At the start of the academic year all students receive their own timetable, which consists of six fifty-minute lessons each day apart from Tuesday, where students complete five lessons and finish College at 2:45pm.
Throughout Years 7 and 8, all students follow a wide range of courses, which offer a broad and balanced curriculum. Although there is an emphasis on the core subjects of English, mathematics and science, the curriculum is designed to give our students a wide range of experience in many of the creative and technical subjects. All students study technology, a modern foreign language, history, geography, Physical Education, computing and each of the creative and performing arts subjects, including drama and dance.
In Years 9, 10 and 11, all students continue to study the core subjects, core PE and Personal, Social and Health Education, which includes Careers and Guidance. In addition, students specialise in their studies by choosing options from a range of subjects, after considering the extensive advice and information offered by the College Careers and Guidance Service. Each student has an individual interview in Years 8 and 9 to help guide them through their selection process. As part of our GCSE options, we offer many exciting and varied courses, such as photography, business studies, engineering and sociology.
Students are assigned to a mixed ability vertical House group with their own tutor who will stay with them throughout their time at Crookhorn College and will monitor their welfare and academic progress. In the majority of subjects, students are taught in mixed ability groups. In certain subjects, like maths, students are still set by attainment.
The College encourages all students to be independent learners and to use our excellent library to assist them with their homework and coursework assignments. There is a specific Homework Club staffed for Years 7-10, which is held in the Library every day after College. For Year 11, there is a staffed Homework Club held in one of the computer suites, as well as a Y11 study room, which students can access after College to work on homework and revision.
Throughout the year, curriculum areas organise a number of extra-curricular activities to enrich students’ education. Our active links with both Chichester and Portsmouth Universities are part of our programme of challenge days, workshops and public performances, which provides further opportunities for students with particular talents and interests.
We have calendared opportunities every term for parents to review their child’s progress. We invite parents to meet with the subject teachers at Parents Evenings held at regular points in the year. These vital points of contact between the College and parents underpin our belief in the value of the Home/College partnership. In addition, parents are also encouraged to attend Student Progress Reviews (SPR); these are twenty minute one to one interviews involving the parent, child and tutor, and take place twice a year.