September 2013 has seen the launch of our exciting new curriculum:
· In Years 7 and 8, students follow The Development Stage Curriculum
· In Years 9 to 11, students follow The Qualifications Stage Curriculum.
· In the Sixth Form, students follow The Advanced Stage Curriculum.
This exciting new curriculum shows that, as an Academy, we embrace change if we are convinced that the change will lead to significant benefits for our learners. Indeed, the main benefits of this new curriculum can be summed up as follows:
Under the current Government, there is an ongoing review of qualifications. This has been characterised by a move towards more rigorous, academic curriculum, with a greater focus on formal examinations.
Therefore, starting examination courses at the start of Year 9, and having 3 years of study, allows more time and space for the increased challenges of final examinations to be addressed through in-depth, engaging and enjoyable learning.
By following the Academy Curriculum, our young people will have more time and space to:
- Gain a real depth and breadth of subject-specific knowledge, understanding and skills.
- Formally learn and practise revision and examination techniques in GCSE lessons in a more thorough and integrated way.
- Spend more time practising examination questions and doing mock exams etc.
- Experience enrichment activities such as visits and guest speakers, which will help to consolidate, broaden and deepen learning in an enjoyable way.
It is important to note that starting examination courses in Year 9 does not mean that students are expected to complete their courses early so that they can go on to the Advanced Stage prematurely. Rather, we endeavour to ensure that the extra curriculum time is fully utilised to help students gain the very best grades possible in an increasingly challenging educational climate. Therefore, schemes of work have been re-written in all subjects to ensure that the above points are addressed.
Based on a substantial amount of research, it has been argued that a 3- year Key Stage 3 is too long, and that students are ready to move on to examination courses well before the end of Year 9.
Also, research has shown that there is a greater sense of pace, purpose and urgency in a condensed curriculum because students are now expected to make two levels of progress in 2 years instead of 3 and are pushed to develop the skills and learning habits required for the Qualifications Stage.
Development Stage Curriculum
Qualification Stage Curriculum
Advanced Stage Curriculum