Curriculum Principles

  • The new academy curriculum and enrichment curriculum are founded on our key aims:
  • Enabling all pupils to ‘be the best they can be’
  • Ensuring all pupils have access to the best pathways through their education to help them progress into the very best further/higher education and employment
  • Working with and for the local community and being a ‘beacon of excellence’ for the local area
  • Equipping our pupils with the education, skills and training for both the local and national employment needs
  • We will provide an aspirational and personalised curriculum for all learners which sets out clear pathways into appropriate further and higher education or employment, utilising the expertise and support of our sponsor North Warwickshire and Hinckley College.
  • In providing this personalised, pathways approach we will ensure an appropriate curriculum is available for all learners, such as SEND, CLA, G&T, Pupil Premium and EAL. Every pupil will complete at least 8 qualifications at Level 1 or above.
  • In enabling all students to ‘be the best they can be’ we will provide clear guidance and support whilst recognising the need for a flexibility of approach, allowing students to combine and switch across different pathways.
  • Students in year 8 will be able to select two option choices to commence some personalised study from the beginning of year 9. This will provide opportunities for both breadth and depth of KS4 study enabling teachers to provide the context and wider learning essential for success at KS4 as well as enabling opportunities for consolidation of learning.Personalised Options
    1. We have created a more personalised curriculum enabling students to specialise in engineering, technology (STEM), The Arts, humanities, Sport, pick up a second language or take a more broad and balanced approach at Key Stage 4 and a more versatile and attractive offer at Post-16 that can take advantage of the pathways offered beyond KS5 within the learning group (See appendix 1).
    2. At Key Stage 4, the ‘pathways’ strategy for ensuring students are able to access the ‘essentials’ in the core curriculum (with additional literacy and numeracy support for the small minority dis-applied from languages or PE) will maximise the number of students attaining good or better progress. For the vast majority of students, the EBACC curriculum provides compulsory entry into EBACC subjects with the enhancement curriculum providing the final option for securing a broad spread of qualifications or additional specialism/aspiration as well as securing outstanding progress 8 and attainment 8 performance for the academy.
    1. Graduation processes will support the curriculum in year 9 by providing pupils with the experience to complete Entry level Science qualifications, Level 1 or 2 Personal Finance/Work Skills qualifications.
    2. Higher attaining pupils will be offered the graduation process of completing additional qualifications in GCSE Statistics and Further Maths Level 2 in year 10 and year 11.
    3. BTEC Sport will be offered to all pupils at Level 1 & 2 during the duration between year 9 and year 11 depending upon individual and personal need

    By maximising the specialist pathways within the learning group at KS4 and KS5 we can create a breath of subjects to meet the needs of the core curriculum and ensure that pupils access a wide spectrum of vocational subjects including: Engineering, Construction, Hair & Beauty, Health & Social Care, Food Technology, Performing Arts, Music Technology and Life Skills at level 1 (See appendix 2).

Spiritual, moral, cultural, social options



  1. Religious studies is offered as part of the core curriculum in year 7 and year 8 and us then offered as an option choice for all pupils. Pastoral and extra curriculum programmes offered the pupils opportunities such as D of E, Enterprise, etc.
  2. Work experience is an integral part of the KS5 curriculum and is personalised to meet the needs of individuals.
  3. Adult and community education will start in September 2016 with GCSE Maths and English working with NWHC0

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