The goal in Years 7 and 8 is to equip students with a broad range of skills and knowledge.
The focus is to ensure that all students have the required skill levels in reading, writing and numeracy so they are prepared to access the broader curriculum at a level that is appropriate to their ability. This includes an intensive study of English, Maths and Science plus the learning of a Foreign Language, Humanities, Art, Music, Drama and PE.
There are up to 6 class groupings in Year 7 to enable teaching in smaller groups of no more than 20 students. This approach will ensure that the Academy will be able to meet the needs of all students, including providing intensive support where this is required.
In Year 8, and for the rest of their time at the Academy, students are in slightly larger class groups of no more than 24 students.
The emphasis in Years 9, 10 and 11 is on providing a core of basic subjects needed for future study and employment plus a diversity of choice to meet students’ individual interests and aptitudes.
The curriculum for older students ensures that all students are supported to achieve the English Baccalaureate (at a minimum English, Mathematics, Double Science, a Modern Foreign Language and a History or Geography subject). The students will be then guided to select further GCSE courses from Art and Design, Drama, Music, RE, Business Studies and Computer Science. These subjects are taught to GCSE standards from Year 9. Students will typically study for up to 11 GCSEs.
In Year 10, there will be an opportunity to undertake a programme of volunteering or possible internships with local businesses. The aim for the students will be to understand the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to acquire for the world of work and to aim high in terms of the jobs to which they might aspire.
There will be a customised programme for each student to help them succeed in whatever career they choose.
We believe that engagement in a wide range of enrichment activities not only gives students a valuable breadth of experience but also helps to achieve greater success in the core GCSE subjects.
Therefore, particular emphasis will be placed on enrichment opportunities that will be an integral part of the curriculum, not an add-on.
Students will be both supported and challenged to explore and develop their creative talents through Sport, Music, Dance, Drama, Art and Design. All students will be given the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument.
There will be many opportunities for both performance and display that will encourage students to take responsibility for presenting and celebrating their achievements.