Our mission is to prepare students for university and to be leaders in their community. This influences everything that we do inside and outside of the classroom at the academy. The curriculum within every subject area contributes to this mission. 

English

Prepares students for university and to be leaders in their community by:

  • Enthusing students to be able to communicate their ideas effectively
  • Exposing students to a range of challenging and varied texts so that they read with curiosity
  • Encouraging critical thinking when analysing the language of the world around them
  • Endeavouring to harness the ability to write creatively and to speak confidently

So that students become passionate, interrogative thinkers, readers and speakers who can question ideas and understand how societies are constructed.

Maths

Prepares students for university and to be leaders in their community by:

  • Encouraging students to recognise that mathematics permeates the world around us
  • Enabling students to articulate their misconceptions and ideas using correct mathematical language and notations
  • Empowering students to develop their thinking and reasoning power

So that students can become logical thinkers and able problem solvers as individuals prepared for further learning in mathematics or functionally numerate citizens.

Science

Prepares students for university and to be leaders in their community by:

  • Exposing students to the fundamental science underpinning the world around them
  • Allowing students to form their own ideas and then test them scientifically
  • Questioning, testing, interpreting evidence and communicating key scientific concepts

So that students make decisions based on evidence and lead the scientific discoveries of tomorrow.

Modern Foreign Languages

Prepares students for university and to be leaders in their community by:

  • Opening up new ‘cultural universes’ – ways of seeing the world and reflecting on their own world, to make students global citizens.
  • Providing access to academic, traditional subjects respected by universities and colleges.
  • Merging the creative arts with the logic of grammar, opening up a wide variety of academic disciplines.

So that students can access the highest levels of education in the UK and overseas, and interact with people from different cultures and backgrounds.

History

Prepares students for university and to be leaders in their community by:

  • Developing young people who critically evaluate evidence to form sustained arguments, and confidently express their own informed judgements
  • Developing young people who question structures, opinions, and how the past is used and misused
  • Developing young people who are curious about the world and connect the modern world to its historical development

So that students are confident in being agents of positive change.

Geography

Prepares students for university and to be leaders in their community by:

  • Equipping students with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and environments, and how they are affected by key physical and human processes
  • Enabling students to critically evaluate the world socially, economically and environmentally
  • Developing a passion for understanding how humans and the environment interact at different scales

So that students can gain skills to lead the way in looking after our future world.

RE

Prepares students for university and to be leaders in their community by:

  • Exposing students to different religions, beliefs, values and traditions while exploring their own beliefs and questions of meaning
  • Enabling students growing up in a diverse society, to develop respect for and sensitivity to others, in particular those whose faiths and beliefs are different from their own
  • Challenging them to reflect on, interpret and evaluate issues of truth, belief, faith and ethics and to communicate their informed responses effectively

So that students are equipped for life, employment, lifelong learning, flourishing individually within their communities and as citizens in a diverse society and global community.

PSHEE

Prepares students for university and to be leaders in their community by:

  • Developing young people to be aware of the world around them as well as the key issues that affect our wider community
  • Developing young people who are knowledgeable about the challenges and opportunities that being an adolescent in the 21st Century brings
  • Developing young people who are confident in expressing their opinions and able to listen and respect the opinions of others

So that students are confident participants in an ever changing world.

Computer Science

Prepares students for university and to be leaders in their community by:

  • Enabling students to be safe and efficient users of technology, allowing them to fully access the powerful resources they offer
  • Exposing students to real world problems and developing their ability to solve them using computational thinking methods
  • Provoking thought and debate about the positive and negative, legal, ethical and environmental impact technology has on and the world we live in

So that students can identify and solve real problems with the tools and resources they have access to.

Media

Prepares students for university and to be leaders in their community by:

  • Exposing students to the ever changing nature of today’s media landscape
  • Allowing students to explore areas of the media that they are interested in
  • Debating academic ideas and applying them to relevant media texts

So that students develop a critical perspective on the media they consume.

Business

Prepares students for university and to be leaders in their community by:

  • Building on quantitative skills and ideas based on information to critically analyse and solve problems
  • Exposing students to entrepreneurial values and the ability to make a sustained judgement
  • Developing students’ ability to critique arguments and question theories/concepts through the use of real life examples

So that students are able to make informed decisions, present facts, ensure their voices are heard and make their mark in the world of business.

PE

Prepares students for university and to be leaders in their community by:

  • Enabling students to experience challenge, sportsmanship and fair play through a range of competitive opportunities
  • Building positive relationships through teamwork and problem solving
  • Acquiring new skills and knowledge through the use of a growth mind-set

So that students have the tools to deal with physical and mental challenges and see the importance of an active lifestyle.

Art

Prepares students for university and to be leaders in their community by:

  • Enabling students to express ideas, emotions and key concepts
  • Giving students a wider context when interpreting the world around them
  • Exposing students to knowledge of key events, along with a variety of different cultures

So that students have the tools to analyse, evaluate and critically engage with their own work and the work of others.

Drama

Prepares students for university and to be leaders in their community by:

  • Enabling students to think and write critically
  • Enabling students to build positive and good, working relationships through collaborative work
  • Developing confidence within young people

So that students are able to speak and interact with authenticity, awareness and authority in a variety of settings.

Music

Prepares students for university and to be leaders in their community by:

  • Exposing students to the scientific, historical and mathematical language of music and highlight its importance through time as one of humanities main art forms of expression
  • Instilling a culture of self-discipline through developing a musical insight informed by research and practice
  • Provide students with the practical skills and enriching experiences to perform as part of a wider community

So that students can experience and develop the skills needed to work both as an individual and as part of a team and develop positive routines to help further their learning.

Food and Nutrition

Prepares students for university and to be leaders in their community by:

  • Exploring the principles of food science, nutrition and healthy eating
  • Equipping students with the skills required to cook a range of nutritious dishes
  • Understanding the economic, environmental, ethical, and socio-cultural influences on food availability, production processes, and diet and health choices

So that students have vital life skills that enable them to feed themselves and others affordably and nutritiously, now and later in life.