Our curriculum lies at the heart of all we do at Whitmore, and outstanding teaching underpins the breadth and balance of every child’s learning. Every student has the opportunity to enrich their core of academic subjects with two languages, humanities, creative and practical subjects and physical education.
The high quality of our teaching staff is recognised in our Outstanding Ofsted report, as well as our status as a Teaching School, acting as a hub of training and support for new teachers and working in partnership with other local high schools to offer support and to share our practice. In addition, we are proud to be a specialist Science College, recognised for the outstanding progress made in this area.
We have made smaller class sizes a priority. In their first two years, students are taught in classes of twenty-seven or less. GCSE classes are often smaller still.
Subject teachers regularly assess students’ work to monitor progress. Any problems are quickly identified and remedied before greater difficulties set in. Reports are issued three times a year and used to track students’ progress towards challenging, personalised targets, as well as providing details of attendance, punctuality and behaviour. These reports help parents, carers and staff to support all students to achieve their full potential.
Homework forms a crucial part of our curriculum: Year 7 students are expected to complete 1 hour per day. This rises to 1 ½ hours a day in Years 8 and 9 and 2 hours a day by Years 10 and 11. This is an integral part of your child’s learning at Whitmore, and represents an opportunity to develop independent learning skills or to pursue an area of interest.
More able students are given appropriate, challenging work in class. Departments also run a range of enrichment activities and students have the opportunity to take part in masterclasses, local and national competitions and summer schools.
Whitmore students learn in a new, state-of-the-art school, which provides an outstanding environment in which they can develop their talents to the full and grow into mature and responsible members of society.