To prepare young people for further education opportunities and employment; setting them on a path to a positive destination.
A blended curriculum offer
Academic study in the form of GCSEs and entry level qualifications
Vocational qualifications suitable to the needs and potential career pathway of the individual
Personal development supported by qualifications
CEIAG and employability skills development including work experience which can be as often as weekly as part of their timetable for all year 11s
Pupils leave with the knowledge, skills and qualifications that take them on to a positive destination.
Pupils maintain a positive destination after leaving the academy.
Pupils have secured the expected numeracy and literacy skills to successfully transition into the next stage of adult life.
At Key Stage 4 all pupils can follow an academic programme, with work experience as mandatory from September 2022 embedded into weekly Y11 timetables. Some pupils may have a bespoke timetable which provides more of a work related learning journey with off site Vocational AP. Timetables are planned with bespoke options to meet pupil need. Year 10 pupils can also access work experience and off-site AP depending on their pathway.
We aim for all pupils to develop their core skills of English and Maths and be functional in society when they leave our academy.
At the core of the curriculum is personal development and planning for post 16. The curriculum components are explicitly taught via weekly timetabled lessons in PSHRE, Citizenship, Food Technology and Futures. Futures includes careers education, finance and ICT digital skills. We feel that our Futures curriculum will help our pupils develop vital skills to aid their position in the world when they leave our academy in year 11. PSHRE includes; relationships, health & sex education, mental health and wellbeing; tolerance and diversity; and the global community.
The academic offer enables pupils to access core subjects at GCSE level. We also offer GCSE equivalents and courses for those pupils who are working at pre-GCSE level. Pupils are able to leave the school with 5 GCSEs, including those in English and Maths.
All pupils work towards a qualification in English, with the majority of pupils accessing the full AQA English Language GCSE. l. Where a young person cannot access the GCSE, they will work towards achieving an entry level English qualification.
As with English, all pupils work towards a qualification in Maths, with the majority of pupils accessing the full AQA Maths GCSE. Again, where a young person cannot access the GCSE, they will work towards an entry-level maths qualification.
Most pupils follow the AQA Science Trilogy GCSE and achieve 2 grades in GCSE Science. An entry-level Science qualification is available for those who are unable to access GCSE level content. From September 2022 we will be moving to offer single Biology to enable pupils to study a wider range of accredited qualifications. Year 11 pupils who have already started the trilogy in year 10 will continue with the Trilogy. From Sept 2023 we will only deliver Biology.
Pupils will study towards AQA GCSE Art and Design.
Pupils will work towards achieving AQA Food Preparation and Nutrition GCSE.
Non GCSE Curriculum
Physical activity and education is made available to pupils on a regular basis. PE usually takes place on sites. Pupils also have access to boxing through an external commissioned company once per week. Some pupils access sports provision whilst off site in vocational APs.
The personal development curriculum comprises: relationships, health & sex education (RHSE); mental health & wellbeing; tolerance and diversity; substance misuse and safeguarding. The personal development curriculum is delivered through discreetly taught topics and through cross-curricula and wider curriculum links. Accreditation will be through the ASDAN Short course from September 2022 in PSHE. All pupils will have one lesson per week of PSHRE.
Futures comprises of 3 elements: careers, finance and digital skills. All pupils will have one lesson per week of Futures and they will be able to achieve an ASDAN Short Course in careers and experiencing work and the Pearson Essential Digital Skills qualification.
All pupils will have one lesson per week of Citizenship to develop their education around being a positive law abiding member of society. They will be able to achieve an ASDAN Short Course in Citizenship.
Should you wish to find out more about the curriculum that our academy is following, please contact David Marlow (Deputy Headteacher – Quality of education) who will be able to provide you with the relevant information.