Curriculum Intent

The curriculum at Consett Academy aims to embrace the core values of resilience, aspiration, respect, honesty and tolerance.  The Academy fosters a culture of aspiration in which all students aim to achieve their full potential both in academic excellence and beyond.

Our curriculum is at the heart of our school and good vocabulary and oracy are the cornerstone of this curriculum. It is every student’s right to experience a curriculum offer that will not only progress and deepen their learning but will add wider value through cultural capital. We embrace a broad and balanced curriculum regardless of starting points.  As a consequence, students leave our school equipped and fully prepared for the next stage of their education.

It is the aim of the curriculum to enable the students in achieving outcomes which exceed their targets whilst keeping a broad and balanced curriculum.  The curriculum keeps in mind the growing intake at Consett and how best to accommodate the needs of the cohort and ensures that every individual is enabled to develop their character and aspire to achieve.

The curriculum has been designed to be inclusive throughout the key stages, offering all the opportunity to be challenged at their individual ability.  We have a key focus on those who are HPA, encouraging a pathway leading towards an academic post 16 offer. In 2019 our results at the 7-9 benchmark significantly increased on the previous year. We have taken into account the slightly higher than national average PP students, the increasing number of LAC and our SEND students and attempted to consider what would be the best curriculum to fit all abilities and all groups. We have dedicated senior staff who are responsible for these key groups of students.

It is important that we consider the curriculum as a 5-year pathway rather than a Key Stage 3 and a Key Stage 4 pathway.  This philosophy of moving to a 5-7 year curriculum offers Consett the opportunity to be creative in the curriculum to engage and enthuse students across all of the year groups.  The implementation of the curriculum for all subjects is done with this in mind to ensure that we best meet the needs of all our students.

 

It is essential that the curriculum is organised in such a way that it provides students with the opportunity to learn expected behaviours and to be successful in their learning so that they can be:

•Successful learners who enjoy learning; make good progress and achieve excellence.

•Confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives.

•Responsible citizens who can make a positive contribution to society.

 

To do so we aim to develop a curriculum which:

•Creates an aspirational high achievement culture.

•Takes into account individual needs and styles.

•Allows everyone to experience success.

•Raises standards of attainment.

 

The Curriculum

We have a very broad KS3 Curriculum covering 13 subjects meeting all the national curriculum requirements. This is taught in 25 hours of contact time each week.

Year 7

The curriculum includes:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Modern Foreign Languages (MFL), French and Spanish
  • History
  • Geography
  • Religious Education
  • Music
  • Art and Design
  • Computing
  • Technology
  • Physical Education (two hours per week)
  • ASPIRE – Covers PSCHE and Study Skills

 

For students who are behind in their chronological reading age, additional support is provided through withdrawal and intervention to enable them to rapidly catch up.

 

Year 7 and 8

The curriculum includes:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Modern Foreign Languages (MFL), French and Spanish
  • History
  • Geography
  • Religious Education
  • Music
  • Art and Design
  • Computing
  • Technology
  • Physical Education (two hours per week)
  • ASPIRE – Covers PSCHE and Study Skills

 

For students who are behind in their chronological reading age, additional support is provided through withdrawal and intervention to enable them to rapidly catch up.

 

Year 9, 10 and 11

In Year 9 students begin to specialise to provide them with the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the subjects they will choose to study to GCCSE level.

All students must study the following:

  • English – Literature and Language
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Religious Education
  • Physical Education
  • ASPIRE - Covers PSCHE and Study Skills

Optional Subjects (at least two of the following):

  • French
  • Spanish
  • Dance
  • Music
  • Art
  • Creative Digital Media
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Psychology
  • History
  • Geography
  • Technology
  • Food Technology
  • Business Studies
  • Health and Social Care

 

Alternative Pathways to GCSE

There is a small proportion of the cohort who may not be able to access the full number of GCSE courses.  They will therefore study:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Other alternative courses to support them in building skills of employability. 

 

Year 12 and 13

The Sixth Form at Consett offers academic A Levels.  The courses offered will ensure we enable our young people to be able to enter the next stage of their learning journey be it at university or an advanced level apprenticeship.

Student's receive weekly feedback from their teachers and are expected to complete examination questions on a regular basis.  Outside of the taught lessons students follow the 5:3:2 model. 5 hours contact time per A-Level subject, 3 hours of independent learning in school for each A-Level studied and 2 hours of homework for every A-Level subject.

Course Offer

  • Art
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Geography
  • History
  • Psychology
  • Computing
  • Mathematics
  • Further Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Sociology
  • Religious Studies
  • Physical Education
  • Product Design
  • Music
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Extended Project (AS Qualification only)

 

As we develop our students we seek to embrace all aspects of life and prepare them for life beyond the Academy and academic excellence.  All students at Consett Academy will embrace our ASPIRE journey.  Through experience within and beyond the classroom they will engage with a variety of experience to support them in developing:

  • the right attitudes to themselves and others;
  • being successful;
  • learning to be proud of themselves;
  • using their initiative to strive for more;
  • developing resilience in their work and life experiences;
  • develop skills in enterprise.

 

Our ASPIRE programme is the backbone of our curriculum. It is an expectation that every student is on a journey of discovery and self improvement throughout their time with us. This encompasses daily lessons and a myriad of additional out of class opportunities with students ‘graduating’ at the end of each year when they have completing the core area of their Passport.  We believe that in enabling students to achieve these skills will equip them for life and ensure they achieve their full potential.

 

Updated October 2019