The majority of our admin support staff are based here.
In the middle of our school building is The Courtyard. This is a tranquil space with numerous picnic tables for students to eat on. Ball games, loud noise and running around are not allowed here which benefits students who want to have a calm area to relax and talk to friends during social time.
We are fortunate, as part of our PE facilities, to have a dance studio. This is obviously used for dance, but also keep fit lessons, yoga and OOSHL activities.
Design Technology & Engineering
We cannot wait to welcome you to the Product Design room G05 to use our amazing equipment to learn practical skills and complete exciting projects. Lessons are fast paced, exciting and incredibly varied. You could be creating a prototype using the 3D printer or making sure your work is accurate on the laser cutter to complete projects on architecture, graphic branding, biomimicry, electronic circuits, and e-textiles. We want you to have all the skills needed to become an amazing designer or engineer. Who knows you could be the creator of the next Tesla, airpods, or be the next Vivien Westwood?
Edward’s Keep is a very large space! It has a number of functions including: a space for assemblies; exam hall; Refocus (where students are supported to return to lessons if their behaviour needs improving); photography studio; Food Hall (an additional large area where students can buy a limited range of snacks and drinks) as well as a space to eat their food.
At Finham Park 2 we believe it is really important to try out new things. In year 7 students have one lesson a week where they choose an enrichment subject to study. It gives them an opportunity to explore new ideas and potentially try something that they could go on to study at GCSE that wouldn’t be offered normally within the Key Stage 3 Curriculum.
Students this year have chosen from Italian, Computing, Outdoor Learning (Forest Schools) and Psychology. Students complete a twelve week course and then move on to another subject.
Enrichment continues into year 8, with one lesson a fortnight. Students may continue to develop their knowledge from year 7 or try something different. We have Italian, Outdoor Learning (Forest School), Mindfulness and exploring Science skills on offer this year. In previous years we have also offered art (sculpture) and Business Studies.
Students who study Mandarin also have additional lessons during some of the Enrichment time.
PE at Finham Park 2 has some superb facilities to engage students and allow us to vary activities and sports. The fitness suite in Edward’s Keep is fully stocked with aerobic equipment such as running and cycling machines as well as a full set of free weights and weight machines. This is often a great introduction to gym equipment and hopefully a healthy life!
Food Prep and Nutrition
In G04 you will find our incredible kitchen. Like our neighbours in G05 on the ‘Corridor of Awesome’, we have some ‘world class’ facilities and equipment to get you cooking amazing food to take home including: blast chiller, sous vide, chamber vacuum, dehydrator, and pasta machines all to create dishes from all over the world using exciting ingredients, techniques and flavours. Recipes are selected to build skills, inspire and introduce new flavours and ingredient such as roasted halloumi with harissa couscous,, tarte au chocolate, orange and polenta cake, ‘curry in a hurry’, and orzotto are just a few of the dishes we work on in Year 7.
Main Reception is where parents will visit if they have an appointment with a member of staff or are collecting their child.
Multi Use Games Area
Behind the Sports Hall you will find the Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA- also called a 3G pitch). It is a high quality area for students to use during PE lessons.
Outdoor Eating Area
Not only are there picnic tables and large umbrellas for students to eat their food outside, but also several benches for students to sit and socialise with friends and table football tables.
In P.E, we believe in a modern curriculum where students experience a combination of traditional team sports and new alternative activities. Year 7’s will study the following sports in their first year: Football, netball, tag rugby, floor gymnastics, circuit training, badminton, basketball, table tennis, boxercise, fitness training, team building activities, indoor cricket, dodgeball, athletics, tchouk ball and rounders!
We have incredible facilities and we are very lucky to have a fantastic relationship with Templar’s Primary School who let us use their fields. Year 7’s are able to use all of our facilities including the brand new sports hall and commercial grade fitness suite.
We also host plenty of clubs for boys and girls. These include football, rugby, netball, gymnastics, trampolining, and rock climbing. We also lead a European Ski Tour every 2 years!
We are fortunate to have a state-of-the-art Sports Hall and changing rooms along with superb equipment. The Sports Hall is the size of 4 badminton courts and has the capacity for a variety of sports including basketball, cricket training, 5-a-side football, gymnastics (including trampolining) and of course badminton.
Personal, Social, Health and Economic education
Our PSHE curriculum was praised during our recent OFSTED inspection, for both its breadth and its challenge. In Year 7 students look at the importance of good and bad relationships, healthy eating and diet, as well as online safety. As part of our aim to promote values of democracy, Year 8 students had the opportunity to visit the Houses of Parliament as well as the Imperial War Museum. We have also benefited from external speakers: for example, last year, we invited Andy Spencer from West Midlands Fire Service to speak to our Year 8 and 10 students about fire and road safety.
Topics in Key Stage 4 include: Mental health, skills for careers, British Values, poverty, relationships & families, online safety, homelessness and human rights.
Our large, bright and airy Refectory area is one of the places where students can buy tasty and healthy hot snacks, meals and drinks. Many students like to sit and eat their food in this area. We are a cash-free school so we use a biometric system (thumb print).
Student Services is staffed throughout the day to support students. Parents/Carers would, in most circumstances, not use this entrance.
The Tennis courts are a large Tarmac expanse at the back of the school used for PE lessons. It is also used by students during social time- mainly for football and basketball.
The library is open before school, at break time, lunchtime and after school for quiet study, reading and homework.
We have a large selection of books, both fiction and non-fiction. The books are shelved either by genre e.g. adventure, diaries, or Accelerated Reader level.
Accelerated Reader is our reading scheme that allows you to earn rewards for reading and taking quizzes on the books that you enjoy.
We have 12 computers available, and a wellbeing table where you can colour or craft, and relax!
We run lots of book related clubs, including our ‘world famous’ Harry Potter Club. The library also runs a lot of trips and experiences including visiting the British Library, Warner Brothers Studios Harry Potter Tour, and theatre shows.
We are fortunate to have met a number of authors and illustrators, and interviewed them for library articles.
If you would like to help in the library, you will have the opportunity to become a student librarian and contribute to keeping your library up to date and exciting.
Art and Photography
Welcome to Art and Photography- a hub of creativity awaiting to facilitate your imagination! You will design, experiment and create, as well as develop essential thinking skills needed to complement other subjects across the curriculum.
We have excellent facilities and equipment for students to use. Our topics are engaging and allow for personalisation and individuality. Past students have achieved excellent GCSE grades, 100 % pass rate with top grades far above the national average.
Throughout the year students will have the opportunity to learn how to draw using several 2D media including paint and print (Silk screen, etching etc). They will use mixed media, including stencil work with airbrushes and spray paint. Students also have the opportunity to try textiles, sculpture and ceramics including pottery wheels.
We have a fantastic photography set up including DSLR cameras, PC suite with Adobe Package, drawing tablets, a photographic studio (multiple backdrops and lights) and a dark room!
Welcome to the Business Studies Department. We are a forward thinking and innovative department that enjoys researching, creating, manufacturing and selling products to students and staff at Finham Park 2.
We offer Year 7 and 8 students ‘Enterprise’ as part of our Enrichment Programme where we explore and make products to sell within school to raise money for charity. This gives the students a real life experience of how a business would work from research and development through to hopefully making a profit.
In Key Stage4 we offer GCSE Business in year 9. Students will explore businesses and the impact they have on customers and the wider community. Students will develop an enterprising mind and be able to investigate and analyse real life businesses.
In 6th form we offer A Level Business. This will enable students to develop an enthusiasm for business and gain a holistic understanding of business in a range of contexts.
We have all seen how vital Computing is in 2020 and at Finham Park 2 we believe that everyone should have an opportunity to learn about e-safety, useful IT skills and have an understanding of how computers actually work, starting in year 7. You will learn how to create with a range of different programs, websites and programming languages – from building your own website and mobile app to games and graphics. Our main programming language from year 8 upwards is Python. At Key Stage 4 we offer two courses to suit different types of students – GCSE Computer Science and a more creative option of a Technical Award in Interactive Media.
We are very fortunate to have fantastic Computing rooms to work in with a modern PC for each student in the class. Around the school there are other rooms set up to use desktop PCs (and Macs in Music) plus trolleys of iPads and laptops to use in other subjects.
In Geography we start by exploring our amazing city, learning about how it has changed and grown as well as thinking about what it is like to live in today. We go on to look at the weather, learning about what causes it to change as well as how it affects our daily lives. We find out about extreme weather events and what it would be like to live through them. Students study a range of different countries and learn about what it would be like to live in them and what challenges people face who live there. We also look at coasts and rivers exploring processes and landforms as well as how humans interact with them.
We encourage students to be inquisitive, ask questions and explore ideas for themselves. We develop skills such as observation, map work, communication and questioning through activities both in class and homework.
Students have the opportunity to continue with Geography to GCSE (AQA) and to A-level (OCR).
Mathematics is the most beautiful and most powerful creation of the human spirit. -Stefan Banach
All year 7 students will be competing against each other every lesson through ‘Numeracy Ninjas’ https://www.numeracyninjas.org/. Prizes/certificates will be given out every half term to those who achieve the highest scores or make the most progress. Alongside this you will be given opportunities to improve in your mathematical problem solving skills which you have begun to develop in primary school in order to achieve the very best in your GCSE exams in year 11. Topics that we will cover throughout the year include Number, Ratio and Proportion, Algebra, Geometry and Handling Data. We also have access to a variety of apps and websites such as PiXL Maths, PiXL TT app and Hegarty Maths. These apps will also be used to set homework and practise key skills throughout the year using the department set of iPads that we have available for student use.
Out Of School Hours Learning (OOSHL)
We offer over 40 different after school activities a week that run for an hour after school.
Our clubs are wide ranging and varied. Students are offered a large number of sports including rugby, football, netball and basketball as well as the use of the fitness suite and activities such as yoga and cheerleading.
Harry Potter Club has also proved to be very popular and culminated in a visit to Harry Potter World as well as a memorable feast in the school library. Other activities have included eco-squad, learning languages such as Japanese, drama, robotics, craft and art club. In key stage 4 students also have the opportunity to complete their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
All students would normally be expected to pick at least one OOSHL a week but many pick to do more.
Psychology & Sociology
Psychology and Sociology are extremely popular subjects, especially in today’s society. Students who learn Psychology and Sociology get the opportunity to discover the world around them in much more detail. They take part in creative lessons full of discussions on big and key questions such as: How does our brain work? Why do people commit crimes? What is mental health? How important are our childhood experiences? How important are non-verbal behaviours? How do animals communicate and develop? Students are equipped with skills that allow them to understand those around them and become better citizens of the world!
Could you be the next Elon Musk or Marie Curie? Learning science enables us to explain, understand and engage with the world around us. Scientists have worked for many years to explain and improve our world; research is on-going with new and exciting discoveries being made every day. We aim to develop our students into confident young scientists with an enthusiasm for investigation.
At Finham Park 2 we have 8 fully equipped labs with specialised practical areas to carry out experiments, and a wide range of chemicals and practical materials.
In Biology students will learn about the natural world, what we are made of at cellular level and what makes us the way we are.
In Chemistry students will learn all about what everything is made up of and how matter reacts with each other.
In Physics students study what forces are around us and the energy we use every day.
The Hub is our ‘Inclusion centre’ at FP2 and is open to all students. Staff from our own Hub team as well as other specialist staff are available to support students with their learning and behavioural needs and difficulties.
Students with SEND have access to a wide range of interventions and support as and when they need it, such as:
Learning support (small group interventions and/or in lesson support with Teaching Assistants); anxiety group support sessions; anger management sessions; protective behaviour (keeping ourselves safe, online etc.); social skills groups; buddy groups; help with specific learning needs (e.g. dyslexia/ASD/ADHD etc.); access to counselling; daily supported homework club; and access arrangements for examinations.
The Hub is open during break and lunch times and at the end of the day for identified students to undertake learning interventions and homework support.
Thinking about and preparing for your career starts early at Finham Park 2 and we all work together to ensure that you are ready and prepared for what lies
ahead of you. We keep you up to date with what is happening in the labour market so that you leave here equipped to pursue your dreams.
In Year 7 and 8 you will spend the Autumn term taking part in reviews, quizzes and challenges! Spring sees the launch of our student leadership team and
career workshops. In Summer we take part in Enterprise Week, Future Opportunities Assemblies and one-on-one career interviews.
Drama at FP2 is a fun, exciting and explorative subject. We study a wide range of topics, plays, genres and styles and develop many techniques, both Acting and Physical Theatre. We know how important Drama is as it provides students with a range of skills that will help them develop their communication, expression, confidence and team building skills. The collaborative nature of Drama as an art form gives students the opportunity to develop their interpersonal skills as well as their vocal delivery, body language and facial expressions.
All students study drama at KS3 with two lessons a fortnight where we explore scripted and devising modules. Drama can also be chosen as a GCSE where there is an option to study the design aspect of Drama.
Here at FP2 the Drama and Music departments have worked together to put on some fantastic plays, musicals and festivals which have displayed the amazing, unique talents of our students.
Hello! And welcome to the Finham Park 2 English Department. We love welcoming a new group of students each year, and we hope you’d like to be part of that.
Studying English helps you succeed in all subjects at school, and we think it’s really important that you can express yourself clearly and effectively. We also love reading and believe that school is the best place for you to discover some of the best that has ever been written. So over the course of Year Seven, you will study Homer’s Odyssey, Lord of the Flies and The Tempest, and many other famous texts throughout the rest of Key Stage Three.
There are lots of opportunities for you to share your own stories and create professional and impressive pieces of writing, as well as debate some of the most thought-provoking topics of the moment.
Through studying the best of literature and language at Finham Park 2, we hope you will learn to be the best you can be.
Finham Park 2 has a lively History department, which utilises interactive teaching techniques and purpose made resources. We offer ‘world class’ trips to Poland, the USA and to many locations in the UK. Lessons are taught with an engaging atmosphere and often focus on inquiry skills that are vital to understanding the world in which we live in today.
At Finham Park 2 we take a broadly chronological approach to learning about the past. At Key Stage 3, students will investigate periods such as the Norman conquest, the Tudor Queens, the Industrial Revolution and, of course the World Wars. At GCSE, students learn about Norman England, the Cold War and 20th century American history. At A-Level, students explore topics such as the Crusades and British history (1930-97).
Modern Foreign Languages
Languages are very important at Finham Park 2 and we offer a broad range of languages including Spanish, French and Mandarin. All students study a language throughout their time at Finham Park 2 up to GCSE. We have links with schools in Almería, Spain, Noyon, France and Shanghai, China with which students have the opportunity to carry out joint activities. We offer exciting trips to Almería and Noyon in year 9 in which students spend a day in our partner schools as well as experiencing Spain and France first hand. Students who opt for the Mandarin Excellence programme (MEP) get the opportunity to spend two weeks in year 8 in a Chinese university studying Mandarin.
Our curriculum is broad and allows students not only to learn the language but also to experience the culture that goes with it, be that food, sport, festivals or the different countries around the world where the language is spoken.
Welcome to the FP2 Music Department! We pride ourselves on a practical and varied curriculum sure to engage your child from day one. We have incredible facilities including a 16 computer Apple Mac computer suite, every instrument you could ever need, and a brand new professionally equipped studio with two live rooms. Lessons are planned to be fun and engaging with students having access to multiple instruments each lesson and our seven fully equipped breakout/ practice rooms. We also have a hugely successful instrumental scheme with year 7 receiving a 10-week taster programme of lessons on an instrument of their choice from one of our team of visiting musicians. Students at FP2 are four times more likely to learn a musical instrument than on average. This year’s project will see 30 young musicians become the start of the FP2 Orchestra in collaboration with Coventry Music Service. The instruments and lessons are provided and as ever our students bring their talent and positive attitude.
RE at Finham Park 2 has grown immensely in the last few years. Students enjoy the debates we have on topical issues as well as learning about other faiths and cultures in the UK and beyond. The transferable skills students learn in RE are grounded within the ability to think critically about topics that are relevant to the world we live in.
We take a diverse approach to learning about religious and non-religious worldviews. In Key Stage 3, students learn about various topics beginning with a broad introduction to RE in Year 7. They learn about some of the main world religions like Christianity, Islam, Hinduism. Additionally, they look at philosophical issues such as the problem of evil and questions linked to personal identity, ethics and so forth. At GCSE, students learn about topics such as Crime and Punishment, Peace and Conflict, Matters of Life and Death, Marriage and the Family from Christian and Sikh views respectfully.