Curriculum Overview

Key Stage 3

The curriculum at Key Stage 3 (Years 7 to 9) has been carefully designed to successfully equip your child with the knowledge and skills that they will require for success as they move into Key Stage 4.

During Key Stage 3 students experience a broad and balanced curriculum which includes English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Religious Studies, a Modern Foreign Language, Art, Design, Computer Science, PE, Music and Drama.

Key Stage 4

Having experienced a wide range of subjects in Key Stage 3, students are carefully supported in making their option choices in Year 9.

‘Progress 8’ is a new measure that has been introduced by the Government for students who will sit their GCSE examinations from September 2018 onwards.  This new measure means that in Key Stage 4, students will be expected to study English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Science, Geography and/or History and in addition most students will be encouraged to study a Modern Foreign Language.

Our students will make their option choices from a suite of other subjects on offer which could include GCSEs in Drama, Music, Art and Design, BTEC courses in Sport, Hospitality & Catering, Travel & Tourism or i-Media from Cambridge National.


Homework is an important part of Academy life and all students are expected to complete it regularly.  If problems arise then we would ask you to contact your child’s Form Tutor, Learning Coach or Head of Learning. 

Attainment Targets

Your child’s progress is carefully assessed and monitored throughout their time in the Academy.  The national expectation is that your child’s progress is measured against their performance at the end of Key Stage 2. 

Challenging but realistic target grades are set for students using national data alongside the professional judgement of teachers.

Targets are reviewed during the year to ensure that they remain challenging for students who are making excellent progress.  If a student is identified as not achieving their full potential, a

range of interventions and support will be planned in order to get them back on track.