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Curriculum Principles + Overview

Curriculum Principles + Overview

Our curriculum principles are that we aim to provide a curriculum that:

  • provides challenge and aspirational goals for all pupils;
  • supports progress throughout the different key stages;
  • prioritises the development and mastery of key numeracy and literacy skills;
  • is knowledge rich;
  • recognises the importance of context and is relevant to the local and global educational and employment situation.

Our cluster school relationship ensures that we are able to offer an effective transition from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 3, developing pupils in both literacy and numeracy.

Students follow a three year Key Stage 3 curriculum in classes set by ability in the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science and offering a wide range of curriculum subjects.

Termly assessments are used to track and monitor student progress and achievement. Our formative assessment is at the core of our curriculum and focuses on progress and identifying and addressing gap.

Personal, Social, Health & Careers Education (PSHCE) and Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) is embedded in our tutor programme and curriculum. It is taught through the three Key Stages.

KEY STAGE 3 – YEARS 7-9

The curriculum choices offered through the options programme are adapted to the developing needs of each cohort.

Students are consulted on their preferred subject choices and the curriculum is designed accordingly.

We offer a broad spectrum of curriculum pathways from traditional GCSE and GCE courses through to BTEC and vocational apprenticeships.

The transition from Year 6 to Year 7

As a cluster of schools we offer an effective transition from Key Stage 2 (Year 6) to Key Stage 3 (Year 7), with a strong emphasis on literacy and numeracy.

A bespoke induction programme, including a two week summer school, helps students settle into life at the Academy and allows us to develop strong communication with parents and carers.

What we offer

Our Key Stage 3 curriculum aims to be rich, varied, challenging and inspiring.

We aspire for all students to achieve their potential and succeed beyond what may be seen as their best, whatever their starting point. Our three year Key Stage 3 curriculum consolidates key learning skills, fosters creativity, and enhances knowledge across a wide range of subjects.

We set the bar high for achievement, making every teacher accountable for the progress of the students they teach. Both formative and summative assessments are used to track and monitor progress throughout Key Stage 3. Heads of Year and Heads of Department work closely together, focusing on the academic achievement of students in their year groups and subject areas.

Underachievement is quickly identified, and high impact interventions are swiftly implemented to ensure all students achieve their targets.

Teachers are encouraged to plan imaginative and enjoyable lessons, which provide memorable learning experiences. A range of learning styles is used to engage all students, and encourage them to become independent learners. Careful questioning and structured student talk in lessons also help to deepen and develop students’ understanding of the curriculum at Key Stage 3.

Enrichment

Students are offered a wide programme of enrichment activities at Key Stage 3, including opportunities in sports, science and technology, languages, and creative subjects such as music, dance, art and drama.

All students are encouraged to participate in educational trips in order to help bring learning to life and expand their horizons.

KEY STAGE 4 – YEARS 10-11

The curriculum choices offered through the options programme are adapted to the developing needs of each cohort.

Students are consulted on their preferred subject choices and the curriculum is designed accordingly.

What we offer

We offer a broad spectrum of curriculum pathways from traditional GCSE and GCE courses through to BTEC and vocational apprenticeships.

Over the two years of KS4, all students study English, maths, science, PE, a language and a humanities subject in addition to their chosen subjects.

Outside the classroom

At all Key Stages the curriculum is supported by an extensive extracurricular programme provided as part of the extended day, to broaden and enhance the learning experience.

Careers education, enterprise education and financial capability are integral to all areas of the curriculum, and are used to support work experience placements for all students in year 10.

For more information on our curriculum please contact our Vice Principal, Mr M Charles