Our mission is to develop an inspirational school which instils ambition and desire in young learners, opens their minds, widens their horizons and equips them to succeed in a challenging world. Therefore, the curriculum lies at the heart of our academy.
Our curriculum is broad, balanced and relevant to the needs of all our learners. It offers a range of personalised progression pathways and enables our learners to make rapid progress in both core and foundation subjects, whilst giving the opportunity to experience a wealth of other enrichment and extra-curricular opportunities.
Literacy for Life (L4L) is a special feature of Year 7 & 8 in our academy. It acts as a bridge between primary and secondary school, helping your child to make a success of secondary education and a great start in life. It’s run by a small team of teachers who really get to know the learners and how to help them progress. It teaches skills that learners can use across all of the different subjects – skills that they will use for many years to come. By teaching a series of interesting ‘themes’ or topics that children can relate to, L4L gives children an enthusiasm for learning. While studying each of these themes, your child will be getting to grips with skills such as reading, writing, understanding, mathematics, oracy (speaking confidently and expressively) and the use of technology.
Our curriculum model recently changed. Learners now benefit from a two year GCSE programme and a broad and rich experience in Years 7 to 9 which provides an excellent full and rich experience for them. We have a strong emphasis on English and Mathematics skills as the foundation for academic success, and we have introduced exciting new ways of teaching these critical subjects.
One of the many advantages of a broad and balanced curriculum for Years 7, 8 and 9 is that our learners will now benefit from an extra year before selecting their option subjects that they will study at GCSE. Learners will also be supported with first class careers advice and guidance in order to help them make their option choices. Year 9 is a vitally important pivotal year in which the Character Education Programme will be introduced as part of our
offer. This programme has been designed to develop learners’ communication skills and consequently, prepare them for studying at GCSE level and their future careers.
Learners choose their option subjects in the spring term of Year 9 and this process enables learners to decide what subjects they want to follow at GCSE level, which begins at the start of Year 10.
Prior to learners making their option subject choices they are given key information about all of the subjects available to them through a series of assemblies with subject specialists. Parents are also invited in to an Information Evening where key information about the pathways process is given by a member of the academy’s Senior Leadership Team.
Some learners will require additional guidance to help them make appropriate choices. We will ensure that one to one meetings are available if requested for Parents/Carers and learners.
We are proud of our curriculum offer which, when combined with high quality teaching and learning, enables all of our learners to flourish.