of the core subjects: English, Maths, Science, Core PE and PSHE. Students also study a foreign language (French or Spanish), Geography, History, Religious Studies, Drama, Art, Music and Technology; which includes Engineering, Food, Product Design and Textiles.

In addition, students experience careers education and guidance through the Parkside Aspire2b programme. All of which provide students with a wide-ranging experience on which to build in the next stage of their learning.

Key Stage 4

At key stage 4 (Years 10 and 11) all students will follow a similar compulsory core curriculum consisting of 5 academic GCSE subjects: English Language, English Literature, Mathematics and Combined Science, which is worth 2 GCSE grades. Students will also continue to study PSHE as part of their personal development and Core PE to promote an active and healthy lifestyle.

Further to this, students will make 4 further option choices from the broad spectrum of academic, practical, creative and vocational course that are on offer at Parkside. The vast majority of KS4 courses lead to subjects that can be studied at Parkside 6th form.

Courses offered as part of the KS4 options process at Parkside School:

Ebacc Subjects:

French, Spanish, Geography, History, Separate Science, Computer Science.

Practical / Creative /Technical Subjects:

Art, Business, Dance (Performing Arts), Design Technology, Drama, Engineering, Health & Social Care, Hospitality & Catering, ICT (Creative Media), PE, Photography, Religious Studies, Sports Studies.


The Aspire2b programme continues to offer a range of careers information and guidance as well as enterprise education. This includes CV writing, a work experience placement day, bespoke Higher Education visits and all students also receive independent careers advice and take part in a mock interview process with a local employee.

Key Stage 5

Students in Parkside 6th form study 3 A Level, or equivalent, courses. There is a broad offer of academic and vocational qualifications with specific subject course requirements. This study leads to higher Education, Apprenticeships or advanced employment.

However, Parkside 6th form is not just about work, our students are actively involved in an enrichment programme on a Wednesday afternoon as well as being involved in the community through local charity work and work experience. Enrichment provides students with the opportunity to either study further academic and creative courses such as Further Maths and or/and participate in work with the community, student support and assisting with students in the Specialist Provision. The Aspire2b programme also continues through 6th form with students experiencing a wide variety of careers information and guidance.

Courses offered as part of the KS5 options process at Parkside School:

Mathematics, Further Maths, English Lang Lit, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, French, Spanish, Geography, Religious Studies, History, Law, Psychology, Sociology, Product Design, Art, Photography, Applied Science, Business, Food & Nutrition, Health & Social Care, ICT, Performing Arts (Drama/Dance), Sports Studies.

In addition, all students continue to study PSHE as part of their personal development.


Parkside P.R.I.D.E Curriculum

Curriculum Intent:

Prepared for success at Parkside and beyond

  • Developing employability skills and entering the working world
  • Positively contributing to society
  • Articulating their goals and how they will achieve them

Respectful people who embrace and celebrate diversity

  • Empathetic to the learning and needs of all
  • Understand the importance of tolerance
  • Experience an inclusive learning environment
  • A willingness to participate with enrichment opportunities
  • Continued focus on improving standards of literacy and numeracy
  • A mature approach to learning a breadth of knowledge

Independent and responsible learners

  • Application of metacognitive skills
  • Accepting and acting on feedback positively
  • Making full use of learning opportunities in school and at home

Determined people who strive to improve

  • Being resilient with a positive attitude
  • Actively contributing to learning
  • Having the courage to learn from mistakes

Excellent people with a breadth of experiences

The curriculum is progressive, throughout all of these PRIDE elements students will build on prior knowledge enabling them to access future knowledge.

Curriculum Implementation:

In order for students to deepen their understanding across all subjects at Parkside we are implementing the ‘Parkside PRIDE’ curriculum. This is based on Rosenshine’s principles of instruction:

  • Sequencing concepts
  • Questioning
  • Modelling and practice
  • Reviewing material

Lessons therefore are progress focused, with steps made to:

  • Plan for groups of learners and individual needs
  • Recap essential knowledge
  • Teach the new knowledge / skill
  • Independently practice until a level of consistency is reached
  • Apply the knowledge accurately in a range of contexts

Alongside our teaching, learning and subject development we continue to embed our PRIDE behaviour expectations, promote outstanding attitudes to learning and personal development.


Curriculum Impact:

Each unit studied has a ‘Knowledge and Skills Expectations’ list. Student achievement is measured by assessing the knowledge and skills from each unit. Each student has an expected range to meet, using their prior attainment as a start point.

Following each assessment, a learning review is carried out to address mistakes, challenge misconceptions and practice metacognitive skills. Students have the opportunity to improve their score to reach their expected range and beyond.

The impact of our curriculum is:

  • Progress has improved over the past 4 years from -0.13 to +0.12 (+0.31 in 2020) demonstrating the learning gains made by students over time.
  • AT KS5, the best 3 score has risen from 21.92 to 29.51, with 84% of students in 2020 going on to attend University / Further Education, 8% to Apprenticeships and 8% into employment.
  • Improvements in literacy and numeracy are exemplified in the improvement of Parkside’s progress in English +0.2 (2019), +0.25 (2020) and Maths +0.25 (2019), +0.35 (2020), with English and Maths combined 5+ at 48%.
  • NEET are well below the national rate. In 2019, only 4% of students were identified as being NEET 6 months after leaving Parkside.