Kearsley Academy

Preparing for the future

Learning & Curriculum

Vision

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 Northern Education Trust 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 students the opportunity to develop as enquiring individuals who feel valued and respected, so that they, in turn, learn to value those around them.

Overview Statement

This policy sets out the academy's aims, principles and procedures for the delivery of the curriculum at Northern Education Trust - Kearsley Academy. It reflects the values and philosophy of Northern Education Trust (NET) and it gives a framework for staff, both teaching and non-teaching, to provide engaging learning opportunities for all of our learners. This policy is intended to be used in conjunction with the Learning Journeys for each subject area which detail the learning experience for students in each year group. The curriculum in each Northern Education Trust Academy is an extended curriculum which is personalised for each learner to meet his/her needs. Flexibility in the curriculum allows for adaptations to be made that are responsive to the needs of both individuals and groups of students as they progress through our Academy.

Principles

Northern Education Trust seeks to support our students by offering a curriculum that is broad and balanced and appropriate to the students' ages, abilities and aptitudes. Northern Education Trust values its freedom to make decisions relating to the curriculum, utilising the National Curriculum, the professionalism of its staff and educational best practice to inform appropriate decisions. Our curriculum includes various extra-curricular activities that are organised in order to enrich our students' experiences as well as the 'hidden curriculum' - what the students learn from the way they are treated and expected to behave.

Our curriculum is all the planned activities that we organise in order to promote learning and that enable personal growth and development. We want our students to grow into positive, responsible people, who can work and co-operate with others while at the same time develop their knowledge and skills in order to achieve their true potential. Accordingly, Northern Education Trust - Kearsley Academy provides an educational environment which is caring, friendly, well-structured, positive and academically challenging for each individual student.

What we value

Below are the features of our students that we value significantly, upon which we have based our curriculum. These are not in any order of importance as we value all of these features equally.

  • We value our students' uniqueness. We listen to the views of individual students and we promote respect for other cultures and religions.
  • We value the spiritual and moral development of each person, as well as their intellectual and physical growth.
  • We value the importance of each person in our community and we organise our curriculum to promote inclusion, co-operation and understanding among all members of our community.
  • We value the rights enjoyed by each person in our society. We respect each student in our school for who they are and we treat them with fairness and honesty. We want to enable each person to be successful, and we provide equal opportunities for all our students.
  • We value the individual needs of all of our students and we will strive to meet them.
  • We value our students' environment. We want to teach our students, through our curriculum, how we should take care of the world, not only for ourselves but also for future generations.

Our aims are that:

  • All students have access to a broad, balanced and coherent curriculum that supports learning
  • A strong core curriculum ensures that basic skills are embedded so that students are able to access the wider curriculum
  • An extended curriculum ensures all students have access to catch-up, extension and enrichment
  • The curriculum is personalised and inclusive and meets the needs of individual students at every Key Stage



Focusing on English and Maths

English and Maths are at the heart of success in learning. We place great emphasis on these subject areas and provide additional support to students when they need it. This includes encouraging reading and numeracy skills. We want students to be enthusiastic readers as a springboard to achievement in the curriculum but also as a source of pleasure.

Supporting Each Student's Learning

The curriculum will have different learning blocks which will be finely tailored to ensure each student has a programme of learning which engages them and sets goals which they will be motivated to achieve. We will track and monitor each student's progress to make sure they are doing their best so that we can provide any additional support that is needed.

Effective and Exciting Lessons

We are aiming to make all lessons outstanding. Teachers will plan and prepare effectively and make lessons as engaging as possible using the very best practice. There will be opportunities, through the design of our new building, to model excellent teaching and learning and to show how students can actively drive their own learning.

SEN

Northern Education Trust - Kearsley Academy aims to provide an inclusive education ensuring that we meet all students' individual needs and that educational provision is tailored to help students overcome their barriers to learning.

Progress Mentoring

Students' progress is rigorously monitored and a programme of intervention lessons for each year group is designed by the Academy Leadership Team and the appropriate Learning Manager. Subject leaders and teachers commit to delivering support through these intervention lessons in order to ensure that all students make progress towards, and even beyond, their subject targets.



Curriculum Statement 2018-19

Please click the link below to download our full curriculum statement for 2018-19. This document includes full details of our curriculum offer.

NET Kearsley Academy - Curriculum policy - 2018-2019


Guided pathways booklet

Follow the link below to download our 2019-20 Guided Pathways booklet

Guided pathway booklet - 2019-2020



The Timetable

At Kearsley Academy a one week timetable is followed, each day has 5 periods of 60 minutes making 25 periods per week.


The School Day

The school day begins at 8.30am and is made up of five one hour lessons and a 15 minute form period every day.

Break (15 minutes) is between form period and period 3.

Lunch (30 minutes) is on a rotation either before or after period 4 depending on the year group.

The academy day formally finishes at 2:30pm for most students although we have an extensive extra-curricular programme which runs every night from 2:30pm onwards. Students in Y11 have additional intervention and revision every night between 2:30pm and 3:30pm.

Full details can be found here -> http://www.kearsleyacademy.org/parents/academy-day




Streams & setting

For timetabling purposes each year group is divided into two equal half-year populations. To ensure each student receives tailored teaching that is specific for their own skill and ability level, we set all year groups in our core subjects.

Students are set based on end of Key Stage 2 examinations in English and mathematics in the first instance. The sets are then reviewed following significant assessment points throughout the year.




Lower school - Years 7 & 8

Students in Years 7 and 8 are deemed to be in Lower school. They will study:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • History
  • Geography
  • Modern Foreign Language - German or Spanish
  • Modern Technology - which comprises of Design Technology, Food & nutrition, Information Technology and Art
  • Physical Education
  • Performing Arts - which includes Music & Drama
  • Life - which includes RE, Ethics & PSHCE

During Year 8, students will start their first 'Pathways' process, where they will be awarded subjects they are successful in to study further in the Upper school. Details of the individual subjects can be found in the Upper school section.

It should be noted, in our curriculum model students will undertake additional 'Pathways' processes in years 9, 10 and 11 where necessary to ensure every student in the academy is on the correct path to achieve their very best.


Upper School - Years 9, 10 & 11

Students in Years 9, 10 and 11 are deemed to be in Upper school.

Students in Upper school must study:

  • GCSE English Language
  • GCSE English Literature
  • GCSE Mathematics
  • GCSE Combined Science (Trilogy)
  • Physical Education


Students may also have the opportunity to study a selection of subjects from the following list. A students selection will be determined by their individual pathway:

(Please note - we can not guarantee a students choices will be met. A full process of guidance will be provided during the pathways process in year 8)

  • GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics - Triple Science
  • GCSE German
  • GCSE Spanish
  • GCSE Geography
  • GCSE History
  • GCSE Computing
  • GCSE Business Studies
  • GCSE Food & Nutrition
  • GCSE Design Technology - Resistant Materials
  • GCSE Physical Education Full Course
  • GCSE Music
  • GCSE Art
  • BTEC Performing Arts
  • BTEC Dance
  • BTEC Sport
  • BTEC Music
  • BTEC Child Development
  • BTEC Health and Social Care
  • Certificate in Financial Education (CeFE)


Students must also study religious education (RE), and secondary schools must provide sex education. The content of these two subjects is decided locally but must remain within the law. All secondary schools are responsible for providing careers, enterprise education and citizenship. At Kearsley Academy the content of RE, PSHCE and sex education is delivered through our 'Life' curriculum. Life is a timetabled lesson which takes place once per week for students in Y7 to 10.

Schools organise their own timetable, and can decide what else to teach their students. The curriculum on offer is reviewed every year and adjusted, where necessary, according to the learning needs of the students in a particular band.


For more information on any aspect of our curriculum please contact Mrs K McKee (Acting Principal) or Mrs M Flynn (Vice Principal).