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Ashmole Academy

Teaching and Learning

The Curriculum

The Curriculum is designed to meet the needs of students with a wide range of talents and abilities. It is designed to stretch the most able, to provide support for those needing additional help and to provide an education suitable for all students.

Years 7 and 8 – Key Stage 3

During Years 7 and 8 all students follow a broad and balanced curriculum, designed to be challenging and interesting, building upon the foundations from primary school. Whilst we place much value on students reaching their full academic potential, we also aim to help students enjoy their learning and gain a solid basis for study at GCSE, A-Level and higher education.

All students are initially taught in mixed-ability groups when they start in Year 7. Teaching in ability groups is introduced later depending upon subject and need. In addition, students receive a grounding in study skills, as well as regular access to computer and library facilities across all subject areas. All Key Stage 3 students will also be issued e-readers that will be personalised for their ability

ALL KEY STAGE 3 STUDENTS STUDY:
English
Mathematics
Science – a co-ordinated course, comprising aspects of the traditional branches of Science incorporating computing
French or Spanish – In Year 8, the most able students have the option to take an additional language to that previously studied either French, Spanish or German
Technology – including Food, Textiles, Graphics, Resistant Materials
Geography
History
Religious Education
Art
Physical Education 
Music
Drama
Personal, Social, Careers, Citizenship and Health Education

Years 9, 10 and 11 – Key Stage 4

All students work towards GCSE examinations in Years 9, 10 and 11. In addition, students follow a Personal, Social and Health Education programme, which includes careers education and citizenship.

All students follow a core of:

English
Mathematics
Separate Sciences or Double Science (Incorporating Biology, Chemistry & Physics) 
French, German or Spanish
History or Geography
Religious Education
Physical Education

The most able students at Science will study all three Sciences (Physics, Chemistry and Biology) giving a stronger basis for their advanced study. Able linguists are able to study two languages to GCSE. At Key Stage 4, students choose to study a number of optional subjects.

At Key Stage 4, students choose to study a number of optional subjects. The list of optional subjects is shown in the table below:

KEY STAGE 4 OPTION SUBJECTS:
Art
Business Studies
Drama
Geography
A second language e.g. French, German or Spanish
History
Music
Graphics
Food Preparation & Nutrition
Product Design
Textiles
Physical Education

Further details on course content for KS4 can be found here:

KS4 options booklet 2015

Sixth Form

The school provides an extensive range of courses in the Sixth Form. The choices cover over 20 Advanced subjects. The school provides dedicated Sixth Form facilities for students’ use. Students in the Sixth Form undertake community service and enrichment, and are involved in supporting both the social and academic progress of younger students in the school. Most of the school’s sixth form students intend to go on to university. For those with ambition to apply to Oxford, Cambridge or other prestigious universities, the school provides additional opportunities for the student to practise the additional tests these universities require.

For more information on subject choices offered please see the sixth form prospectus.

If you require further information on any aspect of our taught curriculum please email staff@ashmoleacademy.org