Subject Information

Patcham High School prides itself on the broad and balanced curriculum it offers its students, based on our knowledge of individual Students it provides equal access and opportunity to all to promote high achievement.

We aim to ensure differentiation, progression and continuity. Our curriculum challenges and motivates Students to realise the full range of their interests and abilities encouraging Students’ personal and social development. The organisation and delivery of the curriculum aims to develop in Students the skills and attitudes for the enjoyment of life long learning and a healthy lifestyle working in partnership with Students home, school and wider community.

Our curriculum is based around the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science, Physical Education and Life Skills.  All students will study a full range of additional subjects in Years 7, 8 and 9 at which point they will then make choices (options), to take up new subjects, continue or finish with others. Please see the link below for information regarding curriculums for each year group.

We believe in monitoring the progress of our students regularly and providing them and you with half term progress checks. We provide regular opportunities in school to discuss these updates on progress with form tutors and subject teachers to set targets to support learning.

At the beginning of Year 7 students undertake ‘CAT’ tests (Cognitive ability tests) to provide teachers with additional information regarding students’ abilities to use alongside information from primary schools. Students are set in English, Mathematics and Science primarily based on SATs levels from primary school.  We operate a flexible system regarding ‘setting’ and make termly reviews to ensure students are best placed to progress, however most resetting occurs at the end of each year.

Vocational Studies

  • Year 10  – College day for students is Tuesday
  • Year 11  – College day for students is Friday

These days are option days so students do not miss any core subjects at school. The courses run over two years and the day will remain the same for both years.

The College day for most courses is split into half day practical and half day theory. The courses require a portfolio of evidence which is put together during theory classes. There are also exams and assessments which are completed throughout the year.

With Hair and Beauty the students will be working on each other and clients as part of their course.

Catering will be the first year in the training kitchen and the second year in the restaurant kitchen providing food to the Gallery Restaurant.

City College Courses for 14 to 16 years.

  • Beauty Level 1
  • Construction Level 1
  • Hairdressing Level 1
  • Motor Vehicle Level 1
  • Catering Level 1

Plumpton College Courses for 14 to 16 years

  • Small Animal Management Level 1 or Level 2
  • Horse Management  Level 1 or Level 2
  • Motor Vehicle Maintenance Level 1
  • Floristry Level 1
  • Agriculture Level 1 or Level 2
  • Horticulture Level 1 or Level 2
  • Sports (outdoor adventurous activities) Level 2
  • Machinery Maintenance Level 2
  • Metalwork Level 1
  • Plumpton Explorer Programme Level 1  ( Year 10 only) Ivyland Farm site only
  • Plumpton Tracker Level 1 (Year 11 only) Ivyland Farm site only
  • Foundation Learning Level 1 Introductory certificate  (Vocational studies)

All of the above subjects lead to either a City & Guilds or BTEC qualification. Level 1 is comparable to 2 GCSE’s grade D – G and Level 2 is comparable to 2 GCSE’s grade A* – C.

All of the courses above lead on to further vocational qualifications at post 16 providers. Students already attending College will be fast tracked for Post 16 courses. You can go on to a full time course at College at 16 years or you may choose to do an apprenticeship through the College.

The Colleges offer these courses but that does not mean they will all run. We cannot guarantee places on the courses, it is dependent on the number of students who apply.

The courses are paid for by the school. As part of the course fee City College will provide uniforms and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as overalls and steel toe cap boots. All uniforms and PPE must be worn at college every week. If a student does not have their uniform or PPE then they will be sent home on Health & Safety grounds.

  • Construction, Engineering and Motor Vehicle – Overalls and steel toe cap boots.
  • Catering – Chef whites and steel toe cap boots
  • Hair and Beauty – Tunic and trousers provided by the college and advice on footwear.

Plumpton College will inform you of their clothing and footwear requirements and where to order these from. We would suggest waterproofs and wellingtons.

Plumpton College provide a bus service that runs through Brighton between 7.00 am and 7.30 am. They have a transport handbook that they will send to you so you can see where the bus stops are. There is a charge for this service.

City College have two sites one at Pelham Street near London Road and also at Wilsons Avenue known as City College East. The college runs a shuttle bus service between the two sites. Students are expected to make their own way to college each week. The start time at City College is 9.00am. Most courses finish at 2.30pm or 3.00pm.

All students are visited regularly by myself (Ms Ottaway) who liaises with staff at college and school. I am the first point of contact for any queries or concerns you may have about college.

My direct number is 01273 543494 (I work Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday)

If a student is ill or unable to attend college then you should notify college and school first thing in the morning.

City College Pelham Street contact: 01273 667719 – Adrian Darby 07879 437243

City College East (Wilson Avenue): 01273 667788 – Lisa Stern 07771726781

Plumpton College – 01273 892050 – Val Orchin


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