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Our excellent results are achieved by combining high quality teaching with a carefully designed curriculum. Whether a student is struggling, needs to be stretched or is somewhere in the middle, we will always work to meet his or her individual needs.
We encourage students to explore as many subjects as possible at Key Stage 3 before specialising at Key Stages 4 and 5. We believe that it is important for students to study a language and humanities subjects such as Art, Drama, Photography and Criminology, alongside other subjects.
Students are guided and supported to make sure that the subjects they choose at GCSE and at A-level are the right ones for them, whether they want to go to a Russell Group university or into employment or training. We review the curriculum every year to make sure we have the right courses to inspire and challenge students, and create opportunities for success.
Alongside the main curriculum, there is an extensive Enrichment Programme.
Students are taught about British values in various ways including through our assembly and tutor programme (which explore current events in the world), enrichment activities, charity events and external speakers.
Key Stage 3 Curriculum
The Key Stage 3 curriculum is followed by Years 7 and 8 and is designed to provide depth and breadth of study whilst ensuring that appropriate time can be devoted to Mathematics, English and Science. Our intention is to give students a ‘taste’ of as many subjects as possible, whilst preparing them for and informing them about their GCSE options. Literacy and numeracy skills are developed in every subject and across the curriculum.
All students in Year 7 study a language which they will then continue to study until GCSE. Where appropriate, students may pick up a second, additional language in Year 9. Design Technology includes Food Technology, Textiles and Product Design. All students study Physical Education for two periods a week and competition between faculties and with other schools is encouraged.
Key Stage 4 Curriculum
The Key Stage 4 curriculum is followed by years 9-11. All students will study Mathematics, English, Science, PE and Religious Education and the vast majority will study a humanities and a modern foreign language. The list of optional subjects is extensive and gives students a real opportunity to experience a subject that they may then want to go off and study at university.
Key Stage 5 Curriculum
At Key Stage 5 we offer a number of subjects that students from other Harris Academies come here to study with us. For an extensive list of what is on offer in the Sixth Form, please see our Sixth Form section.