Curriculum Plan

Curriculum Model 2016-17 and beyond

This model features 25 lessons per week, with 5 lessons each day. Each lesson is 65 minutes in length. We believe that this model encourages pace and challenge in lessons, as well as providing the framework for a diverse and balanced curriculum offer for our students. We have an additional enrichment period at the end of each day in which students have the opportunity to participate in a choice of over 70 additional activities ranging from academic intervention and support, to rowing and additional qualifications.

Our three specialisms of English, Maths and Applied Learning permeate the curriculum. Applied Learning opportunities in particular thread throughout the curriculum and we have also ensured that our Key Stage 4 and 5 curriculum has a range of applied subjects within it to ensure students have the right courses available to engage them and prepare them for adult life and the world of work and careers.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 & 8)

Many of our students enter Year 7 with depressed literacy levels, consequently there has had to be a huge focus on developing literacy skills early to ensure students can access the wider curriculum and achieve exam success as they progress through school. Our enquiry based curriculum in Years 7 and 8 has a major focus on literacy, oracy and skills for learning. To compliment this we will also continue to use the Accelerated Reader programme which has shown dramatic impact upon reading ages and has contributed to a culture of reading across the academy. Our core curriculum includes English, Maths, Science, Every Child Matters (PSHE), PE and ICT.

We continue to offer our students a broad and varied curriculum which ensures all students have access to a range of subjects including the Humanities, Performing Arts, Technology and Modern Foreign Languages.

Below is the weekly allocation of periods for each subject. There will be 2 equivalent bands in Year 7 with some students having additional English and Maths delivered in a nurture environment.

B Band:Lessons per WeekO Band:Lessons per Week
English4 periodsEnglish4 periods
Oracy1 periodOracy1 period
Maths4 periodsMaths4 periods
Science3 periodsScience3 periods
ICT1 periodICT1 period
Humanities4 periodsHumanities4 periods
Spanish2 periodsSpanish2 periods
Technology1 periodTechnology1 period
PE1 periodPE1 period
Art1 periodArt1 period
Dance1 periodDance1 period
Drama1 periodDrama1 period
Music1 periodMusic1 period
TOTAL25TOTAL25

 

Year 7 Progress Group

We will continue to run a “progress group” in Year 7 for our least able students. Students are taught English and Maths by a teacher with significant experience of primary teaching and Special Educational Needs. They will have specialist teachers for the remaining subjects. These pupils are also supported by a full time Teaching Assistant.

The aim of this approach is to up-skill pupils as much as possible in Year 7 to enable them to be as prepared as possible with the demands of Year 8.

Every Child Matters PSHEE Curriculum (Years 7-11)

PSHEE and Citizenship are delivered to pupils by form tutors who see pupils for 20 minutes each morning. One of these sessions is a current affairs/literacy lesson. We also have an ECM day each term which is a curriculum breakdown day where students work on various projects to develop their awareness of the ECM agenda. These activities combined form our ECM curriculum.

Each child in the school also has an academic mentor who they meet regularly as part of this curriculum to discuss targets, progress, achievements and issues.

We have also invested in the “Vision to Learn” package this year which is an online resource which enables students to get much of the work from the ECM curriculum accredited. Consequently we have students now working towards qualifications such as the “Equality and Diversity” Award and a GCSE in PSHE.

Key Stage 4 (Years 9-11)

Pathways

We are operating a dual pathway approach where students are guided towards a pathway which is most suited to their academic ability. There are two Core Curriculum pathways, Blue and Gold. The Blue pathway gives students access to the suite of GCSE subjects that make up the English Baccalaureate measure; English, Maths, two Sciences, a Modern Foreign Language, and Geography or History.

Blue PathwayLessons per weekGold PathwayLessons per week
GCSE English and English Literature5 periodsGCSE English and English Literature5 periods
GCSE Maths4 periodsGCSE Maths4 periods
2 Science GCSES4 periods2 Science GCSEs4 periods
BTEC Business and GCSE ICT2 periodsBTEC Business and GCSE ICT2 periods
Sport (Core and BTEC and/or GCSE)2 periodsSport (Core and BTEC)2 periods
GCSE Spanish2 periodsThird Option subject *2 periods
GCSE Geography or History2 periodsGCSE Geography, History or Spanish2 periods
& 2 Option subjects4 periods (2 per option)& 2 Option subjects4 periods (2 per option)
TOTAL25TOTAL25

 

Year 9 Option Choices

Students select 1 option from each block. Pupils study each option for 2 periods each week. If pupils have successfully completed a course at the end of Year 10, they may be fast tracked onto a level 3 course or may choose to opt for another subject to complete in Year 11.

Option 1Option 2*Option 3 (Gold Pathway Only)
  • Triple Science (Blue Pathway Only)
  • Computer Science (Blue Pathway Only)
  • History
  • Philosophy & Ethics
  • Dance
  • Music
  • Hair & Beauty
  • Industry Skills (Engineering, Construction & Motor Vehicle)
  • Catering & Hospitality
  • Art & Design
  • Craft & Design (Fashion, Graphics, Product Design)
  • Drama
  • Child Development
  • French
  • Geography
  • Film Studies
  • Leisure & Tourism
  • Music Technology
  • Graphic Design Certificate
  • Performance Skills
  • Food & Cooking
  • Hair & Beauty
  • Creative & Interactive Media

 

Construction Centre

Alongside our hairdressing salon, beauty treatment centre and motor vehicle/engineering workshop we have a construction centre to enhance our applied learning provision. Students opting for Construction study this course in our new off-site, purpose built, construction facility in a local industrial estate. This site is staffed by an experienced industry specialist who will train the students in a range of skills from bricklaying to joinery. The unit is owned by our Construction partners EBL, a local building firm who have conducted much of the environmental improvement work on the academy.

Post 16 Provision

We offer a wide range of post 16 qualifications from level 1/3. There is a comprehensive range of A levels on offer and a variety of BTEC qualifications.

A/Levels offered:

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Maths
  • Further Maths
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Law
  • History
  • Geography
  • Government & Politics
  • Sociology
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Art
  • Graphic Design
  • Photography
  • Film Studies
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Accountancy
  • Media Studies
  • Film Studies

BTEC Firsts & Nationals or City & Guilds

  • Medical Science
  • Forensic Science
  • ICT
  • Business
  • Motor Vehicle/Engineering
  • Sport
  • Public Services
  • Travel & Tourism
  • Child Care
  • Performing Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Fashion
  • Catering

Other qualifications

  • FA Coaching badges Levels 1 and 2
  • NVQ Hairdressing Levels 1 and 2
  • City and Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Hairdressing
  • COPE/Key Skills
  • Extended Project Qualification
  • Resit English and Maths GCSE

Post 16 Apprenticeships

In 2014-15 we will further develop our OBA apprenticeship programme in which students will work towards industry qualifications and Level 2 qualifications in English and Maths whilst also completing on-going work experience with one of several local companies we have developed links with. This is an invaluable bridge into a skilled career for many of students. We are offering apprenticeships in:

  • Construction
  • Sport
  • Child Care
  • Hair & Beauty
  • Health Care
  • Business
  • Animal Studies
  • Equine Care
  • Engineering