Ormiston Academy

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Curriculum overview

Our aim is to provide a broad and balanced curriculum, tailored where necessary to meet the needs of all our students.

There are five lessons a day, each one is 60 minutes long and we operate a two-week timetable; Week A and Week B.

In Years 7 and 8, Key Stage 3 students follow a curriculum consisting of Maths, English, Science, History, Geography, French, ICT, RE, PSHE, PE, Drama, Music and Design & Technology.

Our aim is to provide a broad and balanced curriculum.

In Years 9, 10 and 11, Key Stage 4 students follow a core offer of Maths, English, Science, PE, ICT, RE and PSHE and additionally choose options from a range of subjects. All students choose at least one EBacc subject with the higher prior attainers choosing at least two. Qualifications are tailored to the ability of our students with a range of GCSE and vocational qualifications delivered.

Students in Key Stage 3 are expected to progress in each subject to achieve a target of “Secure” in each skill or subject knowledge area as a sound basis for the requirements of Key Stage 4 at GCSE level. Many students will exceed this target and achieve grades of Competent, Exceptional or Beyond, students below this level will be graded “Beginning” or “Developing”. The reported grade is the current working at grade; these grades can therefore go down as well as up. The skills and knowledge expected are explained in the Curriculum Hub within the Progression Grids for each subject. The Progression Grids are used in all lesson as part of the Learning Objectives, in marking and feedback to students and in reports to parents. They can be used by parents in conjunction with the curriculum plans to identify the focus areas for each student as the term progresses.

Students in Key Stage 4 are set targets based on their KS2 results. Reports will include a Predicted Grade (at the end of Year 11) and a Current Grade. The specifications for each subject being delivered are available within the Curriculum Hub area. From 2019 all GCSEs will be graded 1-9, with a grade 9 being the highest grade. A grade 4 is currently considered a pass and a grade 5 is a strong pass. Non-GCSEs have a different grading structure that is explained within each specification, for further information please speak to your child’s subject teacher.

As well as paper based copies sent home at regular intervals all reports are available on-line by accessing Go4 Schools. You must register an email account with the Academy prior to be able to access your child’s reports.

Details of our current curriculum plans and progression grids can be found on our curriculum plan page.


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