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The Curriculum Statement


The Sele School is at the heart of learning in the community it serves.  We believe that learning transforms and enriches life.  We educate the whole child, valuing academic, vocational, physical, social and emotional development.  In this school every child matters and feels a valued member of our community; consequently, learners show initiative and enterprise and achieve success in many and diverse ways.  They gain the self-confidence to be active, lifelong learners and to go out into adult life ready to make their mark.

A Learning Community

  • To promote excellence and enable students to reach their full potential in everything that they do.
  • To recognise, encourage and develop the widest possible range of skills, abilities and interests in all our students.
  • To provide a curriculum, which meets the present and future needs of all our students.
  • To develop Sport and the Performing Arts in order to:

˚     Raise standards in all areas of the curriculum

˚     Contribute to diversity and choice in educational provision in Hertford and Ware

˚     Develop interests, skills and qualities that will help young people make the transition from adolescence to adulthood

  • To develop in each student an enjoyment of learning and a commitment to learning as a lifelong process.
  • To offer high quality professional development for all staff to ensure the school’s continuous improvement and to extend personal and professional satisfaction.




The curriculum is designed to meet the needs of students of all abilities and interests and is delivered in ways that help all students reach their full potential.


Years 7 – 9 (Key Stage 3)

During Key Stage 3 all students follow a common curriculum:


Art, Computing and Information Technology, Dance, Drama, English, Geography, History,   Mathematics, a Modern Foreign Language, Music, Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) incorporating Citizenship,  Physical Education, Religious Education, Science and Technology.


Years 10 – 11 (Key Stage 4)

During Year 9, students are given guidance on which courses would be appropriate for them to study in Years 10 and 11.  All students follow a balanced curriculum, which comprises:  English Language and/or Literature, Mathematics, Science (Core and Additional Science or Triple Science in Year 11 or Core and Additional and Further Additional Science in Year 10), Physical Education and PSHE (incorporating RE, Ethics in Year 11, Citizenship and Enterprise Education) and Computing and IT. Year 10 students study a short course in RE.


Additional courses can be chosen from a range of subjects.  The following subjects are currently available:  Art and Design, Child Development, Computer Studies, Construction, Dance, Drama, French, Food Technology, Geography, History, ICT, Music, Product Design, Resistant Materials, Religious Studies, Spanish, Sports Studies and XL.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum 2015 - 2017


Years 12 and 13 (The Sixth Form)

Students take AS Levels and/or A Levels.  


A wide range of GCE ‘A’ Level courses provide the basis of our one and two year courses, including Art, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Dance, Design Technology, Drama, English Literature, Geography, History, Maths, Music Technology, Photography, Physics, Psychology and Sociology.   We presently have consortium arrangements which allow students to study additional subjects, e.g. Electronics, Leisure and Tourism.  Courses vary according to demand and a limited number of subjects can be taken through our partnership with neighbouring schools in Hertford, Ware and Welwyn.


Students in the Sixth Form can also undertake Sport and Community Service projects which help to prepare them for their future careers and/or Higher Education.


How the Classes are Organised

In Year 7 classes are either set, mixed ability or taught in Form Groups.   From Year 8 onwards students are increasingly taught in sets. Students may be moved up or down sets according to their level of effort and achievement.


Teaching and Learning


We are proud to be a comprehensive school; this means that we serve students of all abilities. We cater for these in a variety of ways which ensures all our students are appropriately encouraged, supported and challenged to reach their full potential.


Students are ‘set’ according to their ability as they move up the school and even within sets teachers carefully differentiate tasks and resources according to the abilities of students. More Able students require work that is specially matched to their needs.   Students with learning difficulties are taught by identifying challenging targets for improvement.   These are regularly monitored through Academic Review Days three times a year.


Lessons at The Sele School are characterised by excellent planning, clear outcomes, good pace and progression as well as challenge, and varied activities, which cater for a wide variety of learning styles. As they move through the school our students are also taught the skills to help them become independent learners;  vital if they are to move on to Further and Higher Education and also essential if they are to become the lifelong learners that modern society now requires.


We believe that learning can take place anywhere and by no means just in the classroom, and consequently we encourage our students to get the most out of every experience and opportunity. In this context, we provide a rich and diverse programme of extra-curricular activities and Enrichment Days, which help students develop important skills and qualities, as well as further their knowledge.





Regular homework is an essential part of the curriculum and the school seeks to work closely with parents to ensure that they have as much information as possible to support their son or daughter in this crucial area of their studies.  In Year 7, homework may take up to about one hour per night and the amount increases steadily as the students move up the school.


Homework can take a variety of forms, not all of which are written.  All students receive a homework timetable at the start of each year, and the homework set is recorded in Student Planners with information regarding the deadline.  Some homework will take the form of assignments to be completed over a period of time.  All homework can be viewed on Show My Homework which enables students/parents to access the tasks that have been set via the internet from home/Library.   In addition, reading of free choice books should play a daily part in each student's schedule and for imminent tests and examinations, well-planned revision over a reasonable time is essential.   Students are helped to acquire the skills to plan and organise their work without supervision to provide a foundation for examination success later on. Homework Club runs Monday – Thursday 3.30 – 4.30 pm in the Library.   All students are welcome to attend to undertake homework/study.


Personal, Social and Health Education


Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) is an essential part of the whole school curriculum and is seen as an important component in the life of each student.  It is designed to encourage the development of the complete person;  aesthetic and creative, human, social, literary, moral, physical and spiritual.


This is a whole-school course administered through the curriculum and the pastoral system and is delivered by teachers and specialiststaff.  The tutorial programmes consist of modules of study ranging from study skills to drugs education and health education to the influence of the media.  In Year 7 students will also be following the Resilience Programme.   This work is designed to encourage the students to become involved in 'real world' issues and to help them develop the social, problem-solving and communication skills necessary to express their own opinions with confidence and develop the emotional resilience to become successful adults.




Citizenship is taught as part of the PSHE Curriculum at both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4.  It gives pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding to play an effective role in society at local, national and international levels and encourages pupils to play a helpful part in the life of their school, neighbourhood, community and the wider world.  It also teaches them about our economy and democratic institutions and values, encourages respect for different nationalities, religions and ethnic identities, and develops pupils’ ability to reflect on issues and take part in discussions.




Careers Education and Guidance


The aim of careers guidance in the school is to prepare all students to take their place to the full in society, both as workers and as members of their local community.


Careers work forms an integral part of both the school curriculum and the pastoral system.  Time is allocated in all Key Stages within the curriculum.  Although the careers work is co-ordinated by one teacher, all tutorialstaffare actively involved.


We benefit from close links and an effective working relationship with Youth Connexions (Careers) Service.  Youth Connexions is always available to give detailed information and advice concerning employment and Further and Higher education.  The policy of the school is to introduce Careers Education in Year 7.   In Year 9, when subject and course choices and their career implications are discussed, care is exercised to ensure that the selection of subjects retains an open career choice.


During Year 10 students have the opportunity to take part in a Careers’ Carousel where employers come into school and explain their profession and skills to our learners.   Important decisions concerning future careers are made in Year 11: the transition from school to work, Further Education or a Post-16 course in school.  Every student has the opportunity of at least one interview with a Connexions Worker and one interview with an employer to gain experience.   

Post-16 students are carefully advised on Higher Education courses at universities and other places of Further Education.  They are also given relevant information regarding employment and training schemes.  


Sex and Relationships Education


Sex and relationships education is a statutory requirement and is part of the PSHE programme. At KS3 this deals with the biological study of human reproduction from conception to birth and parent care.  The physical and emotional changes associated with growing up and relationships are considered.  Contraception is dealt with simply and openly.


At KS4 Sex Education is developed with reference to relationships, aspects of health and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV.  Guest speakers (where appropriate) are invited to discuss the various topics with students.


Inevitably, some aspects of Sex Education will be met in other subject areas such as Science, English and Religious Education.


Great importance is placed upon responsibility, understanding and sensitivity to others.  In line with Department for Education guidelines, we are careful to provide correct information and dispel myths in accordance with the professional discretion of the teacher.






Support for Learning


The Support for Learning Department aims to help all students to benefit fully from the educational opportunities offered at The Sele School.  The work of the department ranges from devising individual programmes for students with special educational needs, to supporting staff in providing opportunities for extension work to students whose levels of achievement are already promising.   We also work with external agencies to put in place strategies that they may suggest to aid learning.


Students who need to improve their reading skills take part in the Reading Intervention Programme.  This involves reading regularly each week  at registration time to a member of staff or to a Sixth Form student. The scheme has proved successful with students gaining in confidence and fluency with their reading.


For those students who arrive at Secondary School without the necessary learning and organisational skills to be able to fully access the curriculum, we provide a programme of extra support designed to improve literacy skills, basic skills and encourage them to gain in confidence.  We also offer literacy classes to boost reading, writing, spelling skills and ensure concentrated small group teaching for students who are not able to work with confidence at level 3.


The Sele Support Centre provides a base for withdrawal and small group work.  With its generous teacher student ratio and specialist resources it can support a wide range of needs. Individual programmes are arranged through consultation with students, parents
and teachers. Support may be provided by teachers, learning support assistants and on occasion, by Sixth Form students. All students, whatever their needs, are welcome to attend Buddy Club which is available at lunchtimes.   Here students and adult mentors are available to support students who feel vulnerable, or who want to join in some fun activities.


Support for Students


A variety of other support can be provided in school as we have workers from other agencies who will help us to meet the needs of students e.g. Counsellors, Outreach from Rivers ESC and otherstaffwho will work with students experiencing difficulties in meeting expectations.  Parents will be advised and play an active part as programmes are established to support students.

Students with Disabilities


All parents who make applications for their children to attend The Sele School have their applications assessed against our published admissions criteria. Parents of children with a “Statement of Special Educational Needs” or Education, Health and Care Plan may name Sele as their preferred choice of school on their statement. The school will take this request into consideration. Every effort is made to ensure that all students have access to the full curriculum and to extra-curricular activities. Access to some of the ground floor is provided by ramps but there are some inaccessible areas. There are no lifts to the first floor accommodation. There are disabled toilet facilities to cater for students with physical difficulties. The school has a disability access plan for increasing disability access to the school.


range of fiction and non-fiction books, reference material, periodicals and cuttings files.  The stock is carefully selected to support bothstaffand student needs for the National Curriculum.  Senior students studying ‘AS’ and ‘A’ level courses have unlimited access to the facilities.


Younger students may borrow up to three books at a time and there is a ‘Reading Rocket’ initiative to help promote regular reading in Years 7 and 8.   Students read ability appropriate books and are able to monitor their progress and gain prizes and certificates.   Students are encouraged to use the Library for study, homework and leisure reading.