Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Curriculum Structure

Our curriculum is structured with a focus on a broad and ambitious academic and vocational curriculum throughout Key Stage 3 and 4. As a commitment to that breadth and ambition, we intend that at least 85% of students follow an EBacc curriculum. Beyond the EBACC, we highly value the arts and other subjects, ensuring that all students study music, drama, art, RE and PE in as much depth and for as long as possible, throughout Year 7, 8 and 9. Students can then choose two or three of these subjects for GCSE.

In Year 7, all students study English and Maths for five hours per week, ensuring that every student has strong foundations in literacy and numeracy. Students who enter the academy below the expected level in reading, writing or maths, have additional support in these areas in order to support them catching up with their peers.

In Year 8 and 9, all students increase the amount of time that they History and Geography while continuing to study all other subjects.

In Year 10 and 11, almost all students study nine GCSEs. All students study English, Maths, Science, Core PE and PSHE. Almost all students additionally study French and either History or Geography. In addition to these compulsory subjects, all students choose two or three option subjects from the list below.

Subject

Year 7

Hours per week

Year 8 and 9

Hours per week

Year 10 and 11

Hours per week

English

5

4

4

Maths

5

4

4

Science

4

4

4

French

2

2

3

Almost all students study French

History

1

2

3

Almost all students study history or geography

Geography

1

2

RE

1

1

3

Students choose two or three of these options

Music

1

1

Drama

1

1

Art/Technology

2

2

Triple Science

 

 

PE GCSE

 

 

Arts Award

 

 

iAchieve

 

 

Core PE

1

1

1

PSHE

1

1

1

Enrichment

1

ICT, Debating and Mixed Sports on rotation.

1

Student choice