Our curriculum is personalised and challenging. Whether a student needs to be stretched, or is struggling, we always work to inspire the best in them.
In years 7 and year 8 we set the most able students into a top group. The remaining students are placed into mixed ability teaching groups. This gives us the option of challenging the most able whilst still ensuring all students are appropriately supported. These groups are reviewed regularly to ensure that all students are correctly placed.
In years 7 and 8, there is a very well-rounded selection of subjects with an extra focus on maths and English. From their first year at the academy, students also study science, history, geography, RP and Spanish. Other subjects include design & technology, computing, art, drama, music and PE.
We have a three-year Key Stage 4 (Years 9 – 11). This helps students to be as well prepared as possible for the rigors of the new GCSEs currently being introduced. Our students complete three rounds of mock examinations in addition to completing regular GCSE question practice in lessons.
In line with our academy specialism, all year 9 students follow an additional vocational qualification in business and enterprise. This gives students a greater breath of subjects for when they apply to sixth form, college and/or university, and enables them to develop vital skills of teamwork, leadership, managing time and resources, as well as using ICT. The business and enterprise course gives students the opportunity to develop significant entrepreneurial skills as they consider case studies and apply their learning to suggest how businesses could improve their effectiveness.
When our students choose their GCSEs in Year 8, they take their first step on the path to university and a career. We guide them to make good decisions early on about their education and understand what they need to do in order to achieve their ambitions and aspirations. We fully prepare our students to be able to begin A Level courses by Year 12 as strong, independent learners.
Throughout Years 7-13, students who need extra support receive it in small group and/or one-to-one sessions. There is additional challenge provided specifically for our ‘Most Able’ students through the Most Able Programme. In Year 11 additional lessons are provided during the Twilight programme. This programme takes place three evenings per week and provides students with additional teaching and coaching during the critical last year of Key Stage 4.
Key Stage 3
Students in Years 7 and 8 have 30 periods of 50 minutes per week in the following subjects. Each subject is allocated appropriate curriculum time in the timetable:
Key Stage 4
Students in Years 9 and 10 have 30 periods of 50 minutes per week and Students in Year 11 have 33 periods of 50 minutes:
Business (Year 9 only)
Details of Option Subjects at KS4
We offer a wide range of subjects at GCSE. We encourage the majority of students to follow the EBACC pathway. We complement this with a range of practical, arts and vocational options.
Here is an example of our year 8 options booklet.
This offer is reviewed annually and issued to year 8 students each spring. We reserve the right to adjust the offer each year as appropriate, but this booklet gives an accurate representation of our typical provision.