Curriculum Aim:
The curriculum at Marriotts is extended and personalised to meet the needs of all learners allowing all to make progress throughout their school career. There is flexibility in the curriculum to allow for adaptations to be made that are responsive to the needs of individuals and groups of students as they progress through the school.

There are five key principles underpinning the design of the school’s curriculum:

•  All pupils have access to a broad, balanced and coherent curriculum that supports learning and allows for a variety of future paths to be followed.
•  A strong core ensures that time is given to embedding basic skills at an early stage so that students are able to access the wider curriculum.
•  An extended curriculum ensures all students have access to catch-up, extension and enrichment.
•  The curriculum is shared with partners in the town, to provide students with the widest possible choice at KS5.
•  The curriculum represents value for money to ensure funding is focused on the progress and achievement of students.

The School Timetable Structure:
The school operates a two week timetable with each day split into five one hour lessons. The reasons for this choice are:
•   There is greater flexibility in the division of time between subjects.
•   Subjects can be given a variety of times in the day for lessons across the fortnight (other constraints permitting.)
•   This model allows for some consistency with other Stevenage schools in order to facilitate the KS5 consortium sharing of courses.
•   All year groups will have one hour of Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural education once per 10 day cycle in Marriotts’ Life Skills. This model will allow for extended assemblies; visiting speakers; individual and group withdrawal to support students learning and embed the ethos of the school within all groups.

Curriculum at Key Stage 3:

Subject totals per two week cycle:
•   English = 8 hours
•   Maths = 8 hours
•   Science = 8 hours
•   Humanities= 7 hours (3x History; 3x Geography; 1 x Religious Education)
•   MFL = 4 hours
•   Performing Arts (Dance/Drama/Music)= 4 Hours
•   PE= 4 hours
•   Enterprise = (2 hours x Art, 1 x Computing) ( Carousel of Resistant Materials; Food Technology and Textiles)
•   Marriotts’ Life Skills = 1 hour

Setting will take place ONLY in English, Maths and Science. All other subjects are taught in mixed ability groups. Humanities; Performing Arts and Marriotts’ Life Skills are taught as tutor groups. Modern Foreign Languages, PE and Enterprise are divided into mixed ability teaching. Due to the size of the cohorts, KS3 are taught in half year groups.
This limit on setting across year groups is intended to avoid the ‘sink set’ mentality that can be so pervasive but still ensure, through setting in the core, that careful tracking and intervention can occur, in line with national guidelines.
The SMSC and PSHE programmes are also supported by theme days spread across the year that allow for an intensive focus on a topic.

Curriculum at Key Stage 4:

In Year 11
Core Subjects:
•  GCSE English Language and English Literature= 8 hours
•  GCSE Maths= 8 hours
•  GCSE Triple or Core and Additional Science= 8hours
•  BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Sports Studies = 6 hours
•  Life skills= 1 hour
•  Students selecting Triple Science receive an additional 2 hours of Science; all other students receive an additional hour of English and Maths. This essentially defines those taking Triple Science as a discrete group within English and Maths setting.

In Year 10
Core Subjects:
•  GCSE English Language and English Literature= 9 hours
•  GCSE Maths= 8 hours
•  GCSE Triple or Core and Additional Science= 8hours
•  BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Sports Studies = 6 hours
•  Life skills= 1 hour
•  Students selecting Triple Science select it as one of their options and so have an additional 6 hours of Science per fortnightly cycle.

All KS4:
Life skills is taught in tutor groups. PE is set according to ability.
Options courses receive 6 hours each in Year 10 and 11.
Students select three options each. Guidance is given to students on the balance of GCSE and BTEC subjects they should take according to ability.

Options in 2016 are:
•   BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate Music
•   BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate Drama
•   BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate Dance
•   BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate Health and Social Care
•   BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate Business Studies
•   BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate IT
•   GCSE Art
•   GCSE History
•   GCSE Geography
•   GCSE French
•   GCSE German
•   GCSE Computing
•   GCSE Resistant Materials
•   GCSE Art
•   GCSE Food
•   GCSE Spanish

Curriculum Key Stage 5
All students are required to attend school for 25 hours per week and will be in supervised study whenever they are not in formal lessons. All students are required to attend one hour of Marriotts Sixth per cycle to allow for intervention; mentoring and support to be appropriately targeted and for students to have access to the Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural and Careers and Health guidance required.
All students are required to take a full time programme of study equivalent to 3 full qualifications.
Students are taught for 8 hours per timetable cycle per subject and study work is set for an additional 8 hours per subject minimum.
Students may select to take up a course with the Stevenage Sixth partner schools: Nobel School, Barclay School or Barnwell School. They will need to travel to their guest centre site and return to school for their study periods.
Subjects are split over two different days and sessions across the week.

Options offered at Marriotts centre in 2016 are:
• AS Mathematics
• A Level English Literature
• A Level Creative Writing
• AS/A2 Media Studies
• A Level History
•   A Level Sociology
•   A Level Biology
•   A Level Chemistry
•   A2 Product Design
•   A Level German
•   A Level French
•   BTEC Level 3 Sports Studies
•   BTEC Level 3 ICT
•   BTEC Level 3 Business Studies
•   BTEC Level 3 Performing Arts Dance
•   BTEC Level 3 Performing Arts Drama
•   BTEC Level 3 Music Composition
•   BTEC Level 3 Public Services
•   BTEC Level 3 Art
•   BTEC Level 3 Creative Media
•   BTEC Level 3 Health and Social Care
•   BTEC Level 3 Travel and Tourism
•   BTEC Level 3 Applied Science
•    iGCSE English Language
•   GCSE Mathematics
•   Extended Project Qualification

The Structure of the Faculty Areas:
•   Curriculum subjects are grouped under 8 Faculty areas.
•   Each Core Faculty area is overseen by a Head of Faculty, Second in Faculty and Third in Faculty.
•   Other Faculty areas are overseen by Heads of Faculty or subject.
•   The Learning Support Team follows a separate structure.
•   Each Faculty area is monitored by a member of the Senior Leadership Team.
•   Each Faculty has its own designated area of the school.
•   There are 9 computer hub facilities for Faculties to share through a central booking system.