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Art & Photography

Creativity is a basic human need, serving to improve our mood, self-esteem, and cognitive function. Our aim is to stimulate the minds of our students, enabling them to flourish by identifying their individuality as an artist and a person. We enable and nurture students’ creativity, fostering visual literacy and communication skills. The team promotes exploration and appreciation of the world in a focussed divergent and objective way. Facilitating students to develop breadth, depth and purpose to their personal creative journeys is key. We support mental well-being, providing a safe environment where students are encouraged to be curious, free to investigate, experiment and love learning.

Biology

Science encourages BHS students to develop inquiring minds and curiosity about Science, to acquire knowledge, conceptual understanding and skills to solve problems and make informed decisions on topical scientific issues and developments.

Business Studies

The Business Studies curriculum aims to engage students in the practical and theoretical aspects of the business world, inspiring them to explore the word around them. Students will learn about the four functional areas: finance, operations, marketing and HRM through both teacher introduction, practical application and group discovery learning developing their key skills in communication, teamwork, problem solving, use of number, use of ICT, and independence. Students will be facilitated to develop as reflective and critical thinkers, able to utilise a range of sources to build logical chains of reasoning leading to informed and evidenced based judgements. Students will be given the opportunity to learn about business on a local, national and global level and encouraged to develop their understanding and experience of different stakeholders.

Chemistry

Science encourages BHS students to develop inquiring minds and curiosity about Science, to acquire knowledge, conceptual understanding and skills to solve problems and make informed decisions on topical scientific issues and developments.

Computing

Computing is integral in all people’s lives.  Our vision is to provide A high-quality computing education which equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with Mathematics, Science, and Technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems.

The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of problem solving and computation, how computer systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming and problem solving. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information technology.

English

English is the gateway to the world. Both Literature and Language studies enable our students to access the world of moral, political and social thought. This challenges all abilities to understand the complexities of today’s society and life whilst embracing elements of all other academic disciplines through to social media communication. Spoken language gives the freedom to express our opinions and enables the connections for interpersonal communication which is a cornerstone of every human community.

Geography

Geography explains the past, illuminates the present and prepares us for the future. What could be more important than that? (M.Palin past President of the Royal Geographical Society)

Health and Social Care

Health and Social Care encourages BHS students to acquire skills and knowledge about the sector, to lead to employment or further study. Alongside this it develops independent research and planning skills.

To be accessible to all students, whatever their backgrounds – whether gender, ethnicity, special educational needs, disability. Curriculum to be accessible and adjustments made to ensure that SEN is not a barrier to success in Health and Social Care.

History

Our prime intention in the History Department at BHS is to foster a love of History and an excitement and curiosity about the past.  Mrs Biggar, Mrs Carter and Miss Swain are all passionate about their subject and having knowledge of the people and events that have shaped our lives is something we wish to pass on to all our students.

By using fun facts, gory gossip, cartoon characters and allowing as much freedom as possible for students to explore individual interests we aim to share our love of History.

All of our teaching is aimed at stretching and challenging students to be the best they can.  A level History is intended to make students think, evaluate and form opinions – backed by evidence to support them. We begin this process right from Y7.

Mathematics

The Maths curriculum at Boston High School is designed to give all students, irrespective of their entry point in Year 7, the opportunity to make excellent progress from Year 7 to Year 11 and then into Year 12 and 13 if they continue to study A Level Mathematics. Every student deserves a creative and ambitious mathematics curriculum that will prepare them well for everyday life and future employment.

Mathematics encourages BHS students to develop inquiring minds and curiosity about Mathematics, to acquire skills and knowledge, conceptual understanding and to solve problems by applying mathematical strategies.

Media Studies

Media Studies at BHS is focusing on being a ‘flipped learning’ classroom. Lessons are given over to ensuring they have the independence to learn, and the attention of the teacher. The new Virtual Learning Environment is a dynamic communication tool keeping students up-to-date with careers and notable events in the world of Media as well all of their learning needs so that no matter the circumstance, students have everything they need for success.

MFL

Our aim is to develop a life-long love of language learning in our pupils, to build their cultural awareness and to ensure that every pupil is able to reach their full potential. We will achieve this by delivering high-quality language lessons, which are well-structured, engaging and relevant to learners.

The MFL Department is committed to the teaching of languages at Boston High School in order that our students will be equipped with the skills and ideology needed to live and succeed in a multicultural, European and International society. In an increasingly competitive job market our students will need to earn their place alongside highly skilled workers from abroad who all have English as their second language. We firmly believe that it is no longer acceptable or practical to be monolingual.

The teachers in the MFL department have experienced for themselves the benefits of language learning and foreign travel. We endeavour through our teaching to broaden our students’ horizons and raise their own aspirations for the future. We believe that a greater understanding of other countries and cultures can breed tolerance, empathy, adaptability and consideration for others, as well as a willingness to overcome communication barriers.

Music

Boston High School Music Department aims is to provide all students with a high quality and wide range of practical music making experiences in both curricular and extra-curricular activities. All students are encouraged to get involved in music whatever their ability and there are many opportunities available for everyone.

PE

Boston High School PE Department aims is to empower all students to become physically literate by acquiring knowledge and skills that are the foundation for engaging in physical activity for life - as they understand the need for an active and balanced lifestyle as they experience high quality and a wide range of practical PE experiences in both curricular and extra-curricular activities. These activities should guide students in the process of becoming physically active for life, in a safe and fun environment, as they display strong sporting values, whilst accepting themselves as a unique individual, within a sporting context.

Classes are undertaken in an active caring and supportive environment in which every student is challenged to grow in their physical competence. All activities, drills, activities and games are designed to maximise success for individuals and groups.

All students are encouraged to get involved in physical activities regardless of their ability and there are opportunities available for everyone. Extra-curricular opportunities give the student the chance to represent their school and to demonstrate talents they might not necessarily be able to in the classroom. Although some of our teams are often successful, the department’s priority is to be fully inclusive and to give any child the opportunity to play regardless of their ability. In this way, more students can feel part of a team and more children can feel proud of representing the school

Physics

Through learning Physics, students develop their understanding of the world. Students develop skills of scientific investigation and analytical thinking, along with knowledge and understanding of the world around them. Students will engage in a wide range of investigative tasks and practical tasks. This will allow them to develop into resourceful young people who think creatively and analyse and solve problems, skills which are needed in all sectors of society.

Government and Politics

The prime intention in the Politics Department at BHS is to foster an enthusiasm for and appreciation of the importance of Politics.  We are passionate about Politics, especially looking at how political participation is evolving and changing and the impact politics has on shaping our day to day lives. This passion and awareness is something we hope to pass on the all students who opt for this course.

All of our teaching is aimed at stretching and challenging students to be the best they can.  A level Politics is intended to make students think, analyse different viewpoints, evaluate ideas and concepts and form opinions – backed by evidence to support them.  This is where your political education will begin and will be something that remains with you through your adult life.

Philosophy, Religion and Ethics

Philosophy, Religion and Ethics (PRE) aims to promote religious understanding and appreciation of people from all backgrounds.

PRE equips pupils to meet the circumstances of living in modern society, and become good citizens. It promotes a sympathetic understanding of religions, including both those that are locally represented and those which have been formative in the lives of people in the history of the world. Students will be challenged with questions about belief, values, meaning, purpose and truth, enabling them to develop their own attitudes towards philosophical, religious and ethical issues. Through PRE, pupils gain an appreciation of how religion, philosophy and ethics form the basis of our culture. They develop analytical and critical thinking skills, the ability to work with abstract ideas, leadership and research skills. In PRE we aim to encourage students to not only express their view, but develop their ability to defend their views, whilst appreciating a variety of views different to their own.

Religious Studies

Religious Studies (RS) aims to promote religious understanding and appreciation of people from all backgrounds.

RS equips pupils to meet the circumstances of living in modern society and become good citizens. It promotes a sympathetic understanding of religions, including both those that are locally represented and those which have been formative in the lives of people in the history of the world. Students will be challenged with questions about belief, values, meaning, purpose, and truth, enabling them to develop their own attitudes towards philosophical, religious, and ethical issues. Through RS, pupils gain an appreciation of how religion, philosophy and ethics form the basis of our culture. They develop analytical and critical thinking skills, the ability to work with abstract ideas, leadership, and research skills. In RS we aim to encourage students to not only express their view, but develop their ability to defend their views, whilst appreciating a variety of views different to their own.

Psychology

Psychology is the science of mind and behaviour.  Our vision is to develop knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other as well as their application to real-life issues.  We aim to develop a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods as well as a life-long curiosity in what it means to be human.

Science

Science encourages BHS students to develop inquiring minds and curiosity about Science, to acquire knowledge, conceptual understanding and skills to solve problems and make informed decisions on topical scientific issues and developments.

Sociology

Sociology is the study of social relationships and institutions. It is a diverse subject, ranging from crime to religion, from the family to the state, from the divisions of race and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture, and from social stability to radical change in whole societies. Sociology can help us to make sense of the society we live in and understand the cultural and identity issues which affect us all. Its study involves developing skills including the use of evidence to support our arguments, how to investigate facts, and critical thinking. It is relevant to the society we live in, and we aim to make its study exciting and illuminating to our students, encouraging both their curiosity and social responsibility.

BHS sociology department aims to encourage young people to critically assess the nature of the society in which we live. We aim to evoke curiosity about the world around them and allow them to question those things that we accept as the norm.

Students develop knowledge and understanding about society and how sociologists’ study. The specification helps students understand society's structures, processes, and issues. Sociology is exciting, interesting and relevant to students' lives.

Technology

Technology has a wealth of value, not only does it prepare the foundations for student’s potential career choices in such a vast field, Technology is core to life. Technology naturally supports the development of student’s confidence and independence strengthening their wellbeing and resilience as core skills.  Technology is an inspiring and creative subject that allows our generation of tomorrow to design, explore and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts – Technology takes the science and makes it work, Technology takes the maths and applies it, Technology draws on the principals and knowledge of Art, English, Geography, Computing, Business studies and History through investigation and doing.  

Pupils take risks, solve problems; becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens.  Our Technology education programme makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation, it has an impact on daily life and the wider world.  All achieved through an engaging and dynamic process of curricular and extra-curricular activities involving pupils, teachers, parents, the community and industry. We do this all through theoretical and practical engagement drawing upon a wide range of mediums – CADCAM, Foods, Metals, Papers & Boards, , Polymers, Textiles, Timbers, and Smart Material.