The Curriculum

Years 7 to 11

The core areas of our curriculum are English, Maths and Science – on which students spend over half of all lesson time.

Beyond these core areas, students enjoy a broad curriculum covering creative and practical subjects to develop a truly wide range of knowledge and skills.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8)

  • Humanities – History, Geography and Religious Studies
  • Spanish (some students also study French, Latin or Turkish)
  • Art and Design Technology – Art, Textiles, Resistant Materials and Food
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Coding
  • Physical Education

Key Stage 4 (Years 9 – 11)

Students continue with core subjects (English, Maths, Science), Spanish, History or Geography, and Religious Studies. They then choose two option subjects from:

  • Business Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • Fine Art
  • Food Preparation and Nutrition
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Textiles

Oracy and Literacy

We believe that being confident and articulate in both private and public speaking is an essential life skill. To encourage students to acquire and improve their speaking abilities, the Academy has a very strong focus on oracy.

Students learn to speak standard, formal English with clarity and confidence, inspiring each other to enjoy and explore language through debate, public speaking, drama and recitals.

In Year 7 students also take part in two guided reading sessions (Read, Lead, Succeed) every week. Grouped by reading age, and led by a member of staff, students review literature, challenging and inspiring them to develop their oracy and literacy through reading and discussion with their peers.