Curriculum Offer

We have a well-constructed curriculum, tailored to meet the needs of our learners and address social disadvantage on many levels.  Our aim is to ensure that every student, irrespective of personal need can access all aspects of the curriculum.  Students who need additional support to achieve this, receive it through a range of bespoke interventions designed to remove any barriers to learning or participation.  This is essential to overcome the deficit that many students face compared to other students nationally.  As a result of our broad, inclusive curriculum, the number of pupils who are NEET has reduced to zero and the number of pupils progressing to Further Education College and sixth form has increased to 96% in 2018, a record high.  We continue to develop our offer, with resistant materials, food technology, textiles, art, graphics, ICT, life/citizenship/RE/RSE, dance, drama and music taught in Key Stage Three alongside our core, PE and Ebacc subjects.  In Key Stage Four we offer an extensive range of technical, vocational and academic subjects that allows every student to pursue their individual area of interest or career pathway.  We are very keen to expand this provision and have added performing arts to the option list this year.  We also offer art, textiles, graphic design, photography, creative media, hospitality and catering, sports science, sports studies and statistics.  The key stage 4 option process takes place over a number of weeks and includes detailed presentations from each subject area as well as a comprehensive parental consultation.  This ensures that students make the right choice, reflecting their individual strengths and areas of interest.  All the subjects are equally well represented, underlining the academies objectivity towards the option process.  Alongside these accredited subjects we also deliver a number of optional curriculum opportunities which reflect the needs of the local community.  These include; LIBF Award in Financial Education and a personalised learning pathway for our most able pupils.  This gives students broader exposure to the skills and qualities required to excel at university.