Curriculum

Curriculum – Learning in the Acorn (primary)  For more information relating to the curriculum in the Acorn please contact Mrs E Mignaud, Primary Phase Leader

Curriculum – Secondary  For more information relating to the curriculum please contact Mr S Jones, Vice Principal.

RECEPTION

Students who join the Academy in Reception are based at the Acorn, our state-of-the-art building.  This year we have students in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.  The vast majority of our students achieve a Good Level of Development from their time in Reception, with their Key Stage 1 curriculum based upon mastery and enquiry.  There is an entitlement for every student from the Acorn to move up to the main school at the end of Year 6.  However, our all-through approach to the curriculum ensures that students form the Acorn and the main school benefit from working together through the Year 5 to 8 curriculum.  Individual subject staff are already working with the Acorn staff and students, all benefitting from cross-phase collaboration.

KEY STAGE 3

Students in Key Stage 3 are taught a broad and balanced curriculum.  With an unashamed focus on the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science, this curriculum will lead our students to achieve excellent results, not only at GCSE but Post 16 studies.  All Year 7 students study French, Religious Studies, Design and Computing Technology, Art, History, Geography, Physical Education (PE), Drama, Music and Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE).  Provision for ICT is excellent and it is taught across the curriculum with computer coding taught in carousel with Design Technology.  We have extensive sporting facilities on site including a sports hall and gym, multi-user games area, grassed sports pitches as well as outdoor cricket nets and athletics facilities.  All students are able to study a musical instrument in school and we have a bursary scheme for those in need of financial support.

KEY STAGE 4

Our Key Stage 4 curriculum provides opportunities for all students to succeed in line with their academic targets, prior attainment, progress and future aspirations.  The curriculum includes a range of subjects which keep career paths open and provide breadth, depth and enrichment.  We accept that not all courses are accessible to, or suitable for, all students therefore ‘options’ are presented as ‘Guided Curriculum choices’.  We offer a range of KS4 qualifications to help every student gain self-worth and a sense of achievement, from GCSEs to BTEC courses.

We support every student to move on to appropriate Post-16 course with the vast majority of our students moving on to the Cabot Learning Federation’s Post 16 college or Digitech.