What we are trying to achieve
At Melbury College we aim to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum that will enable all our young people to become successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve.
We personalise the curriculum to ensure it meets the needs of our pupils. We aim for the pupils to become confident individuals who are able to lead safe, healthy and fulfilling lives and that they become responsible citizens who will make a positive contribution to society. We aim to widen our pupil’s knowledge and their horizons.
All learners irrespective of their race or gender should have genuine equal opportunities which enable them to experience and benefit from all aspects of school life. Equal opportunity is more than access to the curriculum; it places on teachers a responsibility for avoiding sex and race stereotyping and challenging discriminatory or prejudiced attitudes.
The diversity of experience which children and young people bring to school are recognised and learners should feel secure and confident enough to share their personal and cultural experiences with their teachers and their peers in an atmosphere of tolerance, sensitivity and understanding.
We need to be creative in our approaches to learning, as all our pupils require a degree of curriculum personalisation. They are pupils who have failed to engage in mainstream methods and need the curriculum adapted so that they can achieve. Each subject leader is responsible to find approaches that will engage the pupils in learning, but also wherever possible also achieve national standards, engaging with externally accredited qualifications, Entry Level qualifications and GCSE examinations as ultimately these are the standards they wish to achieve and those by which we are judged.
Please click the following links to learn more about some of the subjects taught:-
Ian FordeFun Science with Model Rockets
FUN SCIENCE WITH MODEL ROCKETS: Students use model rockets to highlight the practical aspects of ‘FORCES’ demonstrated in Newton's laws of motion. The model rockets need a force stronger than the gravitational force (9.807 m/s²) for them to ascend, which is provided in the fuel which propels the rocket upwards. When the fuel is used up the law of gravity takes over and the rocket falls back to earth. Its streamlined shape helps reduce air resistance and the fins balances the air flow to keep the rocket straight during flight. The students enjoyed the preparation and launch, but the retrieval was another matter.