Students will leave the IPU with skills that are in demand in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths), and be well-equipped to progress straight into employment, an apprenticeship or on to higher education.
At IPU students benefit from a more personalised approach to learning and more individual attention than they would have in a larger traditional school.
There is a strong emphasis on personal development and you will be nurtured to become mature young adults ready to take your place in the world of work.
Our focused curriculum will prepare you for a career in the IT and engineering sectors while
keeping other career routes open.
Here are some key facts about our curriculum:
There are no tests required for 14 year olds to be accepted into IPU
No more than 550 will be accepted, to ensure that the ratio of teachers
to students remains low
There will generally be between 25 and 30 students per class
The school day typically runs from 8.30am to 5.00pm, except on Mondays and Fridays when classes finish at 4.30pm
school year will follow a similar pattern to that of other local secondary schools
IPU will offer a strong pastoral care system, allowing each student to be known and developed by every member
of staff because classes will not be overcrowded
There is a broad general curriculum on offer at Key Stage 4. Core subjects of Maths, English and Science are taught alongside demanding and interesting computing or engineering projects
The curriculum content is determined and shaped through the partnership of employers and universities and developed in line with Government requirements
All technology that students use will be up to industry standard
IPU will have approximately 33.5 hours of teaching time available (excluding breaks) each week over 38 teaching weeks, equating to 1,273 hours a year.
An average school has approximately 27.5 hours of teaching
each week over 38 teaching weeks, equating to 1,045 hours a year.
So a difference of 228 hours a year means an extra 41.45 days or over 8 extra weeks of teaching a year. A student with us through Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 could expect to receive
40 weeks extra teaching.
IPU offers the best preparation for moving into employment or further and higher education.
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