Teaching and learning

"The curriculum prepares students extremely well for the next steps in their education and for life in modern Britain."
Ofsted 2014

All students study: English, Mathematics, Science and Physical Education

In Year 7 and Year 8 students also study the following subjects: Art, Drama, Music, History, Geography, Computer Science and Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Technology, and a Modern Foreign Language.

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Choosing Options

Whilst in Year 8, students and their families choose the subjects they wish to study at Key Stage 4. The academy provides detailed information on its curriculum offer via the Options Online site. This includes a profile of each subject offered and videos featuring students currently taking that option, explaining what the course involves. In the Spring Term, parents and students are invited to an Options Event to help them make informed decisions and to complete the online preference form. 

  • Options site

In Year 9 students begin studying their options subjects which they will be examined in later in Year 11. 

Students will study a minimum of 8 subjects and a maximum of 12 subjects.

Students who wish to study A Levels and aspire to study at university are encouraged to also study the subjects which make up the English Baccalaureate (or EBacc as it more commonly known).

The EBacc is made up of:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • History or Geography
  • The Sciences (including Computer Science)
  • A Language

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The academy has a Sixth Form which focuses on our specialism in Business and Finance. Find out more on our Sixth Form page.