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Curriculum Secondary

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Overview

The majority of the DfE national curriculum was introduced in September 2014, with English and maths coming into force for all year groups from September 2016. The exception is the science curriculum which came into force for year 10 pupils in September 2016, and applies to year 11 pupils from September 2017. Please Click Here to find out more information.

Greenfields Academy Curriculum

Key Stage 3

Our Key Stage 3 curriculum is much the same as you would encounter in a main stream secondary school environment, with the fundamental difference being our Year 7 group. The teaching and support provision within our Year 7 class has an ethos of nurture and phased transition at its core. The day is structured in a manner that enables pupils to stay in the same classroom for tutorial and the first three lessons of the day. During these lessons pupils will have lessons delivered by the same member of staff and will be supported by two key workers at all times. The final three lessons of the days are those that require specialist classrooms, for example Food Technology, ICT, Science, Design Technology, PE and Art and Design.

Within Key Stage 3 all pupils study our core and foundation curriculum, as outlined below.

Core Curriculum – English, Mathematics, Science & ICT. Of these subjects both English and Mathematics offer Entry Level and Functional Skills accreditation opportunities in Years 8 – 11, where appropriate.

Foundation Curriculum – Art and Design, Design Technology, History, Geography, PSHE, Design Technology, Food Technology, Physical Education and Careers (Y9) with RE and MFL being delivered through planned immersive experiences over the whole academic year.

A new and successful feature of Greenfields Academy curriculum is the opportunity for all students to access accredited courses/qualifications from Year 9. This has proven to have a positive impact on both the behaviour and engagement of pupils, reinforcing pupil’s confidence in their learning and building on their independent learning skills in preparation for working life. Pupils opt for two to three courses in year 9 which are matched to their strengths, interests, career aspirations and abilities. Courses offered include; Level 1 (D-G) awards in Photography, Uniformed Services Preparation and Food Technology, among many others from Entry Level to L2 qualifications.

Key Stage 4

In Key Stage 4 pupils continue with their progression towards formal qualifications and awards in-line with their strengths, interests, career aspirations and abilities. At Greenfields Academy we believe that it is essential all pupils are heavily involved in personalising and designing their own curriculum through our provision of a range of short-course, long-course, L1, L2 and L3 and GCSE courses on offer in the Core and Foundation subjects.

Our aim is to engage and support our students thus enabling them to meet their full potential as learners empowering them to fulfil their academic potential and achieve career aspirations post 16. Another aspect of this is met through their tailored Careers Education programmes which develop the skills and attitudes necessary in preparing pupils for their life-long learning when they leave us.

Post 16 Provision

At Greenfields Academy the education, welfare and support of pupils in our care are central to all we strive to do, this philosophy continues through their transition to Further Education, Employment or Training Post 16. As a school we provide support through a designated Post 16 Officer who works with our Year 11 pupils, colleges, employers and other training providers to ensure that each individual accesses the correct level of Post 16 provision.

Part of our Post 16 Officer’s role is then to support students through application, interview and enrolment in their chosen provision and maintain the support through the transition from Secondary school. As a school we see this as an essential aspect of our work in preparing each of our students for their route into life-long learning.