Our curriculum in years 7-11

Key Stage 3

During year 7 to year 9 students are in Key stage 3. Pupils experience a broad and balanced curriculum. Pupils study English, Maths, Science, PE, Music, Art, Languages, Geography, History, Religious Studies, IT, Design and Technology and PSE.

Additionally, students that are new to the country and whose first language is not English will continue on a curriculum pathway with English as an additional language lessons designed to support students develop their English language acquisition skills.

Key Stage 4 Subject Choice: The Options Process

Between December and January students will receive information on the subjects on offer at Key Stage 4.

Pupils will be on 1 of 3 pathways designed based on their prior attainment and progress since starting at the Academy. The pathways for 2018-2019 are below.

Pupils will receive an options booklet with all subject information and there will also be an options evening for parents, carers and pupils to discuss the subjects with the subject teachers and students. Some of the subjects on offer will not have been studied at key stage 3 and therefore this forms an important part of the decision making process.

Attachment 1: Pathways for 2018-2019

Attachment 2: Draft- Guided options booklet for 2018-2019

Key Stage 4

During Year 10 and 11 students are in Key stage 4. Pupils will experience a core curriculum of English, maths, science and PE (non-examined). Students will select their option subjects in Year 9 and these will be studied until the end of Year 11. The options process is a guided process based on your child attainment data and students will select from a suite of subjects available to them.

All students will select a language and either geography or history as two of their options

Additional subjects that are offered and that students can select in Year 9 for study as part of their GCSEs are

  • Sociology
  • Religious Studies
  • Music
  • Art
  • Drama
  • Business studies
  • Computer Science
  • ICT
  • GCSE or BTEC Physical Education
  • BTEC Health and Social Care
  • A selection of Design and technology subjects

Additionally, for students that are new to the country and whose first language is not English will continue on a curriculum pathway with additional English as an additional language lessons designed to support students develop their English language acquisition skills.

Key Stage 5

When pupils join the academy they will complete two years of study in year 12 and 13 to prepare them for university or beyond. The Academy currently offers a range of subjects including resit English and mathematics. As the Sixth form expands we are continuously reviewing the subjects on offer and adding additional subjects for pupil selection.

The range of subjects currently offered is

  • A level Sociology
  • A Level Biology, Chemistry and Physics
  • A Level English
  • A Level History
  • A Level Psychology
  • A Level Religious Studies
  • A Level Economics
  • A Level French
  • A Level Business
  • A Level Art
  • BTEC Level 3 Health and Social Care
  • BTEC Level 3 Applied Science
  • BTEC Level 3 Medical Science
  • OCR Level 3 ICT

Guided Pathways 2018-19

Options Booklet 2018-19

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