Academic Year 2016 - 2017
In addition to the statutory National Curriculum subjects we provide opportunities in: Art & Design, Business, Childcare, Drama, Dance, Health & Social Care and Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHEE). We aim to give our pupils an education of quality that is diverse, exciting, challenging and meaningful.
As pupils enter the Academy, they are provided with a curriculum that is carefully matched to their prior academic achievement.
Those who are currently working at a level below secondary ready are provided with additional support, carefully matched to their needs, with the aim of bringing them up to age related expectations as quickly as possible, in a supportive and nurturing environment. They may go on to study Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 qualifications in Years 9 and 10. This cohort will also follow a themed curriculum, emphasising literacy and numeracy skills and delivered, in part, by their tutors in Years 7, 8 and 9.
As pupils develop skills at different rates, they may be transferred to the most appropriate learning cohort within the Academy at any point.
Selected pupils working at below expected levels in English and Mathematics will be further supported, in order to focus on Literacy and Numeracy development.
The tutor-led time will follow a themed approach, with an emphasis on improving Literacy and Numeracy skills.
PSHEE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education) will be delivered within the themed approach, in collaboration with a range of external providers, including the Health service and local business.
Key Stage 4 Provision
A strong theme emphasised throughout the Academy is Education for life in the adult world. Thus Careers, Enterprise, Health, Work Experience and the Work Related Curriculum, Economy and Financial Management is delivered through an extensive programme of Citizenship and PSHEE, which has specific timetabled lessons in all Years, which concentrate on IAG and progression.
In Key Stage 4 all pupils develop an Action Plan for their future, supported by the Careers Advice service, identifying skills, experiences and qualifications they will need to follow for their chosen career. The Academy uses the local area prospectus and common applications procedures to aid progression post 16.
All pupils take core subject examinations at GCSE level by the end of Year 11. Foundation subject GCSE’s and vocational qualifications are taken as appropriate to individual pupils in Years 10 or 11. By the end of Key Stage 4 all pupils will have followed qualifications, leading to at least 8 GSCE equivalents.