Curriculum Intent

Each department has its own intent which sets out the overall intent of all they try to do. It is fed by the ethos and vision of the Academy as a whole. It is the responsibility of the leadership of the school to set the overall vision which infuses the work of the whole curriculum, visible and hidden, to achieve the overall purpose of

the school. As a trust this is something we have in common with other Academies in the trust whilst at the same time, recognising our community also requires something tailored.

A Community School which transforms lives

  • We are conscious that are a Community School and as such there are some overall intentions we share in our daily endeavours, namely;
  • Transform and raise the aspirations of the community through the rich encounter of their children and young people with education and learning.
  • Develop resilience and ‘grit’ needed to overcome the obstacles
  • Create young people who value and thrive in each other’s company because it is infused with kindness, generosity and the personal skills to manage differences, tension and conflict.
  • Develop citizens who are hungry to use their voice and influence in politics, industry, business and family life for the common good of the planet.

A school committed to equality

  • Ensure that students who desire ‘a seat at the table’ have the opportunity to develop the necessary ambition, confidence, functional skills, personal attributes, cultural capital, learning and leadership skills which will enable them to meet standards and overcome any barriers to their progression.
  • Develop our young people and staff community into a community that is consciously aware and actively dedicated to equality and diversity.

An IB MYP School

  • The IB Framework for KS3 is part of this intent and is expressed here:
  • To develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect
  • Active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
  • Learners in this ‘environment’ strive to be … inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open minded, caring, risk takers, balanced and reflective

The Academy is divided into eight faculties, covering the national curriculum in a way that personalises both learning and the way we monitor and support each child.

Expectations for good attitudes for learning are high and every student will be expected to complete homework assignments. With a strong emphasis on literacy and numeracy, students follow a three year key stage three allowing for a two year period leading to GCSE and vocational qualifications. The specialisms of mathematics and business and enterprise help support achievement across the curriculum.

A sixth form that will grow to 300 students allows for progression and a broad offer of courses. Care, support and guidance are high priorities.

Parents receive progress records each half term to ensure that every student receives the level of support and challenge that they need to be successful.

The Academy will promote participation in sport and the arts and ensure that a full range of clubs activities and teams are available in the ‘extended day.

Your Option Choices

Compulsory Subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • PE (Core)
  • PSHE
  • Religious Studies

Vocational Subjects

  • Business Studies
  • Health and Social Care
  • Information and Creative Technology
  • Performing Arts
  • Sport
  • Travel and Tourism

GCSE Subjects

  • Art and Design
  • Business Studies
  • Citizenship
  • Computer Science
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Food
  • French
  • Geography
  • History
  • Media Studies
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Physical Education
  • Product Design
  • Spanish
  • Textiles