Our Curriculum Leaders in each faculty have carefully planned and sequenced a curriculum that builds upon prior learning in the Key Stage 2 National Curriculum. At the start of year 7 we use SATs and GL Assessments to determine the current knowledge base of our students. Staff use this information to create engaging and appropriate lessons to allow students to continue to make progress. Core skills of literacy and numeracy as well as SMSC, CEIAG and Fundamental British Values are embedded in our curriculum from the ground up.
Our Key Stage 3 includes Years 7, 8 and 9. Our students study a broad range of subjects to lay the foundations for future study and we choose to deliver over three years to allow a sufficient depth of knowledge to be acquired to be prepared for the rigor of Key Stage 4 and to ensure each student has fulfilled their entitlement of study. Based on the National Curriculum, as a benchmark to surpass, our teachers have developed clear learning journeys in every subject with knowledge and skills mapped out to ensure effective retention of knowledge avoiding the accumulation of misconceptions. Knowledge acquisition is tracked to ensure that each student receives their entitlement of study. Throughout this Key Stage, students are given access to opportunities that enrich their lives and provide opportunities that would not otherwise be available to them.
Options are structured in such a way to allow pupils a free choice. We do not limit the ambitions of our students and all are free to choose to study for the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) suite of qualifications as well as separate science GCSEs. This ensures equity of delivery, with all pupils having equal access to subjects. The options are designed to stretch and challenge pupils and to meet the demands of the local labour market. Pupils are offered a mixture of practical and academic subjects from all areas of the curriculum. Within the option subjects, the academy offers a range of different accreditation routes including academic and vocational options. This gives every pupil a broad and balanced curriculum, but still offers a flexibility to maximise the outcomes achieved by each individual. This model also maintains the widest possible choice for progression routes Post 16 into our own sixth form.
Student progress into our sixth form into one of four clear pathways:
- Academic – to study A-Levels, with the aspiration of future study at university or entry to a Degree Level Apprenticeship.
- Vocational – to study BTEC and other internationally recognised qualifications, with the aspiration of future study at university or apprenticeship or job.
- Mixed – to study a bespoke combination of A-Levels and Vocational.
- Transition – to secure essential knowledge of key stage 4 numeracy and literacy to prepare for the rigor of KS5.
Students receive support and guidance throughout Key Stage 4 to prepare them for their next steps on Key Stage 5 Option choices. The academy places entry criteria (typically a grade 6 at GCSE) to progress onto some academic courses. The vocational pathway is open to all students who achieve 5 or more qualifications in Key Stage 4, students who do not meet these requirements are welcomed back to continue to study in our Transition Pathway. The Transition Pathway includes new Level 2 qualifications for students to study as well as access to GCSE and Functional Skills English and mathematics which are also open to all pathways at sixth form. All subjects in Sixth Form are taught by subject specialists who have continued the academy’s subject specific learning journeys and sequenced knowledge maps into Years 12 and 13.