Waterhead Academy

Curriculum

About our Academy Curriculum

Our Curriculum Rationale

To be able to achieve social equality together, our aim is to deliver a curriculum experience that will ensure students are career and life ready as a result of teaching through our shared values, beliefs and behaviours.

We aim to deliver a five year, progressive, developmental experience that provides students with a broad and balanced range of learning, delivering the national curriculum and a range of qualifications. This is underpinned by a commitment to the development of students Growth Mindset, Community Contribution and Personal Wellbeing.

We have taken great care to research our curriculum considering the views of students, parents, staff, employers, education providers, demographics. We have also visited a number of educational settings to develop our model and took inspiration from the research of a number of key academic figures (bibliography available upon request). To ensure our students are career and life ready, our motivation is to pursue the highest levels of achievement for every student and through filling gaps in knowledge and experiences that some students within our context may not yet have.

Our Curriculum Intentions

We strive to ensure that the design of our curriculum maximises the outcomes for all of our students to equip them with the knowledge, skills and experiences which will enable them to succeed and progress.

However, the range and richness of our student learning experiences do not operate in isolation but its coherence is threaded together with our curriculum drivers.

  • Develop a powerful knowledge base for all
  • Enhance literacy rates and communication skills to effectively prepare students for life and the world of work
  • Take students beyond their everyday lives with memorable careers related experiences.
  • Provide opportunities for students to experience Responsibility, Determination and Success.Our Curriculum Implementation Standards
  • It is important to us that our curriculum is flexible so that it can adapt to the needs of our students’. Be it influenced by: student choice; individual student need; aspirations or interests; cohort strengths and weaknesses; KS2 outcomes; local employment need; KS5 progression routes; the political landscape; the reform to qualifications and parental choice.
  • It will have a balance between academic rigour, vocational and technical provision and the development of employability skills within the broader curriculum experience
  • It will provide students with powerful knowledge, meaning they have the fundamental understanding of a range of subject skills, knowledge and concepts, but most importantly how they can be applied.  The subject components of our overall curriculum are the key vehicles for this by relating learning to real life experience, developing students memory retention, developing students metacognition.  Subject components will pursue the highest levels of achievement for every student through the delivery of curriculum goals that explicitly link to our curriculum intentions and through filling gaps in knowledge and experiences that some students within our context may not yet have.
  • It will develop students skills in literacy, communication and numeracy
  • It will delivered be delivered through quality first teaching that tailors learning experiences to meet the needs of all students
  • It will provide the teaching of learning habits to ensure student success now but also in the next steps of their learning
  • It will provide a high quality careers education, information advice and guidance (CEIAG) in each subject
  • It will explicitly teach fundamental British values, personal welfare, social, moral, spiritual and cultural understanding.
  • It will link students directly to local and national business to understand the world of work and different career paths
  • It will celebrate diversity and difference with a fair and just society and promote equality of opportunity.

Impact

If students leave with high quality qualifications that provide them with the academic and vocational currency to further succeed, if they leave with an enhanced character that makes them a great person, if they leave with an appreciation of culture that allows them to enjoy the world in which they live, if they feel cared for and show they know how to care, if they contribute to and can actively participate in a community; then we have had impact.

To find out more information about Waterhead Academy’s curriculum please see the Key Stage sections below or follow the individual subject links on the Teaching & Learning menu tab. For further discussion about our curriculum contact:​​​​​​​ Mrs Lynn Rogers, Vice Principal via email l.rogers@waterheadacademy.co.uk.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum 2020 (Years 7 to 9)

The Key Stage 3 curriculum helps to build a solid foundation of knowledge and skills in each subject and supports the learning model in developing learners into respectful, resilient, reflective and responsible young people. The national landscape for education is changing and each department has responded by implementing new schemes of learning in line with the new curriculum.

Year 8 and 9 students have one Elective lesson per week in which students can choose what subject they wish to study in 12 week rotations, these subjects cover a variety of different topics and skills.

Across KS3, students will study English, mathematics, science, history, geography, ICT, music, PE, RE, PHHCCE, art, music and at least one modern foreign language. They will also benefit from additional choices which broaden and enhance their learning.   

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Maths

4

Maths

4

Maths

5

English

4

English

4

English

4

Literacy

1

Literacy

1

Literacy

1

Science

4

Science

4

Science

4

History

2

History

2

History

2

Geography

2

Geography

2

Geography

2

MFL

2

MFL

2

MFL

2

PE

2

PE

2

PE

2

IT

 

IT

1

IT

1

PSHCCE

1

PSHCE

1

PSHCE

1

Art

1

Art

1

Art

1

Ethics

1

Ethics

1

Ethics

1

 

 

Design

1

Design

1

Rotation

2

 

 

 

 

Form

3

Form

3

Form

3

Total

29

 

29

 

29

Key Stage 4 Curriculum 2020 (Years 10 & 11)

At Waterhead Academy, our Key Stage 4 begins in Year 10. We ask our students to choose the 4 subjects they would like to study in Year 9. This is organised into different pathways depending on the career choice of our students.

All students will normally study;

English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Triple or Double Science, Ethics and PE. 

Students may then choose up to 4 'options' from;

Art & Design, Graphics & 3D Design, Business, Childcare, Computer Science, Dance, Drama, Food, Geography, Health & Social Care, History, iMedia, Music, Spanish, PE (GCSE), Photography, Religious Studies, Sports Science (BTEC), Urdu. 

Year 10

Year 11

Maths

5

Maths

5

English

5

English

5

Science

5

Science

5

Option 1

3

Option 1

3

Option 2

3

Option 2

3

Option 3

3

Option 3

3

Option 4

3

Option 4

3

PE

1

PE

1

Ethics

1

Ethics

1

 

29

 

29

Religious Education and Collective Worship 

The Academy does not have a religious denomination and welcomes students from all faiths. Provision is made for religious education to be given to pupils at the academy in accordance with the agreed local syllabus. This is given through the Ethics programme in KS3 and KS4 and as a key component in KS4 PSHCRE lessons. The Academy provides collective worship of broadly Christian themes and celebrates other faiths and morality in accordance with our values. This is given through planned assembly themes and a thought for week which is also reflected upon in lessons and whole school messaging. The Academy complies with the Mainstream Academy Supplementary funding agreement.    

Parents have the right to choose whether or not to withdraw their child from RE. We encourage parents to research this decision before applying for a place at the Academy. We also encourage parents who are considering this to meet with school staff first to understand the educational objectives and content of the RE syllabus. In this way, parents can make an informed decision.