Curriculum Overview 2020-21

At Heath Lane Academy we believe that all children and young people are gifted and talented in their own unique way and that each is capable of being successful in their learning.  Working with the Midland Academies Trust we continuously strive for excellence within teaching and learning, supported by assessment processes, which enhance students’ life chances.

We prioritise the development of the whole person as part of an education for wisdom which will enable our students to make enriching choices for their lives, for themselves and for others.  Our aim is for our students to have respect for all, a depth of knowledge and understanding about their world and a commitment to make a positive contribution to their communities and nation, in addition to a love and a desire for further learning.

Curriculum Content

We recognise the importance of both the formal curriculum taught within lessons and the informal curriculum taught within the school day.  To this end we ensure that a full programme of cultural, sporting and artistic extra-curricular activities are available to all our students, together with study support and mentoring sessions.

Key Stage Three (Years 7 and 8)

Students study the following programmes over a 25 period week:

English 3 lessons
Maths 3 lessons
Science 3 lessons
Technology (including Design Technology, Textiles and Food)  2 lessons
Foundation (Art/Drama/Geog/Hist/MFL/Music/RE) 12 lessons
PE 2 lessons

Key Stage Four (Years 9, 10 and 11)

Students are guided through an options programme which offers a full range of GCSE and vocational courses.  The option structure will vary from year-to-year responding to national changes, students’ interests and logistical restrictions.  The structure will always enable students:

• To study 5 ‘EBacc’ subjects if appropriate

• To follow a vocational programme of study if appropriate

• To study a mix of academic and vocational courses if appropriate

• To specialise in a particular academic route if appropriate (e.g. 4 sciences)

• To achieve at least 8 GCSE (or equivalent) qualifications

In addition to the option subjects all students will undertake GCSE courses in the following subjects:

English Language

English Literature



Citizenship (RE Year 9)

Students will also continue to follow a programme of study in PSHE which will include sex and relationship education, citizenship education and careers education, and to undertake PE for at least one hour each week.

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