Curriculum Model 2020 and beyond
The academy delivers our curriculum over a two-week cycle. There are 25 lessons per week (50 lessons per cycle), with 5 lessons each day. Each lesson is 60 minutes in length. We also deliver our personal development and wellbeing curriculum through two tutor periods one at the start and one at the end of each day. 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 offer extensive extra-curricula enrichment each day in which students have the opportunity to engage with academic intervention and support, and to participate in a wide variety of of clubs and groups.
Key Stage 3 (Years 7/8/9)
Students are placed into two equivalent bands of mixed prior attainment, O and B. The banding is used to increase our ability to schedule classes with subject specialist teachers.
In Key Stage 3 all students follow a core curriculum comprising of the following subjects:
- physical education (P.E.)
- computing (I.C.T) and business
- Personal Health and Social Education (P.S.H.E.)
Students are taught in classes of mixed ability with the exception of English, mathematics, science and Spanish.
key stage 3 progress group
We continue to run a “progress group” in Key Stage 3 for our students who come to us from primary without yet meeting the expected standard for literacy and numeracy at Key Stage 2. Students are taught English and mathematics by a teacher with significant experience of primary teaching and Special Educational Needs (SEN). 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 Key Stage 3 to enable them to close the attainment gap be as prepared as possible with the demands of Key Stage 4.
Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11)
In Year 10 and Year 11 students can personalise their curriculum by selecting optional qualifications to study at Key Stage 4. Students are placed into two bands of mixed prior attainment, O and B. The banding is used increase timetabling flexibility to allow the greatest choice of qualification options delivered by subject specialists.
We do not limit the curriculum choices for any of our students. All students receive guidance and are able to freely choose to study all available subjects including the English Bachelorette (EBacc.) - which is achieved by completing qualification in English, mathematics, science, history/geography and Spanish. Other options such at separate science GCSEs in biology, chemistry and physics are also open to all regardless of prior attainment.
In Key Stage 4 all students study a "Core Curriculum" that contains the following subjects:
- English Literature and English Language
- Combined Science (inc. modules in Biology, Chemistry and Physics)
- PE (Core PE is based around essential health and fitness and does not lead to a qualification)
- PSHE and Careers (delivered through tutor time and bespoke events)
We offer all students a choice of a humanities to continue to study throughout Key Stage 4. We currently offer a choice of:
- History (GCSE)
- Geography (GCSE)
- Travel and Tourism (BTEC)
Students are able to study more than one humanities subject if they wish by selecting history in the free choice option pools (see below).
All students are offered a choice from our "futures" option pool. Here students can choose to continue there study of Spanish which will allow completion of the EBacc. qualification, which may lead to study of A-Levels and university or they can instead choose to study ICT or Business studies which are qualifications desired in the local job market and apprenticeships.
Students are free to choose two further subjects to continue studying for Year 10 and Year 11. In the last academic year the following option pools were offered after an initial polling of students. The offer changes year upon year as we try to match the needs and aspirations of our students.
|Option Pool A||Option Pool B|
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.
- English Language
- English Literature
- Further Maths
- Government & Politics
- Graphic Design
- Film Studies
- Media Studies
- Film Studies
BTEC Firsts & Nationals or City & Guilds
- Medical Science
- Forensic Science
- Motor Vehicle/Engineering
- Public Services
- Travel & Tourism
- Child Care
- Performing Arts
- 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:
- Child Care
- Hair & Beauty
- Health Care
- Animal Studies
- Equine Care