DEPARTMENTS & ACTIVITIES

We are very proud of the wide and varied selection of subjects and extracurricular activities we have to offer our pupils. It is through these many choices that pupils can shape their learning journey to their interests and passions and therefore come to Kings Monkton School always curious to learn and be part of the school community.

Humanities are academic disciplines that study aspects of human society and culture. Humanities help us to do the following:

  • Understand others through their languages, histories and cultures
  • Aid in fostering social justice and equality
  • Reveal how people have tried to make moral, spiritual and intellectual sense of the world
  • Teach empathy and how to deal critically and logically with subjective, complex, and imperfect information
  • Teach us to weigh evidence sceptically and consider more than one side of every question
  • Build skills in writing and critical reading
  • Encourage us to think creatively
  • Teach us to ask questions about our world
  • Develop informed and critical citizens

At Kings Monkton, we offer a diverse range of subjects within the faculty to suit all learning styles:

• History (Key Stage 3 – 5)

• Geography (Key Stage 3 – 5)

• Religion & Philosophy (Key Stage 3 – 5)

• Sociology (Key Stage 4)

• Psychology (Key Stage 4 – 5)

• Criminology (Key Stage 5)

By ensuring that our pupils have a bespoke curriculum suitable for their needs, we achieve outstanding GCSE and A level outcomes, year on year.  The faculty comprises of two History Teachers (Mrs Price and Ms Bowley), two Religion & Philosophy Teachers (Mrs Alexander & Ms Norton), one Geography Teacher (Mr Lewis) and one Psychology, Criminology and Sociology Teacher (Ms Hersi).

Staff in the faculty feel passionately that lessons that we learn outside the classroom are just as important as the ones in it.  Therefore, our provision is enhanced by offering several exciting trips to ensure that pupils learn about these subjects in context.  In recent years, our pupils have had the opportunity of visiting Llandaff Cathedral, Cardiff Castle, the Clink restaurant, and Bletchley Park, in addition to trips further afield, such as:

  • The geographic wonders of Iceland.
  • The World War One Battlefields in Ypres (Belgium) and the Somme (France).
  • Poland, which included a visit to Auschwitz.

 

At Kings Monkton School, the STEM and DT programs offer students an exciting journey into the world of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. With a strong focus on hands-on learning, students delve into various design and engineering aspects, including cutting-edge CAD design and 3D printing techniques.

In DT, students immerse themselves in the realm of engineering, gaining proficiency in computer-aided design (CAD) software and applying it to create intricate models and rapid- prototyping. They harness the power of 3D printing technology, transforming their designs into tangible objects, enabling them to bring their innovative ideas to life.

This dynamic approach to STEM and DT education at Kings Monkton School equips students with the skills and knowledge needed to excel in design and engineering fields, nurturing their creativity and preparing them for a future that thrives on technological advancements.

Pupils are also taught the importance of STEM subjects and develop an understanding both inside and outside the classroom. Many STEM careers need creativity as much as the more analytical skills traditionally associated with STEM subjects. Most STEM roles are about coming up with solutions to problems – and problem solving is often about thinking creatively or “outside the box”. At the same time, STEM subjects require research, attention to detail and a critical approach which is useful in any profession or subject. This means STEM and arts/humanities subjects complement each other well at A-level, as skills gained in one can improve your approach to the other.

We work in partnership with InestIN so pupils can attend conferences in Kings College London and University College London to get a better understanding of engineering and science-based subjects. We also work with Swansea University to offer pupils the opportunity to undertake a week’s engineering camp at Swansea University at the end of Year 12.

Pupils also enter competitions to develop their interest and improve their CV, such as the UKSDC competition in conjunction with NASA and coding competitions, both online and at events. The ultimate experience for our pupils is the opportunity to spend ten days in Silicon Valley learning about the blue-chip industry.

We ensure that pupils not only get the best results in subjects such as mathematics and science – with outstanding GCSE and A Level results year on year – but also get the practical experience of studying and learning about these STEM subjects and careers with professionals from different universities and industries.

Our Science faculty consists of five teachers and a technician, and we have four well equipped laboratories. Our results are excellent; in 2022 GCSE triple award results were 100% A* – C in Biology, Chemistry and Physics with approximately 40% of students achieving an A*.  We offer WJEC Biology, Chemistry and Physics A level, and at Key Stage 4 we offer GCSE and BTEC pathways.  Classes are small to allow for effective teaching and learning. 

Curriculum enrichment is important to the Science faculty and we build in opportunities for trips and visits within the calendar. Examples include visits to universities, involvement in the UK Space Design Competition and practical fieldwork.

Kings Monkton School’s computing and business faculty offers an outstanding array of STEM opportunities, providing students with a dynamic and enriching learning environment. Through innovative teaching methods and state-of-the-art resources, the faculty nurtures a passion for technology, science, engineering, and mathematics among its students. With a strong emphasis on practical application and problem-solving skills, students are equipped with the tools they need to excel in the digital age. The faculty’s dedicated and knowledgeable teachers guide students through hands-on projects, encouraging them to think critically and creatively. By fostering a collaborative and supportive atmosphere, 

Kings Monkton School empowers its students to explore the boundless potential of STEM fields and prepares them for a successful future in computing and business.

 

Our team of dedicated and passionate educators is committed to fostering a love for mathematics and helping students excel in their numerical journeys. With a wealth of expertise, we create a dynamic and engaging learning environment where students can explore the fascinating world of numbers. Our department prides itself on promoting critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and mathematical literacy. We believe in developing mastery in mathematics, encouraging students to deepen their understanding, apply concepts in real-world scenarios, and achieve fluency in mathematical skills. Through personalised support, interactive lessons, and a focus on mastery, we strive to empower students to develop confidence and become proficient mathematicians. 

 

Kings Monkton School’s computing and business faculty offers and outstanding array of STEM opportunities, providing students with a dynamic and enriching learning environment. Through innovative teaching methods and state-or-the-art resources, the faculty nurtures a passion for technology, science, engineering, and mathematics among its students. With a strong emphasis on practical application and problem-solving skills, students are equipped with the tools they need to excel in the digital age. The faculty’s dedicated and knowledgeable teachers guide students through hands-on projects, encouraging them to think critically and creatively. By fostering a collaborative and supportive atmosphere, Kings Monkton School empowers its students to explore the boundless potential of STEM fields and prepares them for a successful future in computing and business.

The Creative Arts Faculty comprises of Art, Design and Technology, Media Studies, Music, Music Technology and Performing Arts. Using our specialist facilities pupils are encouraged to develop their personal interests through their projects and much of their work will be practical. All pupils study Art, Design Technology and Music in Years 7, 8 and 9 and there are opportunities for pupils to attend workshops, extra-curricular clubs and to participate in our termly showcase events and the annual school production. Uptake of creative subjects is strong at GCSE and A Level, and we offer a range of traditional and vocational subjects to cater to the needs of our pupils.  

The faculty is well resourced using specialist equipment, such our fantastic Recording Studio, fully equipped Design Technology Suite and with specialist iMacs for our digital coursework in Media and Music Technology.

The Modern Foreign Languages faculty is made up of three teachers, two of whom are native speakers. French is taught from reception to A level and Spanish from year 7 to A level. Examination classes are small and both the GCSE and A level results are excellent. In 2022 100% of French students achieved an A* at both GCSE and A level and 75% of Spanish pupils scored A*/A at GCSE. Francophonie week is celebrated annually throughout the school.

The Sport and Lifestyle Faculty includes Sport, Food and Nutrition and also Public Services. Across the faculty pupils are encouraged to lead a healthy lifestyle in terms of keeping active and eating a healthy diet. In Years 7, 8 and 9 pupils have regular lessons in our classroom kitchen learning basic cookery skills and then there are opportunities for pupils to continue developing these skills at examination level. In terms of Sport, all key stage 3 pupils receive both PE lessons and Games lessons each week. Year 10 & 11 pupils also receive a Games lesson each week. Our Games lessons are held off-site using outstanding facilities such as specialist climbing centres, the International White-Water Centre and the National Indoor Athletics Centre.

The English faculty consists of a team of specialist English teachers and our Literacy Lead and Librarian. Together, we have a broad range of specialisms and skills which we deploy collaboratively to support all our pupils on their KMS journey.

Our carefully crafted KS3 curriculum develops skills in reading, writing and oracy through a range of novels, plays, poetry and non-fiction writing. Pupils will explore a diverse range of texts, including titles by Jeffrey Boakye, Mildred D. Taylor and Marjane Satrapi. At KS4, we offer an entry level qualification along with separate qualifications for GCSE Language and Literature.

Curriculum enrichment forms a vital part of our approach to learning, and we incorporate a varied range of trips and visits into our calendar. We regularly host author talks, online and in-person, and have held successful events with Kat Ellis, Louisa Reid and David Brayley, to name a few! 

We arrange trips to the theatre to see curriculum staples like An Inspector Calls but also offer pupils the chance to see contemporary adaptations such as War Horse and The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Our in-house creative writing workshops are a yearly highlight, and our annual Page to Stage competition offers pupils the chance to develop a piece of work that will be adapted for the stage and performed in the summer term. 

Reading for Pleasure sits at the very heart of our department and we strive to foster a culture of positive engagement with books and authors. We support this through dedicated reading time during lessons, a rolling programme of calendared events in collaboration with our school library including Harry Potter Book Night, World Book Day and Banned Books Week, thriving staff and pupil book clubs and opportunities to shadow the Carnegie Medals for Writing and Illustration.

The library has a vital role to play in supporting pupils to read for pleasure; regular collaboration with English teachers means pupils have access to the library collection and are supported in developing the confidence and agency to make an informed choice. Through this, we empower our pupils to learn, to grow and to challenge themselves.

We are passionate about our school community and recognise our pupils’ right to read books by and about people who are just like them. We are proud to offer a diverse range of contemporary fiction and non-fiction titles for pupils to borrow, and even prouder that our collection continues to flourish thanks to a stream of enthusiastic recommendations from parents, staff and pupils themselves. 

Our library is a warm and reassuring learning environment for pupils, whether they are searching for something new to read, looking for a quiet space to revise, or catching up on homework.  The space is open from 8:25 am every day and is staffed through break, lunchtime and from the end of the school day to 5 pm.

ACTIVITIES

In Primary, we run an activities programme that provides opportunities to extend the curriculum for our pupils and to offer them the chance to get involved in several different activities which are not normally covered by a traditional curriculum. Activities change every half term. Examples include:

Cookery lessons – we offer cooking lessons to all our pupils from Year 1 upwards, running 6-week courses to learn to cook a range of recipes from shortbread to bolognaise.

Music lessons – for preschool children we run Music Monsters, an internationally renowned music course that helps pupils develop important musicality, rhythm and explore different instruments. We also work in partnership with International Music School (IMS) and offer peripatetic music teaching everyday Monday to Saturday to 8.00pm.

Out and about – at Kings Monkton, we believe that teaching takes place outside of the classroom and provides important opportunities for our children to learn and grow. As such, we take our children out on curriculum trips at least every half term.

Drama and creative writing – our pupils write a 500-word story every year and we publish this in our primary novel. Our partners, IMS, then choose their favourite play and turn it into our primary musical, in which all the pupils act in, and the successful writer becomes the executive director.

Science club – to support our STEM curriculum, pupils attend science club to develop their inquisitive nature and have fun in the lab.

Lunch time clubs – including Games Club, Chess Club, Pokémon club, Gym club, Minecraft club, football and Digital Leaders.

Additional School Activities

We work in partnership with several different organisations to ensure that we offer the very best opportunities to our pupils and that the experiences and teaching they receive during these activities is of the highest quality. The activities are designed in partnership with the pupils so that they reflect their needs and passions, and include:

Musical Tuition 

Drama 

Karate 

Ballet 

Mini Dragons 

Production Rehearsals 

Music Theory 

Film club 

Radio Station 

Football 

Chess Club 

Gym 

Self Defence 

Choir