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Kingswood Secondary Academy

Curriculum

Our mission, as part of Greenwood Academies Trust, is to:

Inspire and to ensure that every pupil thrives, makes excellent progress and succeeds.

To achieve this the Trust has agreed the following strategic priorities:

  • Outcome and provision: For increasingly higher proportions of pupils to leave our academies well prepared for the next steps in their education. 
  • Developing children and young people: A wide range of experiences and enrichment which enhances their wider personal and cultural development to allow them compete in the future.

Our curriculum at Kingswood:

The word 'curriculum' is understood at Kingswood in its broadest sense. It is more than the subjects on the timetable followed by the students, it covers all the planned activities in which students are involved; activities in classrooms, laboratories, workshops, the library, the sports hall, during visits and residentials, even in corridors and playgrounds.

Our curriculum is carefully designed and responsive to the needs of all our students and the community that we serve. It is structured around several key areas of experience. All students have a right to study these areas in a manner that takes full account of their potential and capability. Our aim is to provide a broad and balanced entitlement curriculum whereby, increasingly, students acquire the skills, knowledge, concepts and understanding to develop their full potential, whilst at school and as adults. All students have the opportunity to undertake the EBacc qualifications if they so wish, and the value of a broad academic education is promoted with both students, and parents / carers.

Kingswood develops in students the specific skills of numeracy, literacy, information technology, communication, physical coordination, logical thought, problem solving, information skills, experimentation, empathy and interpretation - as well as social skills such as working with others. In doing so, we try to enhance literacy and numeracy skills across all subjects while providing the opportunity to develop social, moral, spiritual and cultural awareness that promotes British values.

We know that students’ personal development is as important as their academic success and that not all fantastic achievements will be in lessons. To support our student’s personal development, we have a comprehensive Personal, Social and Health Education Programme delivered through our pastoral system. We support our students to have an understanding of fundamental British values, including those of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, respect and tolerance. Our curriculum experience includes a wide range of trips, visits and events, helping students to achieve beyond our expectations. We are proud that many of our students participate is extra-curricular activities such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme and many make a fabulous contribution to our and the wider community by being members of the first school based Emergency Service Cadet group in England.

At Kingswood we have a comprehensive and well embedded Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) programme. We have made very significant progress with this in the last two years and are now proud holders of Career Mark which means we have achieved the National Quality in Careers Standard having been assessed for excellence in CEIAG provision. As part of this we have an excellent relationship and work very closely with ‘Prospects’ so that our students have excellent access to impartial careers information, advice and guidance.

From September 2018 all students in Years 7 to 11 will have 25 teaching periods a week with each period lasting one hour.

In Key Stage 3, students experience a broad curriculum covering English, mathematics, science and PE, as well as the humanities (geography, history and religious studies), at least one modern foreign language (French and/or Spanish), technology (craft, textiles and food) as well as IT, music, dance, drama and art. Teaching is by mixed ability and setting depending on curriculum area. Details of the subjects can be found by following the links for each subject.

In Key Stage 4 students still follow a common core curriculum of English (literature and language), mathematics, science and PE, and then have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and understanding of three chosen option subjects. Students who have both the desire and the aptitude also have the opportunity to pursue triple science.

In Key Stage 5, students enter into our Sixth Form. Students undertake a two-year programme where they study three Level 3 courses: A Levels, BTEC Nationals or a combination of both. Any student who has not achieved a grade 4 or above in English and/or Mathematics on entry to the Sixth Form will be required to undertake a re-sit in these subjects.

If you require further information about our curriculum, please contact the Academy on 01536 741857.

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