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.