Mrs C Goold – Welsh Baccalaureate Coordinator
Miss H Morgan – Second in Department
Mrs P Harrison – Learning Coach
At Key Stage 3, students are introduced to the seven Welsh Baccalaureate Essential and Employability skills during PSE and curriculum enhancement days. These skills include: Communication, Numeracy, Digital Literacy, Planning and Organising, Creativity and Innovation, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving and Personal Effectiveness. The aim is to develop these skills in preparation for KS4 when students start working towards the Skills Challenge Certificate in their Welsh Baccalaureate lessons.
At Key Stage 4, students follow the WJEC’s Welsh Baccalaureate programme in compulsory timetabled lessons. The primary aim is to enable learners to develop and demonstrate an understanding of and proficiency in essential and employability skills. The emphasis is on applied and purposeful learning and to provide opportunities for assessment in a range of real life context, through three Challenge Briefs and an Individual Project. The Challenges include: Enterprise and Employability, Global and Community. During the first year, students will complete all three Challenges through activities such as: Christmas/Spring/Summer Fayres, Coaching days, Community and Charity work. The second year is focused around completing an Individual Project on a chosen topic, similar to a dissertation.
At Key Stage 5, learners study the Post 16 National (Level 2) or Advanced (Level 3) qualification. They build on skills already developed at Key Stage 4, taking them to the next level in preparation for university or a career. Students work closely with employers and universities to complete their three Challenges in Year 12 and the Individual Project in Year 13. Most universities (including Cambridge), accept the Welsh Baccalaureate as an A Level and many students gain places because of it.
The Welsh Baccalaureate provides a unique opportunity for students to develop essential skills for further academia or a career. At The John Frost School, we have developed strong links with local communities, businesses and universities who regularly support and deliver exciting sessions in school or on their premises. All students must complete voluntary work within a community as part of the Community Challenge; 10 hours at KS4 and KS5 National and 30 hours for the Advanced course.
“I loved the variety of tasks in lessons—it kept me interested. Lots of good topics too!” – Naif Yafai
“The trips to the unis were great fun and gave me an insight into university and business!” – Claudia Dupé