Everyone has different skills, talents and abilities!
The guiding aim, therefore, of our curriculum is to help every one of our students develop their strengths and personal interests during their time at Oak Academy. This gives them every opportunity to make outstanding progress in all subjects.
To achieve this, we have a broad and balanced curriculum that ensures traditional academic routes are open to all. These are combined with high quality vocational subjects to help students develop practical skills if this is where their passions lie. This means our curriculum is highly personalised and puts students interest at its centre.
We focus on developing strong core skills that will help students throughout their lives and complement these with a wide range of options subjects taught by specialist teachers with specialist equipment.
Key stage 3
In Key Stage 3, students experience over 15 subjects in years 7 & 8 so that they have a strong foundation on which to build when they progress into Key Stage 4. They study a core curriculum of English, Maths, Science, PE and “Learning for Life” which teaches Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural values and ideas. In addition, they enjoy many creative and technology based subjects as well as humanities and MFL.
Our curriculum is designed to take into learning both inside and outside of the classroom! Every Wednesday afternoon, students in Year 7 and 8 have the chance to take part in a club or activity that gives them a taste of something new. Doing something different is a great way for students to challenge themselves and stand out when writing their CV.
At the end of Year 8 our Year 9 students we given the chance to select subjects they believe they may wish to continue to study in their future. This year transitions students from a Key stage 3 to Key Stage 4 curriculum by continuing to develop those fundamental skills needed to succeed in life while beginning to allow our young adults to shape their future.
Duke of Edinburgh Award
During Year 9, as an extension to the Enrichment programme in Year 7 and 8, students have the chance to opt and work towards their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award. Doing the Award is a personal challenge ; it pushes young people to their personal limits and recognises their achievements.
Key Stage 4
In years 9, 10 & 11, students are prepared for their GCSEs. In addition to the core curriculum of English Language and Literature, Maths, Double Aware Science, core PE and Learning for Life, all students choose one academic GCSE from Geography, History, Computing, French or Spanish and three further options subjects. These may be GCSE or vocational, which gives them the chance to learn in a practical or academic framework, depending on their personal skills and preferences. Subjects such as Art, Textiles, Health & Social Care, Sport Studies and Sociology and many more mean that there is a range of options open for everyone.
Please contact Hayley Richley (Vice Principal) with any questions you may have about our curriculum.