Curriculum

Our Vision:

Where every member of our extended family realises their God-given potential, inspired by John 10:10. Jesus said “I have come so you may have life in all its fullness.”
- John 10:10

is the lens in which we ensure that every member of our extended family realise their God-given potential through a broad curriculum that meets the individual needs of all our students. 

Our Curriculum Intent

Our curriculum has been designed to ensure that all students can:

  • develop personally, socially, morally, spiritually, and culturally;
  • excel academically;
  • receive the most aspirational careers information, advice, guidance, and experiences to help them achieve and have Life in all its fullness.

Inclusivity is at the heart of our curriculum, enabling us to meet the specific learning needs of all our students. This is deliberately planned into all learning stages with a rich knowledge and skills base for all. A flexible and adaptable approach to teaching and supporting each student (differentiation) ensures success.

The careful design of our curriculum, from the selection of subjects we teach to the timings of the Academy day, are all routed in the desire to fulfil our Vision. Furthermore, as a Christian Academy, we teach, demonstrate and celebrate our core Christian values of: Love, Peace, Respect, Reconciliation, Service and Justice explicitly every day. Alongside these, we recognise the importance of the British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance. These are taught throughout the subject curriculum. Additionally, all our students participate in and lead, where appropriate, daily extended worship, weekly assemblies and PSHE lessons (Life Programme) within their tutor groups. Our careers, information, advice and guidance programme meets the Gatsby benchmarks, ensuring a thorough support for students at each stage of their learning.

We regularly review our curricula to ensure that we can best prepare our students to capitalise on future learning and employment opportunities, as well as responding to the direction set by national leaders in education. In all subjects our teachers explore opportunities to enrich the curriculum with activities, both in and out of the Academy, providing students the opportunity to develop the cultural capital, which they may not be able access within the family home. We have forged effective partnerships with Cheltenham College, the Cheltenham Educational Partnership and other organisations to facilitate this for the benefit of our students and staff.

Our curriculum has been personalised in response to the local career and training opportunities in areas such as the Cyber sector (relating to GCHQ and The Golden Valley Development). Additionally, we have placed sustainability and the environment at the heart of our curriculum as we seek to educate our students to act locally, nationally and globally so that they can impact on the awareness of future climate change for all to have Life in all its fullness on God’s earth.

In Key Stage 3 our curriculum is broad, enabling our students to strengthen their core subject foundations while also introducing and developing knowledge and skills in the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) subjects. This is complemented by a wide range of sports, creative and performing arts subjects.

In Key Stage 4, which commences in Year 9, we continue our broad curriculum, with all students following the Core subjects of Mathematics, English (Language and Literature), Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Additionally, all students study Religious Education, Sports Studies and a further three subjects of their choice from a wide selection of EBacc, computing, business, creative design, art and performing including vocational subjects. This ensures that all students have access to the full EBacc and that we challenge all to aspire to achieve the highest possible academic outcomes.

In Key Stage 5, we maintain our breadth of offer with courses suited to all abilities. We are a proudly inclusive, with students able to study solely A level courses or Level 3 Vocational courses, or a mix of both. We offer Level 2 courses to those who are not yet ready for Level 3 and even offer the flexibility of progressing from Level 2 to Level 3 courses over 3 years where appropriate. Enrichment of the curriculum in Sixth Form includes opportunities for work experience within the timetabled week; personal skills development, the Extended Project Qualification, and Duke of Edinburgh Award.

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