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Curriculum Overview

At Central Academy we have an aspirational curriculum which is broad, balanced and dynamic. Our aim is to ignite within our students the self-belief to meet their potential.

At Central Academy we follow a thirty period timetable, with six x 50 minute lessons each day. This enables us to have a balanced amount of curriculum time for English and Mathematics and maintain a wide range of subjects. In addition, there is a 20-minute tutor period at the end of each day.

We pay particular attention to the core skills of English, Mathematics and ICT, however we are keen to ensure that students develop the essential skills and qualifications they need to reach their full potential. This means accelerating the more able students and giving extra support to those who need it. Our curriculum meets all the requirements of the National Curriculum and other statutory subjects.

In Key Stage 3 all students follow the same wide range of subjects, before beginning their GCSE courses in Year 9.

For Years 9, 10 and 11, our students can opt to study a full range of GCSEs or combine their core GCSEs with other qualifications in more applied or vocational subjects. Our curriculum at this key stage is aimed at preparing students for the opportunities available to them post-16, whether that is further study, training or employment.

Our post-16 curriculum offers a wide range of subjects and enables students to follow either an academic pathway, vocational pathway or a combination of the two.

Key Stage 3

We have a two-year Key Stage 3. During Years 7 and 8 all students follow the same courses. All students study: English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, French, German, Art, Music, Dance, Personal Development, Physical Education (PE), IT, Technology and Religious Education (RE). Some classes are set according to ability (Mathematics, English, Science and MFL) with other subjects taught in mixed ability classes.

Our students in Years 7 & 8 will follow the United Learning ‘Mastery Curriculum’ in English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, Computing, Music and PE.  A mastery curriculum breaks the key knowledge relating to each subject area into units with clearly specified objectives, which are pursued until they are achieved. Students work through each block of content in a series of sequential steps and must demonstrate a high level of success on tests. Typically, about 80% of our students are expected to have mastered the threshold concepts before progressing to new content. Retention of this knowledge is then assessed in future testing and any gaps which emerge are addressed.

At the end of Year 8, students choose their options and begin to study their GCSE subjects from Year 9. The options process begins in March with assemblies and then a Parents evening to explain the options process.  Subject options are made by Easter. 

Key Stage 4

Years 9 to 11 are important years in preparing students for external examinations and for further education or apprenticeships.  Having a three year Key Stage 4 allows us to devote appropriate time to maths, English, science and all subjects.  It also ensures that students have a broad choice, being able to select up to 4 options to be studied.  All students follow the core subjects of PE, IT, Religious Studies and Personal Development. Additional elements such as British Values and SMSC are covered within tutor time.

KS4 Subjects:
English, English Literature, Mathematics, Science, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, French, German, Computer Science, History, Geography, Music, ICT, Art, Art Textiles, PE, Photography, Film Studies. Media Studies, Sport, Dance, Health & Social Care and Business Studies

Key Stage 5

Richard Rose Sixth Form specialises in both A Level and BTEC Nationals Qualifications. Students can choose to study these separately or as part of a combined programme.

At RRSF our students are at the heart of everything we do. We have a unique approach to supporting our students as they work towards fulfilling their potential in Years 12 and 13. This approach is possible because of our size. Every student who joins our Sixth Form is recognised as an individual and because of our approach, we can build personal timetables and programme of study which enable our students to get to where they want to be.

There are many opportunities for students to become involved in activities outside the classroom include the National Citizen’s Service (NCS), sport, the School Council, working with local primary school children, and the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.

Sixth Form classes are generally smaller in number than main school classes (ranging from 5 to 25 students).  Students study three A Level qualifications over the two years. Those students taking the vocational route study the BTEC Nationals.

Throughout Years 12 and 13 students meet regularly with their tutor to receive mentoring and support, including guidance with career choices, UCAS applications, personal, social and health issues, as well as support with enrichment activities.

Key Stage 5 Subjects:
Mathematics, Further Maths, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, English Literature & Language, Applied Science, Art, Art Textiles, Photography, Dance, Geography, History, ICT, Music, Business Studies, Health & Social Care, Psychology, Sport and Law.

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