We have a broad and balanced curriculum at The Stockwood Park Academy, designed to help each student to flourish and become well-rounded and capable.
Key Stage 3 Curriculum Model Overview
At The Stockwood Park Academy, we believe that every child matters. We strive to work with parents and carers to ensure that every learner achieves the very best grades for a future with open doors for which choices can be made. It is for this reason; we have decided to change the curriculum at Key Stage 3.
To offer a personalised curriculum to our students we have designed the year 7 curriculum around 4 bands based on their prior Key Stage 2 levels that students achieved at primary school. While bands are initially set based on these levels, we have regular assessment periods each term. Therefore, there is easy and regular opportunities for students to move up or down the bands based on their attainment and effort in school.
Within each band there are 3 sets /classes; this way teaching can be even more personalised for each student. Band Z will be taught by a specialist teacher.
In Year 7, students in Band Z will benefit from having one lead teacher that will teach them for 15 hours; including English, Maths and Science. These students will have been identified as having not achieved a 'secondary ready' standard in English and/or Maths, therefore will received the specialist support to make sure that they are fully prepared to access the rest of the curriculum. This we believe will also offer students support during the transition process. By putting this in place, we recognise that we are providing students with a platform for which they can be successful at Key Stage 4.
As you will see from the model provided, Year 8 students will have the same curriculum and have the same allocated hours. Although there will not be a lead teacher as in Year 7, they will still benefit from additional hours in the core areas, English and Maths.
To view the Year 7 & 8 Curriculum Pathways for 2016-17, click here.
Key Stage 4
A variety of learning pathways are available to our students. We offer a Pathways Curriculum, which is designed to meet the needs of all students. There is a traditional pathway of GCSEs, including the English Baccalaureate (EBACC), along with other routes comprising a combination of GCSE and vocational courses. The Pathways are personalised and flexible, ensuring the needs of each student are met.
We offer a carefully structured, independent careers programme, ensuring all students are well informed about pathway choices and how this progresses to future employment and training.
We have developed strong links with local and regional organisations and educational institutions. At the end of Year 11 students can progress into Sixth Form.
The full range of courses and half-termly topics for Key Stages 4 and 5 can be found here.
Click here to download the Key Stage 4 Options Booklet. This booklet contains full details of the Key Stage 4 curriculum across all subjects.
You may also find this impartial options guide useful when selecting options.
As an Academy, we are currently working towards achieving the Investors in Careers Award which is a nationally recognised standard for the delivery of impartial Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) in schools. This means that students will continue to have access to a comprehensive range of careers education activities and guidance through a combination of tutorial activities, assemblies, careers events, external trips, guest facilitators and individual guidance interviews to support their decision making whilst at school and to prepare them well for their future.
Should you have any enquiries regarding the Academy's curriculum design, please contact us on 01582 722 333 and speak to your child's Head of House, or Mr Lee Daly, Associate Vice Principal.