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A High Performing Specialist Academy for Technology & Applied Learning

Curriculum

Please click here to view the KS4 Options subject introduction videos which feature our students.

We have designed our curriculum to be engaging and challenging for all students. The curriculum meets every student’s entitlement for Mathematics, Science, English, Technology, Languages, Physical Education, the Arts, the Humanities, Philosophy, Religion and Culture (PRC) and Personal and Social Education.  It provides the information and experiences necessary to enable our students to take a full and active role in society.  Students receive quality information, advice and guidance to support transition to further education and employment.

The curriculum is differentiated to cater for students of all abilities. It provides for the appropriate stretch and challenge at each stage. Above all, our curriculum promotes enquiry and achievement.

We are committed to promoting the study of the STEM subjects: Science, Technology, Mathematics and ICT as reflected by our spcialist school status in Technology.

Years 7 and 8

Students will cover the National Curriculum programme of study in the following subjects:

  • Art
  • Design and Technology
  • Citizenship
  • Drama
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Information Communication Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Foreign Language (French and Spanish)
  • Music
  • Personal and Social Education
  • Physical Education
  • Philosophy, Religion and Culture (PRC)
  • Science

In Year 7, students are taught in mixed ability groups for English, Science, PE, Technology, ICT, Humanities (Geography, History and RS) and the Arts (Art, Music and Drama).  During the first term, the tutor groups are divided into 4 bands and broadly set by departments for Maths and MFL.  In most bands there are 3 teaching sets.  Setting is based on KS2 achievement, testing on admission and attainment at Collingwood. There are regular opportunities for students to move between sets in Years 7 and 8.

Year 9

Year 9 is a transition year where students are introduced to the demands of GCSE with the aim of completing subjects over one, two or three years.

Students are given the opportunity to choose one of the subjects listed below to study intensively over one year with an external examination at the end:

  • Art
  • Engineering Technology
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Project
  • Spanish
  • Computer Science
  • Citizenship
  • Business
  • Technical Award in Sport.

They select two other option choices for subjects which they will complete over two or three years. Subjects on offer are:

  • Art, Craft and Design
  • Children’s Care
  • Citizenship
  • Computer Science
  • Creative iMedia
  • French
  • Geography
  • History
  • ICT
  • Media
  • Photography
  • Physical Education
  • Spanish
  • Sociology
  • Technology: Catering, Graphics, Electronics and Control, Engineering, Resistant Materials and Textiles

Core subjects are:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • PE
  • ICT
  • Philosophy, Religion and Culture (PRC)
  • PSHE

All students continue to study ICT.

Year 9 students will select a further two option subjects to complete in Years 10 and 11.

Years 10 and 11

All students complete GCSE English and GCSE English Literature at the end of Year 11.

The most able mathematicians have the opportunity to  study Additional Mathematics alongside the GCSE and both examinations will be taken at the end of Year 11.

All students will complete their IT and RS qualifications at the end of Year 10 and are able to select from a range of enrichment courses in Year 11. The majority of these courses are non-examined.

In Science, the majority of students are following a GCSE Combined Science pathway which will lead to two GCSEs.  A triple science route is available for the most able.

Technology courses are completed at the end of Year 11.

Option subjects are generally mixed ability and completed at the end of Year 11.  There are a wide range of traditional GCSE subjects as well as Applied GCSEs, OCR Nationals and BTECs.

Please click here for a list of our KS4 curriculum subjects.

Please click on the appropriate year group to view our Curriculum Booklets for information on setting:

Year 7
Year 8
Year 9
Years 10 and 11

Sixth Form

We have a broad range of academic and vocational subjects on offer in the Sixth Form.  Most students generally study the equivalent of 3 A Level subjects, although the most able students may take 4 subjects. 

Please visit the Sixth Form area on our website for more details.

 

Curriculum Information