CURRICULUM

Our curriculum is designed to foster thought, curiosity and a desire for learning in all pupils, regardless of their backgrounds, strengths and needs. It should be a gateway to opportunity and to a fulfilling and prosperous life in modern Britain and beyond.

Our curriculum is broad and balanced, with an emphasis on academic success. We prioritise learning in Literacy, Numeracy, Languages, Humanities and Science. Our curriculum is both coherent and cumulative, with an emphasis on the critical importance of knowledge acquisition

Our curriculum aims to:

  • Cultivate well-rounded, intelligent and socially-aware pupils
  • Mould pupils into good citizens, with a sense of responsibility for their actions
  • Encourage civic and social participation within the community
  • Promote the development of young leaders
  • Allow pupils to develop their individuality
  • Empower pupils with the necessary skills and abilities to play a full and inclusive role within society
  • Provide a solid foundation for future learning at every stage
  • Deliver excellent exam results

At the core of the Academy’s curriculum will be a specialist and obligatory menu at Key Stages 3 and 4 for all pupils of academic subjects leading to the English Baccalaureate and including English, mathematics, sciences, languages, humanities, arts and technology.

Key Stage 3

The Academy operates a two-year Key Stage 3. All pupils will follow a traditional model of study, which involves core and foundation subjects. Pupils are offered extra time for English and Mathematics where necessary.

Key Stage 4

The Academy operates a three-year Key Stage 4. Pupils make their GCSE choices towards the end of Year 8. Across Years 9, 10 and 11, most pupils will follow a combination of subjects which will enable them to achieve the English Baccalaureate. Pupils sit GCSEs across Years 10 and 11. Pupils are offered extra time for English and Mathematics where necessary. The focus is to ensure that every pupil makes above expected progress in English and Mathematics.

A very small number of pupils will undertake an alternative vocational pathway. This pathway will be a targeted pathway which will ensure SEN pupils, including those supported with an EHC Plan and those newly arrived, are supported in their learning to ensure they make rapid progress. Pupils will complete nationally and industry recognised awards and qualifications, developing a personalised portfolio to include GCSE and BTEC.

Courses Available at Key Stage 4
Subject Level Start Finish Core or Option
English (Language) GCSE Year 9 Year 11 Core
English (Literature) GCSE Year 9 Year 11 Core
Mathematics GCSE Year 9 Year 11 Core
Science (Double Award) GCSE Year 9 Year 11 Core
Science (Triple Award) GCSE Year 9 Year 11 Core
MFL (French/German) GCSE Year 9 Year 11 Core
Religious Studies GCSE Year 9 Year 11 Core
Computer Science GCSE Year 9 Year 11 Option
Creative iMedia (OCR Cambridge Nationals) Level 1/2 Certificate Year 9 Year 11 Option
Psychology GCSE Year 9 Year 11 Option
History GCSE Year 9 Year 11 Option
Geography GCSE Year 9 Year 11 Option
BTEC Travel and Tourism BTEC Year 9 Year 11 Option
Art and Design GCSE Year 9 Year 11 Option
Music GCSE Year 9 Year 11 Option
Food and Nutrition GCSE Year 9 Year 11 Option
Drama GCSE Year 9 Year 11 Option
Dance GCSE Year 9 Year 11 Option
PE GCSE Year 9 Year 11 Option
Product Design GCSE Year 9 Year 11 Option
  • For further information about our curriculum offer, please see our subject pages or contact the school directly at info@highfield.tetrust.org.