Curriculum Overview

Our curriculum: Intent

  • is sequenced to enable pupils to build their knowledge and skills over time
  • provides deep, sustained and valuable learning for all pupils, including those with SEND
  • provides opportunities to develop levels of literacy and numeracy across all curricular areas
  • promotes opportunities across the curriculum for the development of good student health and well being
  • recognises the importance of digital literacy and provides opportunities for the development of
  • the skills pupils need to function safely and responsibly in a technological world
  • provides a range of academic, technical and vocational courses which challenge, engage and motivate pupils
  • develops cultural capital across a wide range of contexts and experiences
  • ensures that all pupils make good progress irrespective of their starting point and those young people facing disadvantage are lifted from educational poverty

We recognise that to provide our young people with rich learning experiences in a range of contexts it is crucial to work in partnerships with others. Expertise often lies beyond the school and learning opportunities are regularly planned with partner organisations including, statutory and voluntary organisations as well as employers and charitable organisations.

Curriculum Offer

Towards the end of Year 9, students and their parents/carers make choices about which courses they will follow in Year 10, leading to the Key Stage 4 examinations and assessments at the end of Year 11. Using prior attainment data and subject and pastoral staffs’ knowledge of the individuals they work with, each student is recommended for one of a number of pathways in Key Stage 4. Each pathway suggests which combination of courses students should consider for Key Stage 4. The Academy is able to offer a wide range of courses in Key Stage 4, leading to both GCSE and BTEC qualifications. Full details of these courses are in the options booklet which is distributed to all students and parents/carers during the course of Year 9. Whichever pathway and combination of courses an individual student chooses, all students follow the same core curriculum in Key Stage 4. This core curriculum consists of English, Mathematics, Science, Geography or History, Physical Education and LIFE and takes up 75% of curriculum time. All of the pathways available to students in Key Stage 4 lead on to further study in the Sixth Form. In December 2013 we were commended by Ofsted as an ‘Outstanding’ school.

EBacc

The Academy positively promotes the EBacc and plans to have the majority of students undertaking it by 2024

2022 = 113/302 = 37%

2023 = 206/300 = 69%

2024 = 286/298 = 96% (proposed)