Curriculum

Having already been adapted to focus on objective led learning, all elements of our KS3 curriculum have now also been mapped against the National Curriculum to ensure breadth, depth and opportunity. Our ‘Choices Programme’ in Year 9 has been used to bridge the gap between KS3 and KS4, however, from Sep 2020 we shall implement a full 3-year KS3 which will allow full National Curriculum coverage, with opportunity to master and go beyond it. Furthermore, we believe this will enable us to develop and exploit opportunities for cultural capital so that we can address the barrier of “poverty of opportunity” which too many of our students face and which holds them back from achieving their potential.

 

Our current Y9 students will continue with their option pathways as planned into Y10 and Y11 – 3 main subjects and an additional vocational qualification (linked to local need i.e. retail & media).

Years 7 & 8 (KS3)

We have a very broad KS3 curriculum covering 12 subjects, meeting all the national curriculum requirements. This is taught in 25 hours of contact time each week.

The curriculum includes:

  • English – including English mastery
  • Mathematics – including maths mastery
  • Science
  • Two Modern Foreign Languages (MFL), French and Spanish
  • Humanities – History, Geography and Religious Education
  • Performing Arts – Drama and Music
  • Art, Design an Technology
  • ICT
  • Physical Education
  • Smart Start (Literacy, Numeracy, CEIAG, PHSE, SMSC)

For students who are behind in their chronological reading age, additional support is provided through withdrawal to enable them to rapidly catch up.

An additional after-school enrichment programme includes a range of sporting activities, music, drama, community languages, amongst others. There is daily support for homework in the LRC.

Years 9, 10 & 11 (KS4)

In Year 9 students begin to specialize to provide them with the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the subjects they will choose to study to GCSE level. They will mainly embark on the examined course at the start of Year 9. This curriculum is taught in 25 lessons each week, each lesson lasting 1 hour.

All students must study the following:

  • English – Literature and Language
  • Mathematics
  • Science – Core and Additional Science or Triple Science – Biology, Physics and Chemistry
  • Humanities – History or Geography
  • Physical Education – No external examination

Optional Subjects:

  • Languages – French, Spanish and Latin
  • Additional Humanities – Religious Education and Ancient History
  • Performing Arts – Dance, Drama, Musical Theatre and Music
  • Art, Design and Technology – Art, 3D Design, Photography, Textiles, Hospitality
  • ICT
  • Media Studies
  • Vocational – Business Studies, Retail, Travel & Tourism, Health & Social Care, Childcare, Animal Care
  • Sport and Fitness

Alternative Pathways to GCSE

We offer a range of pathways to GCSE to meet the specific learning needs of our students but to enable them all to be highly employable:

  • Believe Pathway – Students who will complete MFL and a Humanities subject. Some of these students may complete Triple Science. (approx 25%)
    • This pathway enables EBacc achievement.
  • Achieve Pathway – Students who will complete double science, and either MFL and/or a Humanities subject (approx 68%)
    • This pathway enables EBacc achievement.
  • Succeed Pathway – Students who will complete double science and a Humanities subject (Approx 7%)

As important as academic achievement is the development of the personal and social skills needed for living in modern British Society is equally important and we hope that by careful choice and sound advice our students will achieve both.

If you wish to discuss the curriculum further, please contact Mr Wagstaff, Vice Principal via Myk.Wagstaff@woacademy.co.uk.