CURRICULUM

Our curriculum is designed to foster thought, curiosity and a desire for learning in all students, regardless of their backgrounds, strengths and needs. It should be a gateway to opportunity and to a fulfilling and prosperous life in modern Britain and beyond.

Our curriculum is broad and balanced, with an emphasis on academic success. We prioritise learning in Literacy, Numeracy, Languages, Humanities and Science. Our curriculum is both coherent and cumulative, with an emphasis on the critical importance of knowledge acquisition.

In line with the Star Quality Standards, the curriculum actively promotes equality for all through both its content and delivery. Full details are contained in the Annual Equalities Statement.

We aim to ensure that all pupils have access to the curriculum and are not disadvantaged by any disabilities or special educational needs. Full details are contained in the SEND Information Report, Policy and Guidance.

Our curriculum aims to:

  • Cultivate well-rounded, intelligent and socially-aware students
  • Mould students into good citizens, with a sense of responsibility for their actions
  • Encourage civic and social participation within the community
  • Promote the development of young leaders
  • Allow students to develop their individuality
  •  Empower students with the necessary skills and abilities to play a full and inclusive role within society
  • Provide a solid foundation for future learning at every stage
  • Deliver excellent exam results

At the core of the Academy’s curriculum will be a specialist and obligatory menu at Key Stages 3 and 4 for all students of academic subjects leading to the English Baccalaureate including English, Mathematics, Sciences, Languages and Humanities. We also offer Arts, Technology, Computer Studies, ICT and Physical Education.

Key Stage 3

All students will follow a traditional model of study, which involves core and foundation subjects following the national curriculum. Students are offered extra time for English and Mathematics where necessary.

 

Subjects Available at Key Stage 3
Subject Exam Information
English  Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
Mathematics  Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
Science  Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
History  Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
Geography  Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
French  Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
RE  Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
PE  Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
Design Technology  Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
Art  Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
Performing Arts  Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
Music  Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
Computing  Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
PHSE/Citizenship  Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
Key Stage 4

Most students will follow a combination of subjects which will enable them to achieve the English Baccalaureate, where they are also offered extra time for English and Mathematics where necessary. The primary focus is to ensure that every student is given the opportunity to make above expected progress in English and Mathematics.

 

Courses Available at Key Stage 4

 

Subject

Course Title

Core/Option

Exam Board

Specification

English

GCSE English Language

Core

AQA

8700

GCSE English Literature

Core

AQA

8702

Mathematics

GCSE Mathematics

Core

Edexcel

1MA1

Sciences

GCSE Combined Science

Core – pupils study one of the Science courses

Edexcel

1SC0

GCSE Triple Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)

Edexcel

1BI0, 1CH0, 1PH0

Humanities

GCSE History

Core (pupils study one of the Humanities courses)

AQA

8145

GCSE Geography

AQA

8035

Languages

GCSE French

Core

AQA

8658

Art

GCSE Art

Option

AQA

8202

Sport

GCSE PE

Option

Edexcel

1PEO

Performing Arts

BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Award in Performing Arts

Option

Edexcel

YPT12

Engineering

NCFE Level 1/2 Tech Award in Engineering

Option

NCFE

603/2963/4

Business Studies

BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Award in Enterprise

Option

Edexcel

BHGK4

Health and Social Care

BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Award in Health & Social Care

Option

Edexcel

YPD13

I Media

Cambridge National Level 1/2 Certificate in Creative I Media

Option

OCR

J817

For further information about our curriculum offer, please see our curriculum booklets or contact the school directly at info@bay.staracademies.org