CurriculumStatement

 

Our curriculum provides pupils with an engaging, positive learning experience and prepares them well for the next stage of their education. It is highly inclusive and provides pupils with the knowledge and skills to ensure lifelong learning.

The curriculum includes every learning experience pupils have throughout their time at the Academy. This is provided through lessons but also through our programme of assemblies, extended learning days, visits and journeys and the enrichment programme.  We provide a curriculum offering equality of opportunity whilst stretching the most able and supporting those who experience a barrier to learning.

The Key Stage 3 curriculum operates throughout Years 7 and 8 and prepares pupils so they are confident to start their Key Stage 4 courses in Year 9. Pupils choose a bespoke curriculum pathway at the end of Year 8 which is tailored to their strengths.

The Key Stage 4 curriculum offers a broad and balanced curriculum which has clear progression onto Post 16 studies and beyond. The subject areas which are within the curriculum for the 2017 option process (grouped as per National Curriculum entitlement areas) are:

 

Humanities    History, Geography, Religious Education (compulsory)
Arts   Art & Design, Photography, Music
Design   Food & Nutrition, Design & Technology
Languages   French
Health related   Health & Fitness, Health & Social Care
Other   Business Studies

 

Many of our pupils choose to stay at the Academy for their Sixth Form studies and there has been a large increase in pupils successfully achieving a place at University.

From 2017 Southampton Football Club will be delivering an elite football programme alongside the more traditional courses, and vocational subjects such as Hairdressing and Health and Social Care.

During lessons there is a common language for learning and pupils have a good understanding of how to perform well. Our lessons are structured so that pupils become great learners and everything we do is based around our 3Ps: Prepare, Participate and Perform.

Pupil’s skills in reading, writing and numeracy are a focus for the whole curriculum. Lexia and Catch-Up are used with pupils who may need to accelerate these skills and all pupils join in collective reading every week. Pupils are supported well to gain the skills to complete extended writing in each subject area.

Lessons are each one hour in duration. Pupils have five lessons per day and the timetable operates within a two week timetable.

Extended learning days provide pupils with an opportunity to extend their learning in a different setting or in blocks of greater than one hour. There are four extended learning days across the academic year. Our aim for these days is to provide memorable experiences through visiting local and national cultural sites and to encourage the development of cross-curricular activities.

Visits and journeys take place mainly on extended learning days but there is also an annual international visit to a place such as Prague, Berlin or Paris. Younger pupils have the opportunity to experience a residential visit in the UK which is great for team building and developing social skills. Pupils can also complete their Duke of Edinburgh qualification which provides a wide variety of additional skills.

Careers education, advice, information and guidance makes a major contribution to preparing young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.  

A planned progressive programme of activities supports pupils in choosing 14 – 19 pathways that suit their interests and abilities, and help them to follow a career path, and sustain employability, throughout their working lives.

The overall wellbeing of our pupils is supported fully through physical, mental and spiritual aspects of the curriculum, often in PSHCE lessons. In addition we have an optional ‘drop-in’ at lunchtimes every day and have achieved the Healthy Schools Status.