Students at Attleborough Academy Norfolk have an equal opportunity and entitlement to an appropriately broad and balanced curriculum. This is generally provided within the spirit of the National Curriculum policy and guidance.
All students have an entitlement and access to National Curriculum subjects along with Religious Studies, Personal, Social, Health Education and Sex and Relationships Education will be delivered in Citizenship lessons and careers education and guidance will be delivered within Steps for Success lessons.
All students will have an entitlement and access to a curriculum provision, which is appropriate to their needs and abilities.
The time allowed for each curriculum subject and the way in which students are grouped will reflect the needs and resources of the Academy and will be reviewed on an annual basis by the management of the Academy.
Curriculum Structure 2019-2020
From Year 7 to Year 8, all students study Art, Citizenship, Computer Science, Design and Technology, Drama, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, at least one Modern Foreign Language (usually two), Music, Physical Education, Religious Studies, Science and Steps to Success (which contains Personal, Social, Health Education, Sex and Relationships Education and Careers Information, Advice and Guidance). A small group of students follow the ‘Blue Route’ which includes the same subjects but Geography and History are taught with the same content but in a slightly different way to focus on developing literacy and numeracy skills.
Currently, Year 9 students study the core subjects of English, English Literature, Mathematics, PE, Science and Steps for Success (which contains Personal, Social, Health Education, Sex and Relationships Education and Careers information, Advice and Guidance). Students then have four guided choices from the ‘option’ subjects of Art, Business, Citizenship, Computing, Drama, French, Geography, German, Graphic Products, History, BTEC Music, Product Design and Examined PE. A small number of students on the ‘Blue Route’ replace one option subject with additional literacy or numeracy support with the aim of enabling literacy access to the wider curriculum.
This is reviewed at the end of the year and students confirm options to focus on for the examination phase.
In Years 10 and 11, all students study the core subjects of English, English Literature, Mathematics, PE, Science and Steps for Success (which includes elements of Religious Studies and Citizenship). All students study an ICT-based qualification to examination level. Students then have four guided choices from the ‘option’ subjects of Art, Business, Drama, French, Geography, German, Graphic Products, History, BTEC Music, Product Design, GCSE PE or BTEC PE with a small number of students replacing one option subject with additional literacy or numeracy support with the aim of the support enabling them to access the wider curriculum.
The Sixth Form is integrated within the Academy. A wide range of Advanced Level courses are offered together with additional voluntary enrichment activities such as main school link and paired reading and an extensive volunteering programme. A smaller number of students will take part in our one year Access to A Levels/Apprenticeship (A2A) programme and/or take English and Maths GCSE resits.
As a trial for 2019-2020, all Year 7 students are taught in sets. The sets are based on the students’ Key Stage 2 results and literacy/numeracy scores. Year 8 students are taught in mixed ability groups in English and are in sets for all other subjects. Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11 students are taught in sets for English, Maths and Science and are mixed ability groups, controlled by their option choices for other subjects. Year 12 and Year 13 groups are all mixed ability.
This is delivered in accordance with the Norfolk Agreed Syllabus, a copy of which may be viewed at the Academy on request. Parents and carers have a right to withdraw their child from Religious Education and collective worship either in whole or part. Alternative provision will be made according to the reasons for withdrawal. Parents and carers are invited to discuss the matter with the Academy and should contact the Principal in the first instance.
All students have an Academy assembly and a House assembly every week. In addition to this, all students have a formal period of reflection each day, in form time, where they are invited to reflect on the weekly themes or the ‘Quote of the Day’. Reflections are broadly of a Christian nature.
Citizenship is taught as a discrete subject at Key Stage 3 and an option at Key Stage 4. The subject covers a broad base for personal and social development and includes relationships, lifestyle, rights, society and authority.
Sex and Relationships Education
Sex Education is dealt with in accordance with the National Curriculum and the Norfolk Education Authority Policy Statement that has been adopted by the Academy Council members. It forms part of the planned work in several subjects and is included in the work of most year groups. Staff and Council members working together have carefully planned its delivery. Human reproduction is taught with due regard to moral considerations and the value of family life. A copy of the Sex Education programme may be viewed at the Academy on request.
Parents and carers are reminded that they can withdraw their child from all or part of the Sex Education provided in the Academy. Again, parents and carers are invited to discuss the matter with the Academy and should contact the Principal in the first instance.
All students who follow a course in any subject will have the opportunity to be entered in the appropriate examination provided they fulfill all specified coursework requirements/controlled assessment requirements.
We offer a wide variety of clubs and activities to support students in their broader education. During the last week of June, all students in Years 7, 8 and 9 take part in Curriculum Enhancement Week. The normal school timetable is suspended for the week to enable students and staff to work together on a number of projects with the aim of helping them develop skills around teamwork, resilience, creativity and developing curriculum specific knowledge. We also have a comprehensive programme of assemblies, tutor time events and occasional off timetable events that also contribute to the development of the whole child.
Should you require any further information about the Curriculum then please contact Mr C Barns, Deputy Principal via the Academy Office by telephoning 01953 452335 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Curriculum Structure: September 2020 Onwards
We are currently finalising the curriculum structure for delivery from September 2020. However, the current thinking is that students in Year 9 will make only one set of option choices and begin those option subjects at the start of Year 10.