Key Stage 3 Curriculum (Years 8-10)
The curriculum in Blackwater Integrated College is delivered by subject specialist teachers who regularly update their knowledge and skills through training and sharing of practice.
The College has recently invested in developing e-learning and is now well equipped with class sets of Chromebooks. These are available for use in lessons, and homework is also set on Google Classroom. All students are trained in how to use this and are developing confidence and competence in the wide range of ICT skills required for the 21st century life and workplaces. From September 2021 all Year 8 students will be supplied with Chromebooks by the College for use in school and at home.
In recent years Blackwater Integrated College has offered an accelerated learning class in each year at Key Stage 3, enabling students to access a tailored curriculum and this has enhanced outcomes for all at Key Stage 4. A very recent inspection by ETi in October 2019 confirmed that “The outcomes attained by the pupils in most of the subjects at GCSE grades A* to C are in line with, or above, the corresponding NI subject averages”.
Excellent pastoral systems support the students in their learning, and guidance on how to study effectively is delivered in the Personal Development programme and supplemented by enjoyable practical workshops at appropriate times.
Progress is tracked throughout a student’s time at the College: targets are shared and students have access to further interventions as required.
The subjects currently studied at Key Stage 3 are:
French or Spanish
Learning for Life and Work
Art and Design
In Year 10 students will then select the subjects they wish to study for Key Stage 4 and they choose from a large range of different subjects that are both academic and vocational to allow a wide choice of career pathways and options to progress towards.