Curriculum Statement

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.

To provide the best quality education for all our students so that they become:

  1. Successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve
  2. Confident individuals who lead safe and healthy lives
  3. 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 aspirationit should motivate and develop students as rounded citizens
  • Relevant and prepare students for the futureall 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 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.

In Year 9 they continue to follow a strong core entitlement but can opt for areas of strength.  We are developing a rich options framework incorporating high quality academic and vocational programmes.

Our curriculum model is currently in transition as the Academy adjusts its offer to ensure it maximizes student potential given the recent changes to the National Curriculum and qualification framework.  From September 2015 it is expected that the curriculum will look like:

Subject

Yrs 7 & 8

Yrs 9

Yrs 10 & 11

English

9

10

9

Maths + Stats

9

10

9

Science

6

7

7

PE + Dance

6

6

4

Ethics

2

3

3

French

4

2

 

 

Computing (IT)

4

2

 

 

History

4

Hums Opt

4

Hums Opt

5

Geography

4

Art

3

 

 

 

Music

2

 

 

 

Drama

2

 

 

 

Food & Nutrition

2

 

 

 

Life skills (PSHE)

1

2

1

Opt A

 

4

5

Opt B

 

4

5

Opt C

 

4

5

EBacc Opt

 

 

5

 

In September 2015 we will be introducing a life skills course for all students taught by a dedicated team.  (Previously, this has been delivered by form tutors). This will ensure a more focused and planned provision to promoting student wellbeing. It will be based on the core themes of:

  • Health and wellbeing
  • Relationships
  • Living in the wider world

 

After GCSEs there are three main pathways to choose from

  • Academic: e.g. A Levels (offered at local schools and the college)
  • Work-based: e.g. Apprenticeships (learning on the job but also with a learning provider)
  • Vocationally-related: this could be through a 'vocational subject' related to a broad employment area such as business, IT, health and social care, or through a 'vocational course' that leads to specific jobs such as hairdressing, professional cookery or plumbing

Spires Academy suggests the following pathways:

GCSE Grade Indicators

Pathway

GCSE A*/A/Bs

(APS 46+)

Academic Level 3 Pathway

  • A levels (SLGGS)
  • Advanced Level Apprenticeship

Leading to University; Higher Level Apprenticeship or Employment

GCSE B/C/Ds

With Grade C in English

(APS 34+)

Mixed Academic/Vocational Level 3 Pathway

  • BTEC/A Level (Spires Academy)
  • Vocational related Course
  • Apprenticeship (Intermediate/Advanced)

Leading to University; Higher Level Apprenticeship or Employment

GCSE D/E/Fs

(APS 26+)

Vocational related Pathway

  • BTEC (Spires Academy)
  • Vocational related course
  • Retake maths & English
  • Intermediate Apprenticeship

Leading to Level 3 qualifications (A Levels/BTEC/NVQ); university access course; Advanced Apprenticeship or Employment

GCSE E/F/Gs

(APS 16+)

Vocational-related Pathway

  • Vocational related course at Level 2 (Canterbury College)
  • Retake maths & English
  • Intermediate Apprenticeship
  • Traineeship

Leading to Level 3 qualifications (A Levels/BTEC/NVQ); university access course; Advanced Apprenticeship or Employment

 

If a student is predicted to gain A*/A/Bs at GCSEs we would recommend A levels at our partner school Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar School.  Approximately 8 to 12 students transfer from us each year and go on to have a very enjoyable and rewarding Sixth Form experience.

At Spires Academy we offer Applied Academic and Vocational Pathways. 

The blocks of study (time will be roughly equivalent to a day a week) look like:

A

B

Core Skills

aDditional

Enrichment

 

Specialised Study

BTEC Level 3 course

Equivalent to 2 A levels

 

English/Maths Retake

 

Financial Awareness

 

Study Skills (EPQ)

 

Other qualifications

 

 

 

BTEC L3 Extension

(3 A level equivalent)

 

AS/A Level

 

Work Experience

 

Community Service

 

Sport Training

 

Life Skills

 

As a small school with a distinct 6th form we are able to tailor our courses to our students, therefore our offer will depend upon what our students would like to study. 

However, it is likely to include the following:

Vocational Area

Qualifications

Enrichment

Additional Quals

Football Academy

  • BTEC National Diploma Sport & Exercise Sciences

 

  • FA Coaching/Ref Awards

Football Training

 

Strength & fitness development at local Gym

 

A/AS levels in:

Applied Science

Core  Maths

Sociology

Psychology

 

 

Opportunity to mix & match BTEC where appropriate eg Sport & Business Management

Equestrian Academy

  • Recognised Qualification in Horse Management (eg BTEC National Diploma or similar)

Work Experience based at local stables

Business Management, IT & Computing Academy

  • BTEC National Cert/Diploma in Business
  • BTEC National Cert/Diploma in Enterprise & Entrepreneurship
  • BTEC National Subsidiary Diploma in IT

Work Experience at local business

Children’s Play, Learning and Development Academy

  • BTEC National Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Development

Mandatory Work Experience of 750hrs over the 2 yrs (to include 3 early yrs settings eg nursery; pre school; infant school)

Art & Design Academy

  • BTEC National Diploma in Art & Design

Work with local artists eg

Goldsmith; Photographer etc

 

Parent Assessment Booklets

 

Year 7 Parent Assessment Booklet for all subjects

Year 8 Parent Assessment Booklet for all subjects

Year 9 Parent Assessment Booklet for all subjects

Year 10 Parent Assessment Booklet  or all subjects