The Weston Road Academy

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What your child will be learning in all subjects

Introduction

The Weston Road Academy is committed to providing for all of its pupils a broad, balanced and personalised education.  The emphasis, in all years, is upon providing pupils with a varied diet of studies across a wide range of subjects.  Personalisation is achieved through high quality teaching.  Further, corrective literacy and numeracy schemes and 1 to 1 tuition are used to support the literacy and numeracy of those pupils who need this. Small-group English and Maths intervention takes place in years 10 and 11, again for those in need.

In year 9 and possibly year 8 this year, pupils are given the opportunity to choose some of their courses to study, in order to pursue particular interests or strengths. At this Options stage, pupils are guided along a particular pathway according to their own individual strengths and weaknesses, but can ultimately make their own choices.   This allows pupils to follow a curriculum which is balanced, stimulating and of interest to them. 

Social, Moral, Religious, Spiritual and Cultural Education, Citizenship, Literacy, Numeracy, Economic Awareness, Health Education, Internationalism and Careers are delivered across the Curriculum, often in Ethical Studies.

In the Sixth Form we work in collaboration with four other schools in Stafford. This allows pupils to choose from a wide variety of academic and vocational courses.

Curriculum Organisation

Our timetable is organized into six fifty minute lessons per day. 

Content: Years 7-9

At present all pupils in years 7-9 study a core of 12 subjects. The emphasis is now on developing a five-year curriculum on the basis that all pupils will continue in all subjects until the end of Year 11, in the first instance. The breakdown in terms of curriculum time (per week) is as follows:

 

 

Year 7 lessons

Year 8 lessons

Year 9 lessons

 

English

5

5

4

 

Mathematics

4

4

4

 

Science

4

4

4

 

French

3

3

3

 

History

2

2

2

 

Geography

2

2

2

 

Art

2

2

2

 

Technology

2

2

2

 

Music

1

1

1

 

Computing

1

1

2

 

Ethical Studies (inc.RE)

1

1

1

 

Physical Education

3

3

3

 

 Content: Years 10 and 11

The years 10-11 curriculum at The Weston Road Academy contains some subjects which, because of their fundamental importance and statutory requirements, are compulsory for all pupils. These are: English Language and English Literature (GCSEs), Mathematics (GCSE), Science (GCSEs), Physical Education (core) and Ethical Studies which includes RE. The last two of which do not result in any formal qualifications. In other areas you are given a choice of subjects, but are strongly advised to maintain a broad and balanced curriculum.

The breakdown in terms of curriculum time, per week, is as follows:

 

THE CORE:

Year 10 lessons

Year 11 lessons

English Language and English Literature GCSEs

4

4

Mathematics: GCSE

5

5

Science: GCSEs (Core and Additional or Double Award)

6

6

Physical Education

2

2

Ethical Studies (inc.RE)

1

1

 

 

 

OPTION SUBJECTS (FOUR FROM):

 

Year 10 lessons

 

Year 11 lessons

Art: GCSE

 

Biology, Chemistry, Physics: GCSEs

Business Studies: GCSE

Computer Science: GCSE

Drama: BTEC

Food Technology: GCSE

Geography: GCSE

History: GCSE

ICT: GCSE

Music: GCSE or BTEC

Photography: GCSE

Physical Education: GCSE

Product Design: GCSE

3 each

3 each

 Content: Years 12 and 13 (The Sixth Form)

Sixth Form students at The Weston Road Academy usually follow a curriculum of three courses of their choice. The intention is that the courses are pursued to full qualifications, although individual circumstances are considered.  Further information about the Stafford Sixth Form Partnership can be found in the Prospectus. 

Link to Partnership Prospectus

If you require any further information, please contact the Academy.