Secondary Curriculum

Secondary Curriculum



The pupils who attend Foundry College display a wide range of social, emotional and mental health needs which, by their very nature, can affect their progress.  The college therefore provides a flexible academic curriculum that addresses all areas of pupil needs and supports the holistic ‘hidden curriculum’ of Foundry Curriculum.  All pupils study English and Maths.  In addition, pupils select other available options in response to their specific interests.

The academic curriculum at Foundry College intends to promote learning and personal growth.  It includes not only the formal requirements, but also a range of vocational opportunities, work experience placements and cultural activities that the College organises  These activities take place both onsite and with outside agencies, in order to enrich the experience and address the challenges faced by the pupils.  We aim to teach the pupils at Foundry College positive, responsible attitudes developing knowledge and skills, including social and basic life skills, so that they may become contributory members of the extended community.

Organisation and Planning

Subject plans address aims and objectives, with particular consideration of the requirements of young people with social, emotional and mental health needs in a diverse society.  Long term and medium term plans are reviewed regularly in line with current curriculum changes and the changing needs of the college population.

Qualifications on offer 2023-2024

Subject Exam Board Qualification
Functional Skills English Edexcel Entry Level, Level 1 & 2

Step up to English (Entry Level Certificates)

English Language



Level 1, 2 & 3


English Literature Edexcel GCSE
Functional Skills Maths Edexcel Entry Level, Level 1 & 2

Maths Entry Level Certificates






Core Science Trilogy Triple Science

Biology / Human Biology AQA/ Edexcel/Pearson GCSE/IGCSE
Chemistry AQA GCSE
Physics AQA GCSE
Science – Unit Awards AQA Entry Level, Level 1
History Edexcel GCSE
History – Unit Awards   AQA Level 1
Geography AQA GCSE
Food & Cookery NCFE Level 1 & 2
Religious Education Educas GCSE
PSHCE – AQA unit Awards AQA Entry Level, Level 1 & 2
Sport AQA Level 1 & 2
Award in Exercise Studies NCFE Level 1
Occupational Studies in the Workplace NCFE Level 1 & 2
Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Diploma CITY & GUILDS Level 1 & 2
Creative Craft NCFE Level 1 & 2
Photography AQA  


















Ofsted commented;

“You care deeply about the pupils and are determined to make sure that your school provides the nurturing environment that they need.”

“Pupils are happy at your school, they say that there is always someone to talk to and that their views are valued. Parents and carers praise the improvements in their children’s behaviour and attitudes to learning.”

“You and your team are acutely aware of the importance of ensuring that every pupil is safeguarded from harm.”

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Headteacher Iain Thomas

Foundry College

Budges Gardens



RG40 1PX

Tel: 0118 334 1510