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Curriculum Statement

The curriculum is the principle means by which the aims of the school are achieved. It includes all of the lessons, activities and experiences planned and delivered by the school within the timetable and outside of lessons.

Our curriculum aims to provide the best quality education for all our students so that they become:

  • Successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve
  • Confident individuals who lead safe and healthy lives
  • Responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society

Through the curriculum we aim to help pupils to develop their full potential academically, spiritually, physically and emotionally with the aspiration to make a full and positive contribution to the society in which they live.

We believe the curriculum in our Academy should be:

  • Broad and balanced – our students should be able to develop intellectually, creatively, socially and physically
  • Inclusive, boost self-esteem and raise aspiration – it should motivate and develop students as rounded citizens
  • Relevant and prepare students for the future – all students should develop good literacy, numeracy and problem solving skills and be equipped with the knowledge, skills and understanding to achieve as highly as possible.

Spires Academy students should leave us well prepared for further study or employment in the Global marketplace.

As an Academy we do not have to follow the National Curriculum but have chosen to base our curriculum largely on it.

Structure

The curriculum is currently delivered through a two week timetable of 58 lessons, each lasting for 50 minutes.

In Year 7 and 8 subjects studied enable students to experience, practice and develop a wide range of knowledge, attitudes and understanding.  All students have a comprehensive education that allows them to develop personal strengths and talents.

The lessons consist of:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Geography
  • History
  • Ethics (RE)
  • PE
  • Art
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Food and nutrition
  • Design Technology (from sept 2017)
  • Computing

In English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography and French students are set according to student needs and abilities.

In Year 9 they continue to follow a strong core entitlement but can opt for areas of strength.  This enables student to fully prepare themselves for the increasingly demanding GCSE qualifications.  We are developing a rich options framework incorporating high quality academic and vocational programmes.

There is a core curriculum of:

  • English
  • English literature
  • Mathematics
  • Science (Dual Certificate)
  • History or geography
  • PE (non examined)

Within the option blocks we have courses in:

  • Separate sciences
  • French
  • Art
  • Music
  • Media
  • Drama
  • Dance
  • Sport
  • Catering
  • Business
  • Health & Social Care
  • Citizenship
  • Ethics
  • Performing Arts
  • IT/Computing

We also have opportunities to gain experience in:

  • Construction
  • Hair and Beauty

Dependent on their academic ability students will be guided to a pathway, all high ability students are expected to study the full Ebacc.  The decision is taken in consultation with students and parents.  Future career interests are also taken into consideration.

Across the Academy PSHE which includes access to British Values and Sex and Relationship Education is delivered in tutor time and via themed days.