The curriculum at Ormiston Victory Academy is based upon the following principles:
- Ensuring students leave the academy with the qualifications necessary to choose their next step in education.
- Ensuring students leave the academy with the necessary skills to be successful, both in further education and their day to day lives.
- Ensuring every student makes above expected progress in English and mathematics.
- Providing the opportunity for every student to reach their potential.
- Retaining the flexibility to personalise individual student pathways, both through subject choice and within subject areas.
- Not compromising on students’ health and creativity.
- Maintaining breadth and balance in Years 7 & 8 so students have a wide range of options at Key Stage 4.
- Providing students with the time to study their chosen subjects in depth.
- Quality is more important than quantity.
These are achieved through:
- Allowing students extra time for English and mathematics where necessary. The focus is to support students with low levels of literacy and/or numeracy as soon as they join the academy. This extra time will not impact upon creative or vocational subjects, thus not impacting negatively on students’ areas of strength.
- Based upon their ability and rate of progress, students may follow different pathways within the same subjects. This includes opportunities for early entry where appropriate and to take additional qualifications.
- Throughout Years 7 to 11, two hours a week of dedicated lesson time are given to physical education. One hour a week is given to social, moral, spiritual and cultural education; this is delivered by specialist humanities teachers. The arts, humanities and technology all receive equal time in Years 7 & 8.
- A three year Key Stage 4. Students make their GCSE option choices towards the end of Year 8.
- Key Stage 4 qualifications are structured in such a way to fulfill the government’s ‘Eight’ criteria.
- Options are structured in such a way so students who wish to may fulfill the Ebacc criteria.
- High ability students have the opportunity to study an additional option. This is through a mixture of taught lessons and independent study.
- The majority of students chose three options for Key Stage 4. This gives them three hours a week of dedicated lesson time in each of their chosen subjects, for the full three years.
- One hour a week is set aside for taught study at Key Stage 4. This supports students’ development into independent learners.
- The Ebacc is a measure of success in a range of academic subjects. To meet the Ebacc measure, in addition to English, mathematics and science, students need to take geography or history as well as a language.
- The government’s ‘Eight’ criteria is met by taking English and mathematics, any three additional Ebacc subjects and any three other subjects.
If you wish to find out more about our curriculum, please contact PA@ormistonvictoryacademy.co.uk.
Our curriculum is also about more than just qualifications – we aim to ensure our students take a wide range of memorable experiences away with them when they leave our academy. Our extra-curricular provisions, trips and events are really important.
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