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. The curriculum is designed to give all pupils the opportunity to develop as enquiring individuals who feel valued and respected, so that they, in turn, learn to value those around them.
Our aims are that:
Thorp Academy operates a two-year Key Stage 3. 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. We believe that this broad and balanced curriculum allows students to fully develop their literacy and numeracy skills as well as developing their inquiring and creative minds.
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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. Students will start studying GCSE or equivalent courses in Year 9. These will include English Language, English Literature, mathematics, science (which includes physics, chemistry and biology). Students will also study physical education (BTEC Sport) and the Life programme (Non-examination).
During Years 9 to 11, students will also study a variety of Guided Pathway subjects. These subjects will all contribute to the qualifications a student will gain over the course of Key Stage 4.
In December 2010, the Government introduced the English Baccalaureate or EBacc for short. This is not a qualification in its own right but a suite of qualifications that are gathered together under the same umbrella. At Northern Education Trust, we fully support the entitlement that students are able to study this group of qualifications. To achieve the full EBacc students must achieve a GCSE grade 5 or higher in one English, mathematics, two sciences, geography or history and a modern foreign language. These subjects in addition to English, maths and science will be studied over three years and examined at the end of Year 11.
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.
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 Northern Education Trust (NET), 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.
Throughout our three-year Key Stage 4 there will also be further opportunities to have additional time allocated for GSCE English and/or mathematics. We do this in the full knowledge that further and higher education, as well as many employment opportunities, require students to have attained at least a strong pass which is considered to be a GCSE grade 5 or higher in English Language or Literature and maths.
The curriculum at Thorp Academy aims to support the highest level of achievement for all students.
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