Our curriculum is designed to foster thought, curiosity and a desire for learning in all pupils, 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.

Our curriculum aims to:

  • Cultivate well-rounded, intelligent and socially-aware pupils
  • Mould pupils 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 pupils to develop their individuality
  • Empower pupils 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 pupils of academic subjects leading to the English Baccalaureate and including English, mathematics, sciences, languages, humanities, arts and technology.

Key Stage 3

The Academy operates a two-year Key Stage 3. All pupils will follow a traditional model of study, which involves core and foundation subjects. Pupils 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

The Academy operates a three-year Key Stage 4 where pupils sit GCSE’s across both Year 10 and 11. Pupils make their GCSE choices towards the end of Year 8. Across Years 9, 10 and 11, most pupils 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 if necessary. The primary focus is to ensure that every pupil makes above expected progress in English and Mathematics.

A very small number of pupils will undertake an alternative vocational pathway. This will be a targeted pathway which will ensure SEN pupils, including those supported with an EHC Plan and those newly arrived to the country, are supported in their learning to ensure they make rapid progress. Pupils will complete nationally and industry recognised awards and qualifications, developing a personalised portfolio to include GCSE’s and vocational achievements.

Courses Available at Key Stage 4

 

Subject

Course Title

Core/Option

Exam Board

Specification

Start

End

English

GCSE English Language

Core

AQA

8700

Year 9

Year 11

GCSE English Literature

Core

AQA

8702

Year 9

Year 11

Mathematics

GCSE Mathematics

Core

Edexcel

1MA1

Year 9

Year 11

Sciences

GCSE Combined Science

Core – pupils study one of the Science courses

Edexcel

1SC0

Year 9

Year 11

GCSE Triple Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)

Edexcel

1BI0, 1CH0, 1PH0

Year 9

Year 11

Humanities

GCSE History

Core (pupils study one of the Humanities courses)

AQA

8145

Year 9

Year 11

GCSE Geography

AQA

8035

Year 9

Year 11

Languages

GCSE French

Core

AQA

8658

Year 9

Year 11

Art

GCSE Art

Option

AQA

8202

Year 9

Year 10

Sport

GCSE PE

Option

Edexcel

1PEO

Year 9

Year 10

Performing Arts

BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Award in Performing Arts

Option

Edexcel

YPT12

Year 9

Year 10

Engineering

NCFE Level 1/2 Tech Award in Engineering

Option

NCFE

603/2963/4

Year 9

Year 10

Business Studies

BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Award in Enterprise

Option

Edexcel

BHGK4

Year 9

Year 10

Health and Social Care

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

Option

Edexcel

YPD13

Year 9

Year 10

I Media

Cambridge National Level 1/2 Certificate in Creative I Media

Option

OCR

J817

Year 9

Year 10

 

CURRICULUM