Our curriculum in Years 7, 8 & 9 is designed to build on the range of activities that students have already experienced in their Primary school, while also introducing several subjects that they may not have studied before. We are very fortunate to have a range of purpose built facilities where our students have the opportunity to really challenge themselves and achieve their best.
We focus on skills, knowledge and understanding at the Academy in order to help students enjoy their learning and make progress throughout their time with us. As students move into Year 8, we offer the opportunity studyto specialise in certain areas as they begin to prepare for GCSE study. This might, for example, give them the chance to focus on Drama or Music, whilst not pursuing Art. Where possible we like to allow students some choice in their curriculum but also want to ensure that all of our students gain a wide experience of all the subjects on offer at our Academy.
In Year 7, all students study the following subjects:
Secondary education is no longer a five-year experience as all students now need to stay in some form of education or training until they are 18. Some will go to college, others take up apprenticeships and many choose to stay in the Academy sixth form to study for A-level subjects. Currently we offer over 20 subjects at GCSE and a similar number at A-level.
We also aim to ensure that all students learn how to put into practice our values of Honesty, Empowerment, Awareness, Responsibility and Trust. This takes place in tutor periods and also through our programme of personal, social and health education, which is mostly delivered through social and religious studies. This includes a programme of sex education appropriate to the age of the students. Parents who wish their child to ‘opt out’ of the elements of sex education not required by, for example, the science curriculum, should write to the Principal.