Our Curriculum

“4. We want to transform the life-chances of our children by focussing on raising standards, particularly the basic life skills of literacy and numeracy as well as employability skills so that our students have the best possible start in life.”

Part of Outwood Grange Academies Trust Values Statement

Vision

We firmly believe that all children, irrespective of their starting point, are entitled to a broad and balanced curriculum. To that end, we are delighted to offer an innovative and knowledge rich curriculum, which enables any student within our academy to fulfil their potential and develop the all-important skills and qualities, which will serve them well in later life.

Our Key Stage 4 curriculum is run over Years 9, 10 and 11, rather than the two years (10 and 11) which were traditionally advocated. This additional year is one of the hallmarks of our curriculum. This, along with the permanent, supernumerary subject specialist directors of English, maths, science, humanities, modern foreign languages, computer science and the arts, who work across all the academies within the OGAT group, are key to helping teachers add the maximum value that we can to a child’s education.

Alongside these important subject specialists, we also deploy specialists in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and Attendance: regular attendance is critical to a child’s success.

We fully support the entitlement that students have to study the group of qualifications, which the government calls the English Baccalaureate (EBacc): a GCSE grade 5 or higher in one English, mathematics, two sciences, one humanities subject (geography or history) and a modern foreign language.

To allow students to spread the examination load in Key Stage 4, and help them achieve a balance in their studies, up to two non-EBacc subjects can be studied and taken at the end of Year 10. This early entry option also helps students prepare for the further examinations that they will take at the end of Year 11 and can often be a real turning point in a student’s education. Our highly flexible Key Stage 4 curriculum allows us to create personalised guided pathways for our students.

There will be the opportunity to have additional time for English or mathematics, for those who need it. We do this in the full knowledge that further and higher education, as well as many employment opportunities, require students to have attained a good level (GCSE grade 5 or higher) of literacy and numeracy.

Religious Education/SMSC

As part of our commitment to spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC), students study religious education within the academy’s Life programme. In addition to specific content delivered through the Life programme, students also experience SMSC across other curriculum areas. Life lessons also promote students’ personal, social, health and citizenship (PSHCE) development and understanding. For further information on our approach to PSHCE please see the OGAT Sex and Relationships Education Policy on the OGAT website.

British Values

For information about how the academy promotes British values, please click here.

Personalisation through Setting

As part of our commitment to ensuring that every student has the best possible chance of success, we personalise the learning provision for every student in the core subjects of English, maths and science by placing each student in a learning group that is appropriate to their ability. Every student will be stretched, challenged and supported through this personalisation of the curriculum.

Enrichment

Students are provided with opportunities to add depth to their learning and develop personal skills through a rich and varied enrichment programme. Students will have the chance to enjoy new experiences and consolidate their timetabled learning through this programme. Further detailed information on the opportunities available to students can be found in the academy’s Enrichment Brochure.

Years 7 and 8

During Years 7 and 8, students will study a broad and balanced curriculum which includes English, maths and science. Students will also study a range of expressive arts subjects, geography, history, religious education through the Life programme, computer science, technology subjects, a modern foreign language and physical education.

Years 9, 10, and 11

Students will start studying GCSE or equivalent courses in Year 9. These will include English (including English Literature), mathematics and science (which includes physics, chemistry and biology). Students will also study physical education and the Life programme.

During Years 9 to 11, students will study a variety of Guided Pathway courses. These courses will all contribute to the qualifications a student will gain over the course of Key Stage 4. The courses currently being delivered at Key Stage 4 are included in the table below.

Guided Pathways Courses

Guided Pathway Subjects (Y9)
(Some of the subjects will start / be offered from September 2018)

Option Maths – 5

  • Pearson Edexcel Level 1/2 GCSE Art and Design Fine Art
  • AQA Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Biology
  • Pearson BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Award in Enterprise
  • OCR Cambridge Nationals Certificate in Child Development Level 1/Level 2
  • AQA Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Chemistry
  • OCR GCSE (9–1) in Computer Science
  • Pearson Edexcel Level1/Level2 GCSE (9-1) in Citizenship Studies
  • AQA level 1/2 GCSE German (9-1)
  • GCSE (9-1)Design and Technology – Graphics
  • AQA Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Dance
  • Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Performing Arts – Acting
  • Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Engineering
  • WJEC Eduqas Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in English Language
  • WJEC Eduqas Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in English Literature
  • WJEC Level 1/2 Vocational Award in Hospitality and Catering (Specification A)
  • Level 2 Certificate in Food and Cookery
  • NCFE Level 1 Certificate in Food and Cookery
  • LIBF Level 2 Certificate in Financial Education
  • AQA level 1 /2 GCSE FRENCH (9-1)
  • GCSE Geography AQA Level1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Geography
  • Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in History
  • OCR Cambridge Nationals Certificate in Creative iMedia
  • Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Mathematics
  • WJEC Eduqas Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Media Studies
  • WJEC Eduqas Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Music
  • Pearson Edexcel Level 1/2 GCSE Art and Design Photography
  • OCR Level 1/2 GCSE (9-1) in Psychology
  • WJEC Eduqas Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Religious Studies
  • AQA Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Combined Science: Trilogy
  • AQA Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Biology
  • AQA Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Chemistry
  • AQA Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Physics
  • Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Statistics
  • AQA level 1/2 GCSE Spanish (9-1)
  • WJEC Level 1/2 Vocational Award in Sport and Coaching Principles
  • Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in Sport Science
  • AQA Level 2 Certificate in Further Mathematics

Post 16

16-19 Study Programme Requirements

All our Post 16 pathways are designed to provide structure and a challenging personalised learning programme. Every student in Years 12 and 13 will study a combination of academic and/or vocational qualifications that are linked to their future plans.

Students who embark on a study programme who do not yet have a grade 4 or higher (C or higher) in mathematics or English will be required to work towards the achievement of these qualifications as part of their programme.

The pathways that students follow will maximise progression opportunities onto the next stage of their education, employment or apprenticeship.

Qualifications

The following qualifications are currently delivered in Years 12 and 13:

  • AQA Level 3 Advanced GCE in English Language
  • AQA Level 3 Advanced GCE in English Literature B
  • WJEC Eduqas Level 3 Advanced GCE in Media Studies
  • AQA Level 3 Advanced GCE in Biology
  • AQA Level 3 Advanced GCE in Chemistry
  • AQA Level 3 Advanced GCE in Physics
  • AQA Level 3 Advanced GCE in Geography
  • BTEC Level 3 National Certificate in Sport
  • BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Sport
  • A Level GCE Physical Education
  • AQA A Level Mathematics
  • AQA A Level Further Mathematics
  • OCR Level 3 Certificate in Quantitative Reasoning (MEI)
  • Pearson Edexcel Level 3 GCSE Advanced Art and Design Fine Art
  • Pearson Edexcel Level 3 GCSE Advanced Art and Design Photography
  • AQA LEVEL 3 Advanced GCE in Spanish
  • AQA Level 3 Advance GCE in Dance
  • EDEXCEL Advanced GCE in Drama and Theatre Studies
  • Pearson EDEXCEL Level 3 Advanced GCE in Design and Technology
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care
  • AQA Level 3 Advanced GCE in Business
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Business
  • AQA Level 3 Advanced GCE in Sociology
  • AQA Level 3 Advanced GCE in Psychology
  • OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Certificate in IT
  • OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma in IT
  • OCR A Level in Computer Science
  • OCR Level 3 Advanced GCE in Law
  • WJEC Eduqas Level 3 Advanced GCE in Religious Studies
  • AQA Level 3 Advanced GCE in German
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Applied Science

For further information about our curriculum, please contact Richard Larder, Vice Principal, Deep Experience.