Our curriculum has been designed to ensure that all students can:
- excel academically.
- develop personally, morally, spiritually and culturally.
- provide the careers advice and guidance to enable all to aim to the highest possible aspirations.
We believe in differentiating our curriculum to meet the specific learning needs for all of our students. This can be easily seen at all stages. We continually review our subject offer to ensure that we can best prepare our students to meet the demands of future learning and employment, as well as responding to the direction set by national leaders in education.
As a Christian Academy, we offer a firm foundation based on our core Christian values of: Love, Peace, Respect, Reconciliation, Service and Justice. Alongside these, we are also focused on the recognised British values of: democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance. These are taught throughout the curriculum and in weekly assemblies. In addition, all of our students participate in weekly Extended Worship and LIFE lessons within their tutor groups.
‘This ethos permeates the school and contributes to students’ outstanding spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.’ Ofsted 2014
Year 7 and 8
When students join us we use a combination of Key Stage 2 SAT scaled scores in Reading and Maths and internal baseline assessment to place students onto one of three pathways: Foundation, Core, and Extension. On each pathway a curriculum is provided which is tailored to the key academic needs of those students. It is possible for students to move from one pathway to another throughout year 7 and 8 as required.
We operate a two week learning period at All Saints’ Academy. The hours allocated to each subject denoted below are therefore taught over that two week period.
Foundation Pathway: Students study English (9hrs), Maths (9hrs), Science (8hrs), Religious Education (3hrs), Physical Education (4hrs), Geography (3hrs), History (3hrs), Design Technology (Food and Resistant Materials) (2hrs), Music (3hrs), Drama (3hrs), and Art (3hrs).
Core Pathway: Students study English (8hrs), Maths (7hrs), Science (7hrs), Religious Education (3hrs), Physical Education (4hrs), Geography (3hrs), History (3hrs), French (4hrs), Design Technology (Food and Resistant Materials) (2hrs), Music (3hrs), Drama (3hrs) and Art (3hrs).
Extension Pathway: Students study English (7hrs), Maths (7hrs), Science (8hrs), Religious Education (3hrs), Physical Education (4hrs), Geography (3hrs), History (3hrs), French (4hrs), Design Technology (Food and Resistant Materials) (2hrs), Music (3hrs), Drama (3hrs) and Art (3hrs).
Year 9 - 11
From Year 9 onwards, our students will study a mix of core subjects and option subjects. The core subjects that all students undertake are: English (Literature and Language) (9hrs), Maths (9hrs), Science (Double Award or Single Sciences) (9hrs), Religious Education (4hrs) and Physical Education (4hrs).
When selecting option subjects students are placed on one of three pathways:
- Foundation Pathway: students on this pathway will follow a more Vocational program of study, alongside the core subjects.
- Core Pathway: students on this pathway will study a range of GCSE and Vocational courses.
- Extension Pathway: students on this pathway will complete the English Baccalaureate (Humanities, Languages, Computing)
Students will be allocated to a pathway based on their academic progress through year 7 and 8. To see the subjects and guidance available for each pathway please see our Options booklet: Options booklet. All Option subjects are allocated 5hrs per 2-week learning period.
Year 12 and 13
We provide a mix of A-level and Technical qualifications to students joining our sixth form. Students can opt to study a range of different course types:
- A-level subjects only
- A mixture of A-level and Technical subjects
- Technical subjects only
- Key skills programme for students who have not yet achieved level 2 passes in English and/or Maths.
Our students have a two week timetable as in other year groups. All option subjects have 10 hrs of teaching time in Year 12 and Year 13.
In addition to the main subjects studied in sixth form our students in Year 12 have the option to complete the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) at Level 3. Most of our students would select 3 subjects as well as the EPQ. Finally, we have a selection of students who are able to study 4 courses and where this is requested we support their efforts to do so.
Our flexible approach has resulted in an exceptional level of progress for all of our students in to Russell Group Universities, top apprenticeships, and exceptional employment opportunities. For more information, see our sixth form prospectus: Sixth Form Prospectus.
'The Sixth Form curriculum meets students’ needs exceptionally well to prepare them for their next steps in education, training or employment. They are given excellent guidance to make sure that they are on the best course for them. Students’ achievement in vocational subjects is outstanding. It has improved in academic subjects.' Ofsted 2014
A seamless curriculum
Our subject teams have improved the curriculum for 2019-20 to ensure that we have a challenging curriculum which meets the needs of all, and builds on the learning standards achieved by the end of KS2. Our curriculum plans can be seen on our website and make clear the learning intentions at each stage of our learning.
We have organised our curriculum to ensure that the requisite knowledge and skills are secured at each stage to enable success at the next. Our curriculum in divided in to 4 learning cycles, which comprise a period of new learning, a period of assessment and a period of response to diagnosed learning gaps.
All students are presented with a knowledge organiser at the start of a learning cycle. The knowledge organiser clearly sets out the key learning content for each subject during that learning cycle for students and parents to work with. The learning of this content, through varied teaching and homework approaches, is then assessed at the end of the learning cycle.
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