The curriculum at Padgate Academy aims to encapsulate the ‘greatest things ever thought and said.’ We believe that the students within the community deserve access to the knowledge and skills that will best allow them to play a role as global citizens in the 21st century.
We believe that we have a duty to help every young person develop as a whole person, fulfil their potential and contribute towards a future built upon the social and economic well-being of every individual, the local community and the wider world. Put simply, the provision of an outstanding curriculum is the single most important thing we can do to raise standards and aspirations, unlock potential and drive social mobility.
The Academy curriculum is at the heart of our strategy to deliver our core aim of ‘First Class Teaching’. The curriculum sits at the heart of all we do and has been carefully planned by each department to deliver the granular and disciplinary knowledge our students need to learn. Subjects have also planned exposure to topics, research and characters that shape society locally, nationally and globally.
At KS3 our curriculum has been designed with the intent that our students have the opportunity to develop a rich and full knowledge base which will act as a stepping stone, benefitting them in later years. Subjects have carefully sequenced the topics to not only build on prior knowledge from KS2, but to continually deepen and broaden the key knowledge across years 7-9. Students are given the tools that they need to remember what they have learned so that they can gain a deeper, more fluent disciplinary knowledge in preparation for KS4.
Key Stage 3
The academic curriculum at Key Stage 3 (Years 7 to 9) has been carefully designed to successfully equip your child with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values which they will require to progress in their studies at Key Stage 4 and beyond.
The KS3 curriculum is designed to allow all students to experience a broad and balanced curriculum, which includes English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities, Languages, Expressive arts and Sport. Our students will study a range of subjects within these disciplines, thereby developing their academic knowledge and skills with the additional benefit for many students of nurturing their passion and enjoyment of their subjects, which they may choose to study further at Key Stage 4.
The KS3 and KS4 academic curriculum is strongly supported by a personal development curriculum, which focuses on the core concepts delivered within PSHEE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education) the RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) curriculum. Enabling students to not only acquire knowledge and skills relating to their academic studies, but also to develop your child by providing them with key life skills for the 21st century.
Key Stage 4
The Key Stage 4 curriculum seeks to provide students with a core suite of GCSE subjects, which will form the basis of their studies in Years 10 and 11. The core subjects are English Language and Literature, Mathematics, Science, Religious Studies and Core P.E (Non-exam).
The core subjects are supported by a series of optional subjects, at the academy students will have the opportunity to study three option subjects from a variety of GCSE and BTEC courses. The options available each year may differ based upon class sizes and timetabling constraints.
* As part of the academy’s performance indicators as stated by the DFE (Department for Education) all students will be required to study the core subjects and at least one other indicated by *
The Ebacc qualification – As part of the academy’s pursuit to provide a broad and balanced education for our students a number of students may study the Ebacc suite of subjects.
Students studying this suite of subjects will join an ever increasing number of students studying this suite of subjects (National aspiration for 90% of all students in England to be studying the Ebacc suite by 2025), providing them with additional prestige for further study, access to higher education and wider employment.
The Ebacc suite of subjects include:
Further details and guidance relating to the KS4 curriculum and selecting options will be presented to Year 9 students in the Spring term. Where a series of events will be held to support our students in making their choices.
The KS4 curriculum is supported by a personal development curriculum in a similar context to the offer at KS3, with the addition of CEIAG (Careers Education Information and Guidance) where dedicated careers support is given to the students to help them with their next steps. This may be further education, apprenticeships or employment and training.