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.
During year 8, students are asked what subjects they would like to study at Key Stage 4. This begins in year 9. By having a choice and a chance to shape their learning, students are able to progress effectively and study more of the subjects they love!
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, Construction, Health & Social Care and Sociology and many more mean that there is a range of options open for everyone
Key Stage 5
In the Sixth Form, personalisation is again central to our curriculum. Most students study three A Levels, but many will choose vocational options that are more practical or technical and lead to specialist vocations. Either way, advice and guidance is offered to all students to make sure each one is on an appropriate pathway.
Our curriculum is designed to take into learning both inside and outside of the classroom! Every Wednesday afternoon, students 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.
Please contact John Cornish (Vice Principal) with any questions you may have about our curriculum.