At All Saints we are committed to the principle that all students have the right to the highest quality of education we can provide.
This means that we seek to ensure:
- breadth and balance for all
- appropriate levels of expectation and genuine challenge
- relevance, continuity and progression in learning
We achieve this by providing courses of study and teaching methods which are tailored to the wide range of needs, interests and aspirations of our students. Whilst we are an Academy we value the breadth of the National Curriculum and therefore use it as the basis of our curriculum design.
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 we can deliver our mission and aims.
We have a broad and balanced curriculum which is complemented by our Enrichment programme which spans across the year, where students are able to take part in rich learning experiences that do not easily fit into the normal school day and allow for students to learn in different ways.
In Year 7 and Year 8 students will be given the opportunity to study a broad range of National Curriculum subjects. The emphasis here will be on provision of a variety of experiences and a depth of learning within these.
Students in Year 7 will be taught in mixed ability classes, except in Maths where some setting is possible. In Year 8 students will be set by ability in all core subjects and in modern foreign languages. Academic rigour will be ensured across all subjects.
The curriculum includes:
- Humanities: History, Geography and Religious Education
- Arts: Art, Design Technology, Drama and Music
- Physical Education (two hours per week)
Extra literacy and numeracy is available for students who fall behind in their expected progress.
An additional after‐school enrichment programme includes a range of sporting activities, music and drama. There is daily support for homework in the learning zone.
In Year 8 there is a consultation between school, students and parents/carers about the courses to be followed from Year 9 onwards leading to GCSE and a range of alternative accreditations. All students will receive personalised advice and guidance when selecting their KS4 Choices.
In Years 9, 10 and 11 students will take GCSE/BTEC courses. Students will follow up to 10 courses, depending on their specific needs, aptitudes and post-16 aspirations. Almost all our students will take the five English Baccalaureate subjects (English Literature & Language, Mathematics, History or Geography, Sciences and a Modern Foreign Language) as far as is appropriate to their aptitudes and potential.
Students choose a further 2 GCSE/BTEC courses from; Art and Design, Business Studies, Drama, Design and Technology (Food, Engineering or Graphics), ICT, Media Studies, Music, Physical Education, Sport and Triple Science.
All students study GCSE Religious Studies, supporting the ethos and foundation of All Saints.
An additional after school enrichment programme includes a range of sporting activities, music and drama. There is daily support for homework. Peer mentoring groups are also in place for students, depending on the individual learning needs. A ‘Period 6’ intervention programme is designed to support all students throughout their final year.
The Academy provides a range of opportunities and experiences to allow students to succeed in the next stage in their education, training or employment.
The senior leader team ensure that the rationale for the curriculum design is shared across the academy. In developing this there is careful consideration given to knowledge progression and the sequencing of concepts in and across subjects. The delivery of the curriculum is equitable for all groups and enhances students’ capacity to access the full curriculum. Leaders, including governors, as part of the planning process, build in regular opportunities for review and quality assurance. There is a commitment from SLT to ensure ongoing professional development so that curriculum expertise develops across the academy.
The role of the Heads of Faculty, Heads of House and the SENCO is pivotal. All Middle Leaders are involved in the dissemination and delivery of the vision for ensuring the curriculum offers parity for all groups of learners. Reading is a priority in every subject and Maths and numeracy are preconditions for success across the curriculum. Middle Leaders collaborate to focus on knowledge progression and the sequencing of concepts in their own subject and, in the context of learning, in other subjects, projects or themes. Effective CPL ensures middle leaders have the knowledge, expertise and practical skill to design and implement a curriculum.
At All Saints Academy, we offer a lot more than academic excellence. We offer a wide range of activities to all students from all year groups. The development of Cultural Capital and enrichment through our wider curriculum, fosters students who are confident, creative, independent, healthy reflective and resilient.
Cultural Capital is developed through four key areas: Character, Leadership, Enriched Skills and Culture. Students track their contribution to Cultural Capital through their tutor Teams online system; they upload their evidence and share their successes with their tutor in termly learning conversations. When students have evidenced 10 or more Cultural Capital activities they are awarded, Cultural Capital Champion status.
All Saints Academy ensures that every student in every year group should be able to access a range of opportunities through:
- Attending our ‘Aspire’ Careers programme after school, where people from a range of professions share their skills, experience and routes into their careers;
- Going to our local universities to experience evening lectures and workshops on a range of topics;
- Taking part in trampolining, cheerleading, rugby, football, netball and even capoeira;
- Enjoying Film Club, reviewing and debating films that have had an impact on people’s lives, politics and cultures;
- Debating at a school, regional and national level;
- Singing in the school choir;
- Raising money for local, regional, national and international causes;
- Becoming a SEND mentor; a prefect; a language ambassador; a TELL leader; a curriculum area leader.
- Attending outward bound residentials; taking part in Duke of Edinburgh.
All lessons are 1 hour in length and there are 25 lessons per week.
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural and our Christian core values are embedded into the curriculum and delivered through all subjects.
Personal, Social and Health Education provision is delivered through a series of Personal Development and Enrichment days that are delivered by staff and experts.
Any questions about the curriculum can be directed to Mrs Buchan.