Curriculum

New Curriculum Structure – Yr 7-11

We are shifting from a two-week timetable to a one-week timetable and from 30 lessons per week to 25 to enable greater in-depth study and subject mastery.  Throughout Yr 7-11 we operate a Red and Blue Band timetabling structure, with students assigned for either Red or Blue Bands for particular subjects. There are more students in Red Band than Blue Band to personalise learning programmes.

KS3 – Yr 7 and Yr  8

When students join the Academy it is important that they have a wide variety of experiences to develop their love of learning and build the foundations for KS4.  The curriculum is broad and balanced to ensure that students enjoy a rich variety of opportunities supported by academic and practical skill enhancement. 36% of lessons for Year 7 Red Band are in the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science. 40% of lessons for Blue Band are in the core subjects, with an extra English lesson added to promote rapid improvement in student literacy. Year 7 students all take French and Spanish to expose them to different cultures as well as language opportunities that can serve them well for life.  With two dedicated hours of core PE and Global Education, student wellbeing is at the forefront of our Year 7 curriculum as they adapt quickly to life at secondary school.

We maintain the same breadth of study and experience for our students in Year 8. 40% of lessons for Red Band are in the core subjects of English, Maths and Science. 44% of lessons for Blue Band are in the core subjects with an extra English lesson added to promote rapid improvement in student literacy as in the Year 7 model. During the Spring term, Year 8 students will be guided towards making their choices for KS4 study to commence in Year 9.

KS4 – Yr 9-11

In Years 9 and 10, we operate the same curriculum model with students benefitting from an increased 48% of lessons in the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science. In addition to core PE and recognising the importance of technology in the lives and futures of our students, all students study Computing for 2 lessons per week. Students then choose either Geography or History plus two further options to study for three hours a week. This remodelled and streamlined curriculum enables in-depth study and subject mastery. For example, instead of spending only 8% of their curriculum time on each of their Humanities and Option subjects, they are now spending 12% of their curriculum time on these subjects.

The curriculum model for current Year 11 recognises that our students have already completed over 50% of their KS4. Therefore, we have minimised changes to the curriculum model. In the change of the school day and the re-timetabling, however, students are now spending an increased 48% of their time in core subjects. Alongside English, Mathematics and Science, all students take core PE, computing and either History or Geography. They are continuing with their three chosen option subjects from Year 10 unless they have chosen to study Philosophy & Ethics instead.

These changes in our curriculum structure will mean that students have a tighter focus on their chosen subjects. This positions them effectively for achieving highly at the end of their KS4 studies.

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