Curriculum

 

Ormiston Trust Curriculum Statement:

In all OAT schools, the purpose of the curriculum is based on our purpose as a Trust:
  • Teach – the curriculum sets out the knowledge and skills students are entitled to
  • Develop – the curriculum sets out how students will develop socially and emotionally
  • Change – the curriculum should be designed so that any student can excel, so that no one is disadvantaged
Our aims for the curriculum also support the OAT values, which are:
  • Anyone can excel – you don’t have to be exceptionally bright or naturally gifted in order to excel at something. We know hard work, determination and perseverance pay off.
  • Share what is best – just because something might be hard, it doesn’t mean it can’t be fun. We know it’s okay to face setbacks too – they can make you stronger.
  • Be inclusive – if you’ve done something or created something others would benefit from seeing or having, you should share it. We know our schools keep getting better when we all share what is best.
  • Enjoy the challenge – every child and adult should respect and accept that difference is normal, that everyone should be welcomed and included.
 

WOA Curriculum Intent

Our aim is to provide an excellent education for all our students; an inclusive education which brings out the best in all of them and prepares them for success in life. Our curriculum is designed to provide children with the core knowledge they need for success in education and later life, to maximise their cognitive development, to develop the whole person and the talents of the individual and to allow all children to become active and economically self-sufficient citizens. We are a family: a caring community, who support and work collaboratively in the best interests of every young person. Our curriculum is in response to and informed by the needs of our community. We will never shy away from inclusion; learning about diversity and equality is every young person’s right. Wherever possible, the curriculum is sequential and chronological, contextualising content to secure students’ understanding of how the small details form a part of the bigger picture and how it’s relevant. This helps students make links between their subjects, such as the crossover between history and literature, for example. The curriculum is progressive in quality and quantity across the years and key stages and mapped in detail. This ensures consistency and a shared understanding of high learning expectations. Our Curriculum is built on these three key principles:
  • Inclusive – We BELIEVE in every child. We believe that education is the key to opportunity and it is our duty to provide every child with the core experiences, knowledge and skills they need for success in life, while nurturing the talents of the individual. Our curriculum is built around the core principle of equality of access to a broad and balanced curriculum for all. We must ensure that all our pupils receive the opportunities and support they need to believe, achieve and succeed.
  • Aspirational – Every child can ACHIEVE their best. We believe that all children have the right to learn what is in the National Curriculum as a starting point, but challenge our subject specialists to create an ambitious programme of study that goes beyond this, and challenges students from their starting points, whilst also exploiting opportunity to enrich the taught curriculum through tapping into the wealth of cultural experiences locally and nationally.
  • Progressive – Provide the steps to SUCCEED. The WOA curriculum offer is a learning journey and as each student takes their steps along that pathway they should acquire new, increasingly more challenging, knowledge, skills and experiences. It is also progressive in its nature as it is forward looking and future focussed, responsive to the changing needs of society and alongside leaps forward in technology.

Curriculum Delivery

Years 7, 8 and 9 (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)
In Year 9 our students prepare for their KS4 options and pick one of our CR8 subjects from our Performing arts or Art, Design and Technology subjects to follow for two hours a week. 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 10 & 11 (KS4)

  In Year 10 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 10. 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
 

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 [email protected].