Beamont Collegiate Academy Curriculum Overview.
Key Stage 3 (Year 7 & 8)
At Key Stage 3 we offer our students a full range of subjects with a focus towards GSCE outcomes. The curriculum places high importance on the value of excellent oral communication so all students in Year 7 and 8 have discrete oracy lessons. As a significant number of students enter the academy with depressed literacy levels additional Key Skills lessons are in place that focus on the areas of reading, writing and oracy. Our lowest ability students are also taught Humanities through an Integrated Curriculum in two nurture groups that are allocated one teacher each based on a primary school model.
The curriculum at Key Stage 3 continues to offer students a broad and balanced diet that gives them access to the core subjects of English; Maths and Science; the Humanities; Expressive Arts and Modern Foreign Languages.
Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 and 11)
Year 9 (Main performance measure: Progress 8)
As at Key Stage 3 the academy continues to offer students a broad and balanced curriculum in Year 9 with students following GCSE courses in core subjects and with some choice from the Expressive Arts subjects of Art, Music, Dance and Drama. Year 9 students are permitted to choose two subjects from the four offered. With the exception of our lowest ability group, all students study one or two subjects from the Humanities alongside a language, this will ensure they meet the requirements of the Progress 8 performance measure that takes effect in 2016. In order to maximise the performance our lowest ability students in Year 9 they are given additional Maths and English Key Skills lesson rather than studying a language.
Year 10 (Main performance measure: Progress 8)
Students in Year 10 are offered the opportunity to narrow the subjects that they specialise in by following one of three option pathways: EBacc, Academic and Academic/Vocational. All students study GCSEs in English, English Literature, Maths, Science and a Humanities subject. These are then supplemented with three options from their chosen pathways. The three option pathways offer a comprehensive range of academic and vocational subjects that include: Business Studies, Motor Vehicle, Performing Arts, Creative Media, French, Design and Technology, Health and Social Care, PE and Art. Mostly these subjects are delivered through a GCSE syllabus with some BTEC and OCR. The option pathways also allow our most able students to opt for three separate sciences as part of a more challenging academic pathway. To maximise the performance of our least able students within the core subjects of English and maths they are provided with addition support in these areas instead of a third option choice.
Year 11 (Main performance measure: 5A*-C new measures)
In Year 11 all students study GCSEs in English, Maths, Science (least able study OCR as opposed to GCSE), RE and two option choices that cover a comprehensive range of academic and vocational subjects including Performing Arts, Food Technology, Resistant Materials, History, Geography and Art. Similarly in Year 10, these subjects are delivered mainly through GCSE syllabi with a small number delivered via BTEC and OCR. Key Skills lessons in English and Maths are provided for our least able students as a substitute for an option choice.
STEM pathways at Key Stage 4
The academy offers students a number of academic and vocational STEM pathways that support and encourage students to choose STEM education and employment routes. The Science and Technology Faculty has relationships with STEM employers, further and higher education institutions who offer information, advice and guidance; mentoring and work place projects to students linked to future STEM careers, including dedicated routes for medical, dental and veterinary careers; engineering; programming; coding and enterprise.
Reading, Writing and Communication
An insistence on high standards of written and oral communication permeates the curriculum across the academy. Teachers throughout the curriculum teach and model high standards of spoken and written communication. Students who arrive having not met the expected standards for reading at primary school receive a number of bespoke interventions ranging from phonics based strategies, the allocation of a Key Stage 4 Reading Coach and one to one intervention from teaching trained in reading intervention and recovery. In addition to this, our weakest readers at Key Stage follow and integrated Humanities curriculum that has a literacy focus.
The academy’s PSHE and SMSC curriculum is delivered through daily ‘Leadership time’ and assemblies, we also deliver an SMSC day each half term covering a range of themes throughout the year including a focus on modern Britain and the values of modern Britain. Through a planned programme of sessions, students have opportunities for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. In addition to the discrete SMSC Days each half term the academy’s curriculum at both Key Stages provide a range of SMSC development through subjects such as English, RE, Geography and History. PSHE also forms part of the academy’s wider curriculum provision with strong focus on student setting targets that relate to both their personal and emotional well being.
Information Advice and Guidance (IAG) Programme:
A full programme of IAG is now delivered from Year 7 up to Year 11 which meets DfE Statutory Guidance. The programme is delivered during ‘Leadership Time’, assemblies, assertive mentoring and an aspirations week. The school buys into a service (Career Connect) to strengthen this offer. The academy has strong relationships with numerous outside agencies and employers that are used to offer IAG.
The academy’s curriculum is enriched with 5 Project Days that offer students the opportunity for project based learning linked to their curriculum. Each year group will participate in at least one Project Day throughout the year.
A comprehensive and inclusive enrichment programme is offered to all students at the academy. Scheduled for the end of the formal school day, the students have the opportunity to participate in an expansive range of over 70 activities that include traditional sports like rugby and football through to horse riding, Lego robotics, computer programming and competitive debating.
The academy continues to offer a provision outside of the traditional school hours through our Saturday Academy. Saturday Academy offers students further enrichment in sport, computer programming and performing arts. In addition to this the Saturday Academy forms part of our Year 6 Transition programme and offers students extra tuition in their GCSE subjects.