Art & Design

In the Art department we offer a vibrant and contemporary curriculum, preparing students to become creative thinkers who can decode the visual world around them in a personal way. Part of the process of learning through creativity teaches students to use critical and lateral thinking skills, alongside practical development of…

Business, Economics & Finance

In Business at GCSE, our aim is to introduce students to the main aspects of business operations, including HR, finance, marketing, operations and entrepreneurship.  Over the course of completing the subject, students develop their ability in making decisions and forming arguments based on material seen for the first time and using their knowledge of business. …

Design & Technology

In Design & Technology, our main aim is for all students to develop understanding and knowledge of materials and their working properties through a practical learning approach. Students will develop an in-depth knowledge of manufacturing processes, including the sustainability of using a variety of materials as well as the ethics…

Drama

The aim of Drama in the curriculum is to provide opportunities for students to develop their confidence, self-awareness and understanding of others. Students are encouraged to become skilled communicators and lessons are heavily focused on group work. The department exists within an ethos of mutual respect for all, where students…

English

We aim to instil students with confidence, to nurture in them an appreciation of the power of language and to encourage them to cultivate a lifelong love of literature. We believe this is most likely to happen when students and teachers demonstrate empathy, kindness and mutual respect in English classrooms.…

Food & Nutrition

Food and Nutrition at Waddesdon will equip students with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to cook and apply the principles of food science, nutrition, and healthy eating. Mrs Sheila Watts Subject Leader for Food & Nutrition Mrs Heather Bambury Food & Nutrition Teacher Mrs Sarah Richardson Food & Nutrition…

French

In French, our main aim is for students to develop a deep appreciation of the French language and culture.  Through continued speaking practice within the classroom, students develop their ability to communicate confidently with increasing accuracy, and to articulate thoughts and ideas with growing fluency.  Residential visits in France enhance…

Geography

In Geography, we aim to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to make sense of the world in which they live. Students learn about a range of physical and human geography topics so that they are well informed about the world and have an understanding of global events. Mr Matthew Barrett Subject Leader for…

History

History at Waddesdon aims to prepare students for success in today’s world of work by: developing their ability to think creatively, logically and critically developing their ability to read for pleasure and for information developing their ability to read quickly, effectively and with purpose by utilising the skills of close…

Mathematics

Mathematics is at the core of the curriculum, providing a platform upon which other subjects can develop. The topics covered at KS3 are continued and extended in greater depth at KS4 and KS5. Mathematics is a life skill and we want students to function numerically in the world. Extra-curricular activities…

Media Studies

In Media Studies, our main aim is for students to develop a stronger awareness of the products produced by the media. Students study advertising, magazines, television, music videos, film, websites as well as online magazines, video games, newspapers and radio. Students apply their knowledge in their coursework by producing media…

Music & Music Technology

Music at Waddesdon is a thriving, primarily practical subject that enables students to express themselves through a variety of performing, composing and listening/analytical activities. We believe that music learning is at its best when young people are making music on instruments or using music technology, and when a passion for…

Physical Education

In Physical Education our main aim is for students to experience a range of activities and roles within sport to enable them to develop an enthusiasm for leading active and healthy lifestyles.  Through the medium of sport, students will develop problem-solving and communication skills along with technical development.  Students will…

Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind and behaviour. Its primary aims are to describe, explain, predict, and change behaviour. The A level course is designed to develop students’ understanding of scientific research and theory, maths and statistical analysis. Whilst studying Psychology, students will gain an understanding about…

Religious Studies

Who am I?  Why am I here?  What do I desire?  How then shall I live? Religious Studies at Waddesdon Church of England School aims to ensure that each student achieves his/her potential and develops a profound understanding of religious, moral and spiritual concepts and issues. The RS curriculum aims…

Science

We believe that the purpose of Science education for all is to enable all students to make moral, ethical and educated predictions about the world around them. Students will use terminology suitable to their level of study in order to make, describe, explain and evaluate these predictions. Through Science at…

Sociology

Sociology is the study of social behaviour. Sociologists examine social behaviour of individuals and groups, and their interactions within institutions such as Education and the Family. They make sense of the diversity of societies and of the forces which have shaped, and will continue to shape, social change. The course…

Spanish

In Spanish, our main aim is for students to develop a deep appreciation of the Spanish language and culture. Through continued speaking practice within the classroom, students develop their ability to communicate confidently with increasing accuracy, and to articulate thoughts and ideas with growing fluency.  A residential visit to Seville…