Key Stage 3 (Y7-8)
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 many of the lessons during the day. During these lessons students will have lessons delivered by the same member of staff and will be supported by a key worker at all times. Those lessons that require specialist classrooms, for example Food Technology, ICT, Science, Design Technology, PE and Art and Design are taught elsewhere in school, often with a specialist teacher.
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 pupils to access accredited courses/qualifications from Year 9, as options. 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, with guidance, for two to three courses in year 9 which are matched to their strengths, interests, career aspirations and abilities. Courses offered include; Photography, Uniformed Services Preparation and Food Technology, among many others from Entry Level to traditional L2 qualifications.
Key Stage 4 (Y9-11)
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 pupils 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 an academy 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 pupils through application, interview and enrolment in their chosen provision and maintain the support through the transition from Secondary school. As an academy we see this as an essential aspect of our work in preparing each of our students for their route into life-long learning.
The impact for our pupils
From their different starting points, all pupils will make good progress academically, emotionally, creatively, socially and physically. Knowledge, understanding and skills will be secured and embedded so that pupils attain highly and are fully prepared for life.
They will have strong communication skills, both written and verbal, and will listen respectfully and with tolerance to the views of others.
They will take pride in all that they do, always striving to do their best.
They will demonstrate emotional resilience and the ability to persevere when they encounter challenge.
They will develop a sense of self-awareness and become confident in their own abilities.
They will be kind, respectful and honest, demonstrate inclusive attitudes and have a sense of their role in our wider society.
They will have a range of qualifications that will enable them to move onto their chosen career or educational pathway.