Curriculum

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Key Stage 3

Year 7 and Year 8 students are taught a balanced curriculum of English, Mathematics, Science, Computing, MFL (French or German), Music, Physical Education, Expressive Arts (Art, Drama, Dance, Music), Design Technology, Geography, History, RE and Learning for Life. Students are placed in sets for English, Maths, Science, Humanities, MFL and Computing according to KS2 SATS results and this is reviewed regularly with standard assessments within core departments.

In Year 8, more subjects introduce sets based on standard assessments and prior learning from year 7. Some students will start to study a second language.

Support for students with learning difficulties and disabilities is provided by teaching assistants within mainstream lessons or as a targeted group based in the Learning Support Department.

On some occasions, there is also a small amount of short term withdrawal targeted towards those individual students or small groups who most need it, delivered by a teaching assistant based in Learning Support.

Key stage 4

Students at Kirk Hallam Community Academy now begin their GCSE level options courses in Year 9, meaning that we have a three year Key Stage 4. (2019 and 2020 leavers studied a two year key stage 4). All students in Key Stage 4 follow a common curriculum structure comprising a core of compulsory subjects, plus a pathway of options depending on their interests and academic ability.

The core curriculum comprises:

Examination courses in English Language, English Literature, Mathematics and GCSE Trilogy Science (double award). Some students study GCSE Separate Sciences. In addition, students have core lessons for PE. PSCHE is delivered through a combination of immersion days, assemblies and tutor time inputs.

Students choose to study at least one of:

  • History
  • Geography
  • French
  • German
  • Computer Science
  • Separate Science

The PSCHE curriculum is based on statutory areas including, citizenship, careers education and guidance, sex and relationships education and morals, ethics and religion.

The Key Stage 4 options curriculum provides the opportunity for students to study a range of GCSE courses alongside a choice of vocational courses such as level 2 BTEC qualifications. The GCSE courses include; History, Food Preparation and Nutrition, Geography, Separate Science, Design and Technology, Art and Design, Music, Drama, Religious Studies, French and German. Level 1 Aim Awards is also available for some students.

The choice of vocational qualifications available includes; Animal Care, Child Development and Sports. Students are required to choose a total of three option choices.

Key Stage 5

The school has a prior attainment policy for sixth form students and the curriculum in Year 12 reflects this.

Level 3 Qualifications on offer:

Students will follow up to four level 3 courses depending on their prior attainment. The range of subjects available includes qualifications such as; English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, History, Sociology, Psychology, Law, Art and Design, Theatre Studies, French, German, Computer Science, Product Design, Business Studies, Philosophy and Ethics, Physics Education, Media Studies and Core Maths

Alongside formal lessons at Kirk Hallam Community Academy students are offered a wide range of other opportunities. Alongside having a specific tutor to work with them they also have timetabled and supervised independent study sessions to support students through the 16-19 studies. Tutors and others also provide one-to-one support with all applications/CVs/personal statements etc. and we spend a lot of time making sure that suitable references are in place for all of our students.
PSCHE sessions include outside visits from Universities and Apprenticeship providers who work with our students on key skills such as CV writing, UCAS applications and job or apprenticeship applications among other things. We also encourage students to visit as many University providers as possible and support them with applications to attend summer schools. Students are also expected to play a wider role at Kirk Hallam Community Academy and take up a range of opportunities such as working and supporting younger pupils in their studies, being a Student Ambassador or Anti-Bullying Ambassador, organising sporting teams and charity fundraising events .
Residential fieldtrips, visits to Law Courts in London and experiences like a two-week volunteer experience in Sri Lanka are also a feature of the sixth form. It is also expected that all year 12 students will complete a work experience to further support their next steps post school life.
Careers advice starts with the students identifying their Plan A and Plan B and they will all receive a guidance meeting with either their tutor, HOY, Head of Sixth Form or the Academy Careers Advisor, depending on need. Students can also self-refer to the Careers Advisor if they require specialist advice.


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