KS3 Curriculum (Year 7 & Year 8)
During KS3, students will be provided with a balanced curriculum that aims to best meet their individual needs. Students’ needs will be assessed and they will be provided with additional Maths, English and Science lessons where necessary to enable them to make the best possible progress.
The academy KS3 curriculum is designed to ensure that students maintain their progress through transition, to build their confidence through personal and spiritual development and to equip students with the skills to make them successful lifelong learners.
We have a dedicated transition team who ensure that the students will join Year 7 knowing the academy staff, they will be familiar with the academy site and confident that their parents understand the ambition that the academy has for their progress and development. The relationships between the Primary staff and the academy staff will mean that student prior attainment, including strengths and weaknesses, will be understood and can be built into personal learning and lesson plans. The transition visits will give academy staff first-hand experience of the standards students are achieving and, give them confidence in setting ambitious targets for progress
The academic ability of individual students is determined by students performance in lessons and in the standardised, externally marked, Progress Tests for English, Maths and Science, that the students are entered for in September and April (Year 7) and June (Year 8).
Students are placed in sets. Setting is separate for English, Maths and Science; other subjects are set together. Technology subjects work on a rotation basis so that students experience each subject during the year. Students in Year 7 have a dedicated hour lesson a week of Literacy.