Curriculum

We offer rich learning opportunities. Building upon our close liaison programmes with partner Primary Schools, we continue to develop firm foundations in the basics of literacy, numeracy and computer skills, so that all young people can benefit from a broad, enriched curriculum and wide range of opportunities.

This Academy provides a purposeful learning environment which young people respond to and enjoy: we are committed to sustaining an Academy in which individuals representing diverse cultures and experiences instruct one another in the meaning and value of community and in the joy and importance of lifelong learning.

Our curriculum is designed to be flexible to allow for personalised learning. All students in Lower Secondary (Years 7, 8 & 9) follow a curriculum which fully prepares them for Upper Secondary qualifications which students complete in Year 11.

Please follow the link for additional information about the curriculum for Key Stage 3 and 4 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-secondary-curriculum

Key Stage 3 — Years 7 to 9

In Years 7 through to 9, we are absolutely committed to ensuring all students study as broad a range of curriculum subjects as possible.

Mathematics, English, Science, Art & Design, Drama, Music, History, Geography, Design & Technology, Computing, Modern Languages, Religious Education, Physical Education, Citizenship

Key Stage 4 - Years 10 and 11

Students can study at least 10 GCSE subjects in Key Stage 4. Students have some choice within learning areas, but all students are encouraged to follow a curriculum that is largely broad and balanced. Students currently follow a Core Curriculum: English, English literature, Mathematics, Statistics, Science, Religious Education, Physical Education, Citizenship, and Personal Development; supported by a range of GCSE subject choices in which students are advised and supported when making their choice of suitable KS4 pathways.                           

A number of students also pursue additional GCSEs by following extra-curricular courses after school provided and determined by demand year-on-year e.g. Astronomy, Italian, Spanish, Latin and Film.

For students who are more motivated by vocational learning, a range of alternative pathways are available including Vocational courses at Petroc and extended work-related learning opportunities.