Our Curriculum Intent

At Manor Croft our overarching intent is to ensure that every student irrespective of background or circumstance leaves the academy with the skills, qualities, cultural capital and crucially the qualifications needed to successfully move on to the next stage in their learning or training journey.  We are proud of the fact that all learners, especially those deemed disadvantaged or with an SEND need achieve outcomes above those from non-disadvantaged backgrounds nationally.  They are inspired to apply for and attend higher level courses at post-16 which undoubtedly will lead to better career prospects later in life.  The CEIAG guidance and experiences received during their five years with us are highly aspirational, meaning they are better educated about the options available to them.  This has resulted in a higher proportion of students attending the most prestigious 6th form institutions, studying level 3 courses,  as well as for the first time in recent history 0% of students deemed NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training).

We are passionate about our desire to provide students with the cultural capital needed to understand the modern world and to play an active and productive role within it.  We are striving to ensure that all aspects of our curriculum are intrinsically linked to ‘real’ aspects of their local community, so that the knowledge and skills learnt in the classroom have a tangible connection to the world they experience.  This includes a multitude of off-site visits, talks and workshops from local organisations and specific connections made through the classroom experience.  As we broaden our curriculum at KS4 with a greater range of options available and lengthen KS3 to three years the exposure our students get to these life changing interactions will only continue to increase.   


  Our curriculum

  • is sequenced to enable pupils to build their knowledge and skills over time
  • provides deep, sustained and valuable learning for all pupils, including those with SEND
  • provides opportunities to develop levels of literacy and numeracy across all curricular areas
  • promotes opportunities across the curriculum for the development of good student health and well being
  • recognises the importance of digital literacy and provides opportunities for the development of

the skills pupils need to function safely and responsibly in a technological world

  • provides a range of academic, technical and vocational courses which challenge, engage and motivate pupils
  • develops cultural capital across a wide range of contexts and experiences
  • ensures that all pupils make good progress irrespective of their starting point and those young people facing disadvantage are lifted from educational poverty