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Ivybridge Community College

Ivybridge Community College

Curriculum Overview

‘The job of a good curriculum is to inspire teachers, not instruct them.’

Russell Hobby

Curriculum Definition

“The curriculum is a framework for setting out the aims of a programme of education, including the knowledge and skills to be gained at each stage (intent); for translating that framework over time into a structure and narrative, within an institutional context (implementation) and for evaluating what knowledge and skills pupils have gained against expectations (impact/achievement).” Ofsted


Curriculum Purpose

At Ivybridge Community College it is our intent that all learners have access to a high quality, relevant and challenging curriculum.  Learners experience a broad and balanced curriculum that promotes intellectual curiosity and prepares them for the future.

Our aim is to deliver a coherent curriculum that inspires and builds on developing learner’s knowledge and skills, helping them to all become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens. The curriculum embraces creativity alongside a mix of more traditional subjects, blended with extensive extra-curricular enrichment opportunities, and places a high value on students’ spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development, living out The Ivybridge Way.


Mission Statement

“Ivybridge Community College aims to provide an integrated, comprehensive curriculum in an environment where the whole learning experience is one of enjoyment. opportunity, endeavour, achievement and excellence.”

Main Aims

Our aim is to meet the needs of young people in Ivybridge Community College preparing them for adult and working life in the 21st century.

The educational vision and curriculum design for Ivybridge Community College recognises that:

  • The world of 2026 will be very different to the world of today.
  • The pace of change is increasing, hence the importance for flexibility.
  • Young people have and will have increasingly, greater access to information and learning material independently of College.
  • Curriculum delivery should involve the use of adults other than teachers.  These could include support staff, graduates, artists, sports people and people from industry and business to support curriculum delivery. 
  • Student experience at College should go far beyond the rigour of academic subjects; learning through enrichment opportunities should be at the core.


Ivybridge Community College’s Curriculum Policy is based on the following aims, to:

  • Have students at its heart, putting their interests above those of the institution.
  • Have a curriculum that is fit for purpose, offering differentiation and personalisation through academic and vocational routes.
  • Be a centre of excellence in learning and teaching and committed to continuous improvement.
  • Develop learner’s knowledge and skills.
  • Prepare all students for a successful adult and working life in a 21st century global society.
  • Exceed national standards in achievement, attainment and progression.
  • Nurture the talents of all and celebrate success.
  • Work with Primary Schools to ease transition.
  • Involve the community, parents and carers.
  • Be a learning environment that is above all else, inspiring

Please refer to the documents below for further details on our Curriculum Vision, the structure of our curriculum as outlined in the Curriculum Guide.