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.

In line with the Star Quality Standards, the curriculum actively promotes equality for all through both its content and delivery. Full details are contained in the Annual Equalities Statement.

We aim to ensure that all pupils have access to the curriculum and are not disadvantaged by any disabilities or special educational needs. Full details are contained in the SEND Information Report, Policy and Guidance.

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 including English, Mathematics, Sciences, Languages and Humanities.

Key Stage 3

The Academy operates a three-year Key Stage 3. All pupils will follow a traditional model of study, which involves core and foundation subjects following the national curriculum.

Assessments at Key Stage 3

The Academic year is split into 3 formal assessment points, one at the end of each term. Parents/carers receive 3 report cards per year that gives them information on a range of indicators such as progress, homework, behaviour and attitude to learn.

Courses Available at Key Stage 3

Non-examinable course 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
Computing Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
P.E. Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
Religious Education Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
PSHE /Citizenship Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
Art Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
Food Technology Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
Performing Arts (Music / Drama) Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3

 

Key Stage 4

The Academy operates a traditional two-year Key Stage 4.  Across Years 10 & 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 where 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. This will be a personalised pathway which will ensure targeted SEND pupils, including those supported with an educational health care plan (EHCP) 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.

We complete GSCE RS and Citizenship at the end of year 10 as both courses are fundamental in our aims of developing respectable, tolerant role models who propagate fundamental British Values.  Sufficient curriculum time is allocated to both subject areas to allow for breadth and depth of understanding.

In year 11, pupils can opt from a number of options. Most qualifications require 120 GLH/TQT (Guided Learning Hours/Total Qualification Time) which means there is sufficient time for all courses to be completed in year 11 based on 4 lessons a week.

 

Courses Available at Key Stage 4
Subject Course Title Core/Option Exam Board Specification Start Finish
English GCSE English Language Core AQA 8700 Year 10 Year 11
GCSE English Literature Core AQA 8702 Year 10 Year 11
Maths GCSE Mathematics Core EdExcel 1MA1 Year 10 Year 11
Sciences GCSE Science (Combined) Core – pupils study one of the Science courses EdExcel 1SC0 Year 10 Year 11
GCSE Science (Individual Sciences) – Biology, Chemistry, Physics EdExcel 1BI0, 1CH0 & 1PH0 Year 10 Year 11
Humanities GCSE History Core – pupils study one of the Humanities courses AQA 8145 Year 10 Year 11
GCSE Geography AQA 8035 Year 10 Year 11
Languages GCSE French Core – pupils study one of the Languages courses AQA 8658 Year 10 Year 11
GCSE Arabic EdExcel 1AA0 Year 10 Year 11
GCSE Urdu   AQA 1AA0 Year 10 Year 11
Computing/ICT GCSE Computer Science Core – pupils study one of the computing courses OCR J276 Year 9 Year 10
Cambridge National in Creative iMedia OCR J817 Year 9 Year 10
Religious Studies GCSE Religious Studies Core AQA 8062 Year 9 Year 10
Citizenship GCSE Citizenship Core AQA 8100 Year 9 Year 10
Physical Education Physical Education Core OCR N/A N/A N/A
Option 1: History Or Geography GCSE History Or GCSE Geography Option AQA 8145/8035 Year 11(four lessons a week) Year 11
Option 2: Hospitality & Catering L2 Hospitality & Catering Option WJEC TBC Year 11 (four lessons a week) Year 11
Option 3: Cambridge National Sports Studies L2 Cambridge National Sports Studies Option OCR TBC Year 11 (four lessons a week) Year 11
Option 4: Business Studies L2 Business Studies Option AQA TBC Year 11 (four lessons a week) Year 11
Option 5: Further Maths L2 Further Maths Option AQA TBC Year 11 (four lessons a week) Year 11