Academy Organisation

National context

As a publicly funded organisation we have a contract with the Education Secretary to provide quality education for all our students.

In accordance with our funding agreement with the Education Secretary, as an academy we must make provision for the teaching of religious education (RE). This is a contractual requirement on all academies.

All our children are taught the essential British values: democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

Academy context

Every child should leave our school with the confidence, the ability and the desire to make the world a better place.

As an academy we do not have to follow the national curriculum. We can choose our own curriculum, as long as it is broad and balanced and includes English, mathematics and science.

Maths and English are taught on a daily basis. Other subjects are taught on a weekly basis, these include: science, PE, music, computing, RE and PSHE. The remaining subjects of history, geography, art and design technology are planned in blocked units.

Foundation stage

Our youngest children work towards the early learning goals, which lead into our academy curriculum and prepare them socially, linguistically, mathematically, physically, emotionally and creatively for their futures. These goals are the same goals used in maintained pre-schools and help children transfer their skills within this foundation stage. Our curriculum is planned to meet children's individual needs. Throughout the foundation stage, during the reception year, children are assessed informally using the early years foundation stage profile. This is a list of competencies against which all five year olds are assessed.

Key stage 1

During key stage 1, the breadth of study identified in the national curriculum is delivered through an extension of the early years six areas of learning. Through these areas, we cover English, mathematics, science, design technology, computing, history, geography, art and design, music, physical education, religious education, and personal, social and health education (PSHE).

Children are taught knowledge and skills which are assessed by the teacher and reported to parents/carers in the annual report to parents/carers along with the child's end of year report.

Key stage 2

Children enter key stage 2 at 7 years old when they are in year 3. The curriculum continues to be delivered in a variety of ways. Some subjects are taught discretely e.g. maths, English and science, as these form the core of the child's learning. Other subjects are taught through units of focused work, topics or themes. Teachers organise this work in meaningful, relevant and enjoyable ways through whole class lessons, group work and individual work. We have a whole school rolling programme of topics covered to avoid children repeating units of work. Throughout the school, teachers use a variety of means for grouping pupils. For some activities, pupils are ability grouped within their class to focus the teaching and learning more closely to individual needs. The groups are arranged on the basis of teachers' assessments. This is a continuous process and pupils move between groups according to their progress and needs. Annually, in May, year 6 pupils take part in statutory SAT tests and we also run 'optional' tests for the others in years 3 and 5. The results of statutory KS2 tests are reported to parents/carers through your child's end of year report.

The efficacy of our curriculum provision is considered annually by the academy governors who evaluate its impact on student progress and destinations.

Help and queries

Parents and carers have the opportunity to discuss pupil progress at open evenings, but should they want more information about any aspect of the curriculum, an appointment can be made with the appropriate class teacher, through the academy office.