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English Department

We aim to give every student the opportunity to experience success in learning and to achieve as high a standard as possible. We will assist students to develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing which will enable them to express themselves creatively, imaginatively and to communicate with others effectively.

KS4 Curriculum

Our aim is to ensure that all students’ needs are met with each individual achieving some form of accreditation. We offer a mix of qualifications ranging from GCSE English Language/ Literature to Functional Skills and Entry Level.

We follow the AQA GCSE syllabus that allows candidates to demonstrate their ability in functional English; to investigate and analyse language; and to experiment and use language creatively. It is also most suitable for those who wish to explore English language in greater depth and experience greater breadth of English studies via its Literature specification.

The majority of students at the centre follow the GCSE English Language specification which covers the functional elements of English providing learners with the skills and abilities needed to take an active and responsible role in their communities, their everyday lives, work places and educational settings.

From January 2014, GCSE English accreditation will be awarded for 40% controlled assessment and 60% exam in the form of a written paper. Students unable to complete the GCSE English assessments will be entered for Functional Skills Levels 1, 2 or Entry Level accreditation.

Students whose attainments fall significantly below the expected level at a particular key stage will undergo an individualised programme of literacy intervention and differentiation. Similarly, students whose attainments exceed the expected level at a particular key stage will be provided with suitably challenging work.

KS3 Curriculum

At KS3 We recognise the need for an English curriculum that focuses on communication skills and literacy development. We aim to provide a curriculum that is meaningful and challenging to all students. All staff are responsible for improving the literary and communication needs of all students. The intended outcome is to provide students with opportunities to:

  1. Develop the ability to listen, to process information and to respond.
  2. To interact and communicate effectively with others in a range of social situations.
  3. Have access to a wide range of literature and activities to enrich and broaden their experiences and knowledge.

For the purpose of assessment the APP level descriptors are used to assess Reading/Writing and Speaking and Listening.

Mathematics Department

Aims and objectives
Mathematics teaches us how to make sense of the world around us through developing a young person ability to calculate, to reason and to solve problems. It enables the young people to understand and appreciate relationships and pattern in both number and space in their everyday lives. Through their growing knowledge and understanding, young people learn to appreciate the contribution made by many cultures to the development and application of mathematics.

The aims of mathematics are to:

Teaching and learning style
The school uses a variety of teaching and learning styles in mathematics lessons.  Our principal aim is to develop young people’s knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematics.

Lessons are delivered following the three-part lesson; starter, main activity and plenary. During these lessons we encourage young people to ask questions as well as answer mathematical questions. They have the opportunity to use a wide range of resources such as word searches, maths puzzles, investigations, games, text books, worksheets and ICT.  Students use ICT in mathematics lessons to learn new concepts, practise new skills and to extend their knowledge of a topic.  Wherever possible, we encourage the children to use and apply their learning in everyday situations (functional Maths).

During year 10 and / or year 11, most students will sit Functional Skills exams in mathematics at level 1 or level 2, according to their ability.
At the end of year 11, most students will sit GCSE mathematics at Foundation or Higher level, according to their ability.

In all classes, there are children of different mathematical abilities. We recognise this fact and provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child. We achieve this through a range of strategies: setting differentiated work; group work; games activities; practical activities and paired work.
We use classroom assistants to support some young people and to ensure that work is matched to the needs of individuals.

Students are encouraged to be independent learners by using:

Mathematics curriculum planning and Assessment
Mathematics is a core subject in the National Curriculum. We use:

APP is used each week to record the progression of the young people throughout the school year.  Levels at KS3 and grades at KS4 are recorded for each pupil every half tem and targets are set for students to achieve. Interventions are put in place for students who are not making significant progress.


Science aims to develop enquiring minds and engage students in learning about science in their everyday lives and in the wider context of work and the world around them. We will seek to answer questions such as: What was Darwin’s theory of Evolution and why was it so controversial? What are the ethical issues that surround organ transplants? How is disease spread? How has the earth changed in the last billion years? What is the Electromagnetic Spectrum? What are the different forms of Energy? We will discuss relevant science media programmes and investigate through practical work when appropriate.

Key Stage 3 currently aims to offer a flexible curriculum based on units of work from the KS3 National Curriculum, tailored to particular groups and the interest of students. This is to give them the best chance to re-engage in learning and successfully re-integrate back to mainstream schooling. Students are usually taught one unit per half term.

Key Stage 4 Science courses offered are EDEXCEL GCSE Science, Entry Level Certificate in Science or the Level 2 BTEC in Applied Science which requires completion of a substantial portfolio of work and regular attendance to lessons. Students must also aim to complete GCSE Science Controlled Assessment coursework and assignments set, in a timely manner.


All students experience ICT at Tunmarsh and are then encouraged to utilise those skills in all subject areas.  The centre supports the exploration of ICT in teaching and learning in order to improve pupils’ attainment and efficiency of communication.  Tunmarsh has two dedicated ICT suites, with additional computers also in every classroom.  Students benefit from access to laptops and iPads in lessons via a wireless network. All computers are networked and provide filtered access to the internet and email. The school’s aim is to encourage every learner to enjoy lessons as part of an ICT literate culture.

KS3 (Years 7 to 9)
All pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 are introduced to word processing, spreadsheets, desktop publishing, animation, multimedia, graphics, video and sound as part of a media rich curriculum. All our students are taught how to effectively search the internet, an awareness of viruses, the importance of backups and how to use email. Most of our students have a good background knowledge of ICT terminology and can use basic office packages, but the aim is to introduce them to a wider spectrum of applications.  This will aid their journey to becoming better all round users of new technology.  For the more able there is the option to complete a Functional Skills qualification at Level 1.

KS4 (Year 10 and 11)
The students in years 10 and 11 follow the ICT 'ladder of success'.  All students are expected to be able to achieve a basic minimum qualification and those more able have the opportunity to aim higher and move up the ladder.  The ICT department offer Functional Skills ICT at levels 1 and then 2 with the exam board Edexcel.  This offers GCSE standard qualifications where assessment is through a practical exercise.  Students then have the option to gain further accreditation through OCR's Cambridge Nationals programme of study.  This can lead to either short course or full GCSE certification, but is very much dependent on how much coursework a student completes whilst at Tunmarsh.   The final academic offering is the iGCSE in ICT.  This is for students that have a keen interest in ICT but have not completed the relevant coursework for the OCR Cambridge National.  The ICT department also offer a vocational route into ICT with a CISCO course aimed at students who want to work in the IT industry and a programme for technicians. 

The Art Department

The Art department works to enable students to build self-confidence and self-esteem through their engagement in a wide range of art activities. Students will have the opportunity to develop their visual literacy and skills in art by using a range of materials and techniques, which will hopefully enable them to make things they are proud of.

Students experience using a variety of media, including painting, printing, sculpture and ceramics. They learn about the work of other artists and use this knowledge to inform their work. Students are encouraged to work collaboratively as well as individually, and are given the opportunity to learn important skills and techniques in order for their work to be successful.

The department has worked successfully in collaboration with artists and other professionals from outside school and the curriculum is purposely flexible enough to allow projects to develop when opportunities arise. Students joining at KS4 will initially work on a series of workshop-based activities which aim to quickly build up self confidence, as the activities are designed to virtually guaruntee impressive outcomes. Students are encouraged to be ambitious and imaginative, and to experiment with materials they may have not used before. The department currently delivers the AQA GCSE Short Course, which comprises 60% Coursework, 40% Set Task.

Work in class is supported by gallery visits and the involvement of art professionals from outside of school. This enables students to understand vocational aspects of art, helping them to broaden their knowledge of art from other cultures in particular. Lunch-time art clubs are also run to support students working on their porfolio of coursework and their set task project.

Students are involved in the assessment of thier own portfolio during year 11, enabling them to identify aspects of their work which are successful as well as areas that need improvement. In this way students see their work in the context of the attainment targets set by the exam board, gaining a clearer idea of how they might progress to higher grades.


Food Technology is a popular subject at Tunmarsh PRU. We aim to raise pupils’ self esteem, promote creativity, develop life skills and raise awareness of the need for a healthy lifestyle.

Pupils have two lessons each week at Key Stage 3 and emphasis is placed on practical work. Pupils deliver work of a good standard.

At Key Stage 4 pupils have 3 lessons per week. They have the opportunity to be entered for the WJEC GCSE examination in Catering, which, as well as being a vocational subject, develops skills which the students need for adult life.

Physical Education

At the Tunmarsh Centre, we endeavour to meet the physical and mental well-being of our students and offer an assortment of sports. At KS4 we offer a half PE GCSE and BTech.