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Curriculum

Our broad curriculum meets the needs of students of all abilities and aptitudes. Our curriculum offers a strong focus on personalised learning and learning pathways. Each learning pathway allows students to learn at the right pace for them, with continuous assessment of progress and support to maximise attainment. In addition to their academic subjects, all students will experience a range of lessons and activities on Personal Health and Social Education (PHSE), citizenship, careers and healthy living.

Curriculum:

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 4

Key Stage 5

 

Key Stage 3

(Years 7 and 8)

At Key Stage 3 we provide a broad range of subjects for our students to follow. This ensures students are well prepared for the subjects they may choose to study at Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5. Students follow distinct learning pathways depending upon their personal needs to ensure everyone is able to reach their full potential. The emphasis for Key Stage 3 is on developing the core skills and academic understanding which will enable students to be confident, successful learners in the future.

All our students will study the core subjects of English, Maths, Science, Computing, Philosophy and Ethics, Physical Education and Technology (Food Technology and Design & Technology). In addition our students will be offered offered a wide range of additional subjects including Humanities (History, Geography, RE ), Modern Languages(Spanish),  Art, Textiles, Music and Drama. Students will be encouraged to take part in extension activities including vocational opportunities and personal development courses for example, dance/sport leadership and the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Assessment

Assessment for Learning takes place on a daily basis throughout all lessons. It is embedded in classroom activities tailored to suit the needs of all students; teacher, peer and self-assessment of class and homework; valuable and constructive feedback; and challenging and stimulating lessons. Formal (or summative) assessment takes place every half-term when your son/daughter will be given a formal assessment of their learning (this may be in the form of an end of topic test, a task designed to test their knowledge of a particular topic or an APP commonly used in English, maths and science).

Recording

Your son/daughter’s attainment is logged and tracked by classroom teachers and Learning Leaders on a weekly basis. Your son/daughter’s assessment levels are centrally collated and a Progress Report will be sent to you after this data is collected.

Reporting

You will be sent a Progress Report each term which will state your son/daughter’s target and current levels in all subjects. It will also state an effort level and what their attendance is. You will be sent an End of Year Report which will provide more detailed feedback on your son/daughter’s attainment this year. There will also be an opportunity for you to meet subject teachers and discuss your son/daughter’s attainment on an individual subject level.

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Key Stage 4

(Years 9, 10 and 11)

The curriculum is designed to meet the needs of all students. Certain subjects are known as the core. These are compulsory and will be studied by all students.

There are an additional range of options that students need to select from. Some of these options are from the English Baccalaureate suite of qualifications and others are from the Open suite of qualifications. These will include a range of GCSE and vocational options.  The curriculum is split into three pathways: Yellow, Blue and Green. Your child has been instructed which pathway they have been assigned and their potential options are indicated below.

For students who wish to pursue a more academic route, the subjects highlighted in green should be considered. Choosing some of these would provide a solid foundation for progression to study A Levels and continued education at university. The subjects highlighted in blue would allow for a mixture of academic and vocational courses and allow flexibility on future career paths. These subjects would be ideal for those students who wish to undertake studies that provide a good preparation for the world of work and/or future post 16 vocational study. Core PE is compulsory for all students but there is no formal accreditation associated with it.

 

Subject

         Yellow       

Blue

Green

CORE Subjects

English Language GCSE

English Literature GCSE

Maths GCSE

Combined Science GCSE

Compulsory

Compulsory

Compulsory

Ebacc Options

History GCSE

Geography GCSE

Computer Science GCSE

Spanish GCSE

Students must select Spanish and either History or Geography 

Students can select any 2 subjects from this block

Students are not expected to make choices from this block

Open Options

Design & Technology

Engineering Vocational

Food Preparation and Nutrition

Religious Studies GCSE

Sport & PE Vocational

Art GCSE

Music Vocational

Computer Science GCSE

ICT Vocational

Health & Social Care Vocational

Business Vocational

History GCSE

Geography GCSE

Travel and Tourism Vocational

Spanish GCSE

Dance Vocational

Performing Arts Vocational

Students can select any 3 subjects from this block

 

Please note:

 

History and Geography can be selected from this block if not selected previously

Students can select any 3 subjects from this block

 

Please note:

 

History, Geography, Spanish and Computer Science can be selected from this block if not selected previously

 

Students can select any 2 subjects from this block

Additional

Core PE

Compulsory

Compulsory

Compulsory

Life Skills

 

 

Compulsory

Vocational Experience

 

 

Compulsory

*All students in the Academy also follow a program of activities to help them track and improve their academic performance and experience a broad range of activities including RE, PSHE, CEIAG and Enterprise etc.

Key Stage 4 Options Pack February 2018

Key Stage 4 Options Evening Presentation

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Key Stage 5

(Years 12 and 13)

NDA16+

Students are able to make the smooth transition from Key Stage 4 to Key Stage 5 within the academy.  Our sixth form offers both traditional A Level subjects and vocational courses that allow students to achieve the qualifications needed to access the most prestigious universities and highly competitive careers. Sixth formers learn in a mature and responsible environment which allows them to develop their personal skills, confidence and aspirations.

For further information about our sixth form offer please see our NDA16+ section.

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