Our Curriculum Intent

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 pupil 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

All subject areas within the Academy have a teaching programme that ensures pupils are given the opportunity to achieve their potential whilst expanding their knowledge and understanding. All department members, under the leadership of the HoD, are aware of the reasons behind the organisation and structure of their GCSE courses. For example; why certain topics precede others as necessary to build skills/knowledge or in response to examination unit feedback and data. The content delivered to pupils is differentiated as appropriate (RAGB) and preceded by “What and Why” to ensure pupils understand what content they are learning and why it is relevant to understanding the bigger picture. Where possible, departments liaise with the teaching of cross-curricular content to ensure a consistent approach.

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.