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Secondary Curriculum Maps

Please click here to view our KS4 curriculum booklet for 2016

Please click here to view our GCSE Grading Structure 

To download the 6th Form prospectus, which gives information about 16-19 courses offered, please click here.

At KBA as a basic rationale we aim to ensure that the curriculum meets the needs of all pupils rather than a ‘one size fits all’ model.   Our aim is to produce:

  • successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve,
  • confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives and
  • responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society. 

Therefore our curriculum offer is broad and balanced and prepares our students to be effective participants in the 21st century.  

All departments have curriculum outlines which detail skills, knowledge and assessment and then the accompanying Scheme of Learning and lesson plans.

At present, without naming the different pathways in such a way that labels and pigeon holes students, we offer option courses and qualifications that meet the needs of pupils of different abilities. Every year the curriculum offer is formally scrutinised by Governors and Senior Leaders and suggestions made for improvements or necessary amendments as a result of a changing cohort or government agenda, where we feel it is appropriate for our students. 

In addition to a full range of academic courses we have a vocational offer at Level 2 and 3. The majority of these courses are offered by our own staff and are internally quality assured (see the relevant curriculum booklets). This is a strength and this year we have further developed this vocational offer. 

We provide a clear, progressive pathway for all individuals aiming to make their transition smooth to the next stage of their education or employment. We believe our curriculum is flexible enough to account for the learners’ contexts and develop their evolving interests and needs.

We understand the importance of focussing on the core and how it improves a student’s life chances and progression pathways and as such have ensured all students in Year 7, 10 and 11 have the equivalent of one English, maths and science lesson per day.

Option Plus

To encourage dual linguists, the uptake of dance for those interested students and bring an element of entrepreneurship into the curriculum we have added Option Plus to our Year 8 and 9 curriculum. Students opt for a two period subject that they focus on in Year 8 and 9 and then may choose to take as a GCSE qualification. Also in this block is a dedicated EAL option where students in small groups can have structured formal EAL delivery.

Relevance to life, global issues past, present and future.

Our school curriculum makes explicit connections between different disciplines and the relevance of these to students’ lives and to current issues. This happens across the curriculum and is also led through a lesson called Global Learning. SMSC permeates academy life with HODs tracking it in their SOL and all Heads of House planning assemblies linked to the four areas. The curriculum outline is available on the website and all SMSC opportunities and delivery are tracked on an excel spread sheet.

Careers

Our students receive unbiased guidance on higher and further education courses, apprenticeships, traineeships and careers.  This includes specific provision to guide and support Year 11 students with their post-16 options, Year 9 students with their KS4 options and sixth form students with their future plans. We are also working with Enterprise Advisers to develop students’ readiness for the world of work and holding a Careers Fair for Years 7-13 for KBA students and students in the local community.