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The High Weald Academy

Curriculum Overview

Context and overview

Vision and Context:

High Weald Academy is a small rural school that serves a local rural community.    Our primary aim is to ensure that High Weald Academy provides an excellent education that enables all students, no matter what their starting points, to make good and better progress in order that they may continue in education, training or their chosen career pathway.  We work with students to enable them to take their place in the world as good citizens able to make a positive contribution in the community. 

This is a school firmly at the heart of the local community and the curriculum not only focuses on enabling our students to aspire to excellent achievement but makes use of the connection to the local rural context.

Curriculum Model:

We aim to ensure that all our students have access to a broad and balanced curriculum with opportunities for a wide range of experiences and subjects that allows students to develop as young people ready to take their place in the world.  We have a holistic approach which values and prioritises academic achievements but which aims to also broaden students’ experiences, challenges them to develop themselves to be confident, polite young people supportive of each other, able to lead and work as a team.

As a rural school science and agriculture are particularly strong.  We are developing a partnership with Plumpton Agricultural College to extend opportunities for students to study agricultural and horticultural courses both at High Weald and in Plumpton’s satellite centres nearby.  We also work with Cranbrook School and some students in the Sixth Form have the opportunity to choose a range of studies in both schools.

The core subjects of English Maths and Science are studied through to year 11 for all students and there are then some pathways which allow an element of choice for students.  These choices are also guided by the profile of the students to allow for a pathway to begin to be developed from GCSE study through to post 16 and beyond. 

There have been significant changes to the national qualifications framework with the government promoting a greater focus on traditional academic subjects and reducing the number of possibilities for studying more vocational subjects. Our curriculum model is changing in order to respond to this national change and will continue to evolve in the coming years.  We also have a block of Enrichment time which takes place on a Wednesday in our extended day which allows students to broaden their experiences and access a more diverse range of learning experiences and activities.

Below is the outline of subjects and blocks for all year groups from September 2016.

Curriculum Model Year 13 ( Key Stage 5)

Block A

Block B

Block C

Block D

Block E

Additional Subjects

Business Studies

 

Geography

 

 

Maths in Context

 

Psychology

 

 

Double Award Sport

Computing

 

 

Public Services

Chemistry*

 

 

IT

 

 

English Literature

Art

 

 

Finance

 

 

Sport

Biology

 

History

 

English Language

 

Maths

*Delivered at Cranbrook School

Curriculum Model Year 12 (Key Stage 5)

Block A

Block B

Block C

Block D

Block E

Additional Subjects

Geography

 

 

Health and Social Care

English Language

 

Maths in Context

Sport

Business Studies

 

Biology

Psychology

 

 

Public Services

Maths Level 2

 

 

English Level 2

Curriculum Model Year 11 (Key Stage Four)

Core Subjects Studied by All Students

Block A

Block B

Block C

Block D

Students study one subject from each block and each subject has an allocation of 5 lessons per fortnight.

English Language and Literature (9)

 

Maths (9)

 

Science Core and Additional* (8)

 

PE (4)

Business Studies

 

Land and Environment

 

Geography

 

French

 

Art

 

ECDL

Finance

 

History

 

Food Technology

Product Design

 

Computing

 

Geography

*One group of students will study Core Science

Curriculum Model Year 10 (Key Stage Four)

Core Subjects Studied by All Students

Block A

Block B

Block C

Students study one subject from each block and each subject has an allocation of 6 lessons per fortnight.

English Language and Literature (9)

 

Maths (9)

 

Science Core and Additional (9)

 

PE (4)

 

PSHE (1)

History

 

Health and Social Care

 

Sport

Geography

 

Art

 

 

Business Studies

French

 

Computing

 

 

Product Design

 

Curriculum Model Year 9 (Key Stage Four)

Core Subjects Studied by All Students

Block A

Block B

Block C

Block D

Students study one subject from each block and each subject has an allocation of 5 lessons per fortnight.

English Language and Literature (9)

 

Maths (8)

 

Science Core and Additional* (9)

 

PE (4)

History

 

Sport

Business Studies

 

French

Geography

 

Art

Computing

 

Product Design

 

Curriculum Model Years 7 and 8 (Key Stage Three)

Literacy Sets

Numeracy Sets

Science Sets

English (9)

 

French (4)

 

Geography (2)

 

History (2)

 

RE (1)

Maths (8)

 

Computing (3)

 

Technology (2)

 

PE (4)

 

PSHE (1)

Biology (3)

 

Chemistry (3)

 

Physics (3)

 

Art (2)

 

Performing Arts (1)

 

Food Technology (2)

If you would like to know more about the Curriculum please contact our Directors of Learning:

Miss Conlin - DoL Reason [En/Ma/Sc]  conlinm@highwealdacademy.kent.sch.uk

Mr Newport - DoL Global [ICT/MFL/Humanities] newportg@highwealdacademy.kent.sch.uk

Miss Tremain - DoL Creative [PE/DT/Art/Performing Arts] tremaing@highwealdacademy.kent.sch.uk