CURRICULUM

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
Accelerated Reader  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 Edexcel 1SC0 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 8201 Year 9 Year 11
Performing Arts BTEC Level 2 Performing Arts Option Edexcel 600/4785/9 Year 9 Year 11
Construction BTEC Construction Option Edexcel HTC66 Year 9 Year 11
Engineering NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Engineering Option NCFE 601/4532/8 Year 9 Year 11
Business Studies BTEC Level 2 Business Studies Option Edexcel 600/4786/0 Year 9 Year 11
Hair and Beauty City and Guilds Hair and Beauty Option City and Guilds 3001 Year 9 Year 11
Health and Social Care BTEC Health and Social Care Option Edexcel 600/4782/3 Year 9 Year 11
Sport BTEC Sport Option Edexcel 600/4779/3 Year 9 Year 11

For further information about our curriculum offer, please see our curriculum overview for each year group or contact the school directly at info@bay.staracademies.org.