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Curriculum Information

The High Weald Academy Curriculum 2020-21


Curriculum Vision

The fundamental purpose of The High Weald Academy is to challenge and defy the barriers that constrain the educational process of our students.  The curriculum is the conduit through which that purpose becomes a reality. Our academic curriculum is rooted in the principles of being:

  • rich in powerful knowledge
  • academically demanding
  • building cultural capital.

Our academic curriculum is a vehicle for success.  It challenges the mind, nurtures the heart and guides the hand.  Each subject area has a curriculum document which identifies the knowledge and skills covered.  The curriculum document for each subject is sequenced so that over the course of KS3 students will know more and be able to demonstrate an increasing range of skills.  By the end of KS3 students will be prepared to transition to KS4 with an understanding of any threshold knowledge necessary to access the GCSE specification.

In practice that means:

  • All students master the basics of literacy and numeracy in Key Stage 3.
  • All students are entitled to study an academic core of English, Maths, Science, Humanities, and a Modern Foreign Language.  
  • Vocational courses are offered where appropriate.
  • Year 7, 8 and 9 students have discreet PSHCE lessons which cover Sex and Relationship Education and Citizenship education.
  • All students have the opportunity to participate in a wide-ranging and character building Enrichment programme, which includes international trips, cultural visits, guest speakers and outdoor activities.

Delivering the vision

The curriculum is taught in lessons of 60 minutes which follow a two week timetable. Please refer to the curriculum content information for each subject (below) for detailed information on how the curriculum is structured and also how students are assessed.

Key Stage 3 - Years 7, 8 and 9:

Students in key stage 3 follow a curriculum comprising the core subjects of English, literacy maths, and science (which form just under 50% of the timetable), art, geography, history modern foreign languages - spanish, technology (both design technology and food), and PE. The key stage 3 curriculum also includes discrete lessons for developing reading and also for personal, social, health and citizenship education (PSHCE).

The teaching of British values is incorporated within all subjects but especially in, English, geography, history and PSHCE. The PSHCE curriculum also includes careers, sex and relationships and drug and alcohol education.

Class allocations in Key Stage 3 are created based on prior attainment data and are reviewed after each assessment point throughout the academic year, changes can be made to ensure that students are in the group best suited to their needs.

Key stage 4 – Years 10 and 11:

The core curriculum for students in years 10 and 11 covers English language, English literature, Maths and combined science and PE (non-examined).

In addition, students choose their individual pathway through the options process. Subjects are chosen from a range of GCSE and BTEC qualifications, all selected carefully to ensure they offer variety and quality currency for their next steps into post-16 study and beyond.

Students choose 3 option subjects from the following choices:

  • Art
  • BTEC business & enterprise
  • BTEC sport
  • Design Technology
  • French (current Year 11 students only)
  • Geography
  • History
  • Photography
  • Spanish

The teaching of British values is incorporated within all subjects but especially in history, geography and in English. The PSHCE curriculum, including careers, sex and relationships and drug and alcohol education is delivered through a series of theme days and curriculum events at different points throughout the academic year.

The curriculum provided for each year group is defined in the table below with the number of lessons per fortnight shown in brackets next to the subject.

Key Stage 3 – Years 7, 8 and 9






Physical Education





English (8)

Maths (7)

Science (7)

Spanish (4)


Geography (4)

History (4)


Art (2)

DT (1)

Food (1)

Drama (3)

ICT (3)

PE (4)

IT is identical for Year 7, 8 and 9.

Curriculum Design - Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4 – Years 10 and 11



Option A*

Option B*

Option C*

Option D*



English (9)

Maths (9)

Science (9)

 PE (4)


French (6)

BTEC Sport (6)

Photography (6)

History (6)

BTEC Business (6)

Design Technology (6)

Geography (6)

BTEC Sport (6)

Art (6)



English (8)

Maths (8)

Science (9)

PE (2)


History (5)

Geography (5)

BTEC Business (5) 

French (5)

Photography (6)

Art (5)

French (5)

Photography (5)


BTEC Sport (5)

Design Technology (5)

*Students chose one subject from each option block.

In Year 10 there are two sets for the core subjects and the setting is in response to ability profiles.  In Year 11 there are three sets for English , maths and science and the setting is in response to ability profiles.


Curriculum Plans by Subject

For more information regarding the curriculum, please contact Mrs Barker on 01580 712754.