Curriculum: Overview

The curriculum will be aspirational and build on prior learning experiences. Individual targets will support the expectation that all students make maximum progress, with the acquisition of knowledge and cultural capital necessary for success in life clearly mapped and prioritised.  The curriculum will be coherently planned and sequenced to ensure students’ learning is both secure and sufficient for the next steps in future learning, and ultimately employment. 

The guiding principles of our curriculum are that:

  • it is both broad and balanced 
  • enables students to be successful, both in exams and more widely 
  • it is relevant to the needs of our students and appropriate to the context in which they are being prepared to succeed 
  • it develops the whole child, going beyond academic outcomes to encapsulate both ‘soft’ skills and desirable personal attributes, especially a growth mindset 
  • it encourages and lays the foundations for a life-long love of learning 
  • it has clear progression pathways from Key Stage 3 through Key Stage 4 and on to Post 16

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9) Curriculum Overview

In KS3 the curriculum will be broad and balanced, remaining true to our principles of giving students a wide range of experiences that are theoretical, technical, practical, experiential and aesthetic. The curriculum is organised around subject areas and students will study: 

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • History
  • Geography
  • French
  • Computer Science
  • RE
  • Art
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Design & Technology
  • PE
  • Citizenship
  • Cooking

Key Stage 3 Curriculum Allocation per fortnight 2020-2021
 

Subject

Number of Periods

Art

2

Cooking

2

Computer Science

2

Citizenship

1

Drama

2

English

8

French

3

Geography

3

History

3

Maths

8

Music

2

Physical Education

2

Religious Education

3

Science

7

Technology

2

Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11) Curriculum Overview

In KS4 we run a differentiated curriculum tailored to individual needs.  The compulsory core curriculum will ensure that all students have the knowledge necessary for future progression in education and beyond.  Beyond the core students will also have the opportunity to take 3 ‘option’ subjects of their choice. 

The KS4 core curriculum consists of: 

  • English (both Language and Literature) 
  • Maths 
  • Science (double) 
  • PE 
  • Religious Education 

Students can also choose: 

  • Facilitating subject options (from French, History, Geography, Computer Science, Triple Science, Community Language) 
  • Up to two further option choices (from Art, Drama, Music, Product Design, Physical Education, Digital Technology, Statistics)    

A small number of students may study a differentiated curriculum tailored on their individual needs. 

 


Key Stage 4 Curriculum Allocation per fortnight 2020-2021

 

Subject

Number of Periods

Education Beyond the School Day (ESBD)

English Language and Literature

10

 

French (Optional)

 

4

Maths

10

 

Physical Education (Not examined)

2

 

Religious Education

5

 

Combined Science

12

 

Option A

6

 

Option B

5

 

 

Key Stage 4 Options 2021-2023

We have arranged our options process to ensure all pupils are enabled to have access to work towards achieving the EBACC and study a broad-range of subjects through Key Stage Four leaving a wide range of options open to our pupils when they leave us at the end of the year.

Every Year 9 pupil receives guidance around their options choices through a meeting with an Academy Leader
and a parent/guardian. The role of the Academy Leader is to guide pupils and support them in making the choices right for them. Alongside this, our in-school Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance package support pupils with looking to their futures and tracking back to the GCSE options process.

SSA Key Stage 4 Options 2021 - 2023

Education Beyond the School Day Overview

At SSA it is our mission to give students access to the knowledge, qualifications, and wider experiences they need to develop to their potential and to participate in and make a positive contribution to society.  

We strive for all students to have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences, including those that are outside what is taught in the classroom, for example during lunch, after school and school holidays. It is our intent that, by providing these opportunities, students will develop as: 

  • Respectful and responsible members of society 
  • Happy and successful young people who seek excellence for themselves and others. 
  • Mentally, physically, and socially healthy members of society. 

Rationale 

Extra-curricular activities are an integral part of the ethos of the Academy. They provide students with an opportunity to enhance their learning, develop wider knowledge in real world contexts, their personal development, and their wellbeing. 

Extra-curricular activities should be planned as an opportunity to extend the students wider experience outside of the formal curriculum. These opportunities should be available to all students in all subjects and beyond. 

Aims  

  • Encourage students’ participation in a wide range of extra-curricular activities. 
  • Develop and encourage experience and expertise in areas not provided for within the formal curriculum. 
  • Provide opportunities for students to develop their performance skills through oratory, dramatic and musical performances. 
  • Provide opportunities for students to represent SSA at school, region and national level in a wide range of activities and sports. 
  • Encourage the positive use of leisure time by recognising and celebrating students’ achievements outside of school. 
  • Offer valuable opportunities for visits and residential experiences in a variety of extra-curricular areas. 
  • Encourage students’ social development by making a positive contribution to their community and wider society. 
  • Enhance the ethos and image of the Academy in the community. 

Outcomes  

  • A wide range of rich extra-curricular activities are available to all students. 
  • All students are actively encouraged to participate in a range of extra-curricular activities. 
  • Students’ experiences and achievements are acknowledged and celebrated. 
  • Clubs and activities are planned and published on a termly basis in the Academy newsletter to students and parents, the Academy website and displayed at every opportunity around school. 
  • Activities take place with due regard to Health and Safety requirements and the requirements of the Academy’s Educational Visits procedures. 

Possible Activities

  • Trips, visits and residential 
  • Those related to the curriculum such as Geography field trips etc. 
  • Those related to careers such as university visits and careers fairs etc.  
  • Those related to clubs and sports competitions etc.  
  • Drop Down Days
  • Activities and clubs  
  • Breakfast club  
  • Art  
  • Photography  
  • Modelling  
  • Music 
  • Drama  
  • STEM 
  • Reading and Spelling  
  • Debates  
  • Coding 
  • Keep fit   
  • Board games  
  • Gaming  
  • Book Club  
  • Revision  
  • Sports, competitions, and fixtures  
  • Duke of Edinburgh  
  • Campaigns  
  • Active citizenship 
  • Student Leadership 
  • Visiting speakers  
  • Charity work  
  • Saturday school