The curriculum at WSO is a uniquely crafted progression from the Early Years Foundation Stage, through an enriched and developed National Curriculum for England into personalised qualification pathways incorporating both IGCSE and GCSEs. These culminate in one of the richest Post 16 offers in the region; IB Diploma Programme, IB Career Programme, A’ Levels and BTEC. The prestigious and academically rigorous IB Diploma qualification, preferred by top universities around the world, is at the heart of the Post 16 offering at WSO, and students undertaking A Level have the added benefit of being able to access some of the core components of this qualification alongside their A Level subjects. In addition, students with a more focused approach to their future career paths benefit from the IB Career Related Programme and BTEC courses on offer. The four Post 16 pathways on offer mean that we are able to cater for student’s personal needs and interests, whatever these are. In addition to the broad range of subjects delivered by highly qualified specialist teachers, the WSO curriculum offers an innovative curriculum design which focuses on the development of learning skills and competences and the enrichment of the learning environment. These are Key Skills identified in the National Curriculum that underpin success in education across all age groups in the Academy.
Our competences combine the IB learner profile with characteristics that enhance personal capabilities, and future employability skills. Mastery of these competences allows students to be active learners, responsible for their progress.
Inquirers: They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.
Knowledgeable: They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.
Thinkers: They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognise and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions.
Communicators: They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.
Principled: They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.
Open-minded: They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view and are willing to grow from the experience.
Caring: They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.
Risk takers: They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.
Balanced: They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.
Reflective: They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.