At Wilton we have a curriculum which is broad, balanced and fun. It has been designed to fulfil the potential of every student and to create independent, lifelong learners.  Students are encouraged to take charge and to direct their own learning from the time they enter Wilton in Year 3; this stands them in good stead for preparing for their final exams, further education and indeed for life.

We go beyond what is required of us as an independent school and deliver all our courses within the national curriculum guidelines.  Particular importance is placed on having a solid grounding in the key subjects of Maths, English and Science at Key Stage 2 and 3.  This results in high attainment and lays the foundation for high achievement across all academic subjects at Key Stages 4 and 5.

We have and are working with the Focus Primary Team on developing a framework around the New KS2 National Curriculum.  This has resulted in a more creative approach in, as we build on the opportunities that we have in the environment around us in Wilton.  For example, we have already drawn on the rich historical treasure trove in the Wilton Library – supported by local historians – giving a unique opportunity to study source documents for History. Whilst doing this, we aim to get every child using their literacy skills in every subject – every day.

We have a theme for each half term in KS2 to give a focus for all of our learning across the Key Stage. We aim to extend the learning that we do across the year groups – to give greater opportunity for students of different ages to work together and mentor each other.

The curriculum at Wilton provides plenty of challenge and variety for students of all abilities.  Virtually all students study at least one language to GCSE level, and all also study at least one practical subject at this level.  These include Art, Design Technology, and Food and Nutrition.  Many continue their study of a practical subject right through to A-Level.

Students typically study ten subjects at GCSE level.  Over the last three years students have consistently performed well above their exam targets. For 2013 results please refer to Exam Results 2013 page.

Our sixth form provision is a particular strength at Wilton and was commended as ‘Outstanding’ and ‘Excellent’ in the last two inspection reports.  Both academic and vocational pathways are offered at Wilton with a wide choice of subjects.   In the academic pathway a solid core of A-Level subjects are delivered, such as Maths, English, French, and the Sciences.  Additionally, tertiary subjects such as Business Studies and Accounts are taught alongside practical A-Levels such as Art and D & T.

Within the vocational pathway choices extend from BTEC Business Studies to Culinary Skills and from a City and Guild Construction Course to an ASDAN Employability Skills Programme.   In the words of the last Inspection report ‘This breadth confirms the excellent curriculum provision in the sixth form’.

A notable feature of sixth form provision is the flexibility that mixed ability students have of selecting subjects from both the vocational and academic pathways.

In pursuit of our goal to produce well rounded and responsible citizens, the curriculum extends well beyond the learning required to pass exams.  As well as developing their academic skills, the school places a strong emphasis on meeting the spiritual, social and physical needs of all students.  This is realised through a varied PSHE, and PE programme, cross curricular days  as shown at the top of this page  and extra-curricular activities such as thriving lunch time sports clubs and  engagement with the community through our many fund raising activities.

 

Assessment and Examinations

In order to monitor the progress of students and diagnose any problems they have, all students will undergo regular assessment.

Years 3 -6

In September of each academic year, all students in Years 3 -6 will take baseline tests which are internally marked and moderated. The results of these assessments are not released to students or parents as they are a tool for teachers to identify the exact areas that individual students and whole cohorts require for the year.

Students are then formally assessed following the OSGUK calendar which varies in each academic year. In 2019/2020, Years 3 – 6 will be assessed in December, March and June (for Year 6 their final assessment will be SATs in May).

Assessment by the teacher takes place in the classroom on a daily basis.  Children’s work is marked regularly and subsequent targets are set as a result.

Writing and reading comprehensions are assessed termly and assessments in maths are held regularly.  Foundation subjects are assessed at the end of each unit and recorded.

The class teacher would be pleased to discuss ways in which you could support your child at home in order to help them achieve their targets.

Years 7 -13

Students during their learning journey in the upper school undertake baseline assessment prior to their GCSE and A-Level learning. Students are assessed during the year, along with examinations at the end of the academic year. Please refer to the assessment and examination table below.

MapGrowth assessments

MapGrowth assessments measure learning in Maths and English with short tests three times a year. Students in all year groups right across OneSchool Global are taking these tests, and they will help students with their own learning, allow teachers to identify areas of strength and weakness, and enable OneSchool to pinpoint best practice overall so it can be shared with all other schools. A MAP test is a short, adaptive test – which means it adapts to individuals. Everyone will see different questions and work at different rates. It is COMPUTER BASED and takes around an hour per test. It is not a formal exam – it will mainly happen in a learning space with the teacher. The dates for these tests are yet to be confirmed.

 Assessment and Exams plan

Period in Academic Year Assessment Type Year Groups Involved
Autumn 1st half term

Baseline testing

 

3 – 6 plus SEND identified students
Autumn 2nd half term

School exam week

Mock exams

Years 3 – 10 & Year 12

Year 11 & Year 13

Spring 1st half term Mock exams Year 11 & Year 13
Summer 1st half term

National testing – SATS

National testing – GCSE

National testing – A-Levels

6 (May)

Year 11 (May – June)

Year 13 (May – June)

Summer 2nd half term

National testing – GCSE

National testing – A-Levels

School exam week

Year 11 (May – June)

Year 13 (May – June)

Years 3 – 10 & Year 12