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Curriculum Structure

 

Introduction

The Weston Road Academy is committed to providing for all of its pupils a broad, balanced and education.  The emphasis is on providing pupils with a varied range of subjects to study, which is personalised through high quality teaching, assessment and support.  Corrective literacy and numeracy schemes and one to one tuition are used to support the literacy and numeracy of pupils where it is an identified learning need.

In year 8, pupils are given the opportunity to choose Options, in order to pursue particular interests or strengths. At this stage, pupils are guided along a particular pathway according to their own individual strengths. This allows pupils to follow a curriculum which is balanced, interesting and tailored to their strengths and interests.

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

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 organised into six fifty minute lessons per day, some subjects have double lessons to facilitate options and practical subjects.

Years 7-9

Pupils in years 7 and 8 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

 

 

English

5

4

 

 

Mathematics

4

5

 

 

Science

4

4

 

 

French

3

3

 

 

History

2

2

 

 

Geography

2

2

 

 

Art

2

2

 

 

Technology

2

2

 

 

Music

1

1

 

 

Computing

1

1

 

 

Ethical Studies (inc.RE)

1

1

 

 

Physical Education

3

3

 

 

 

Years 10 and 11

The year 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:

 

Core Subjects:

 

Year 9

Year 10

 Year11

English Language and English Literature GCSEs

5

5

4

Mathematics GCSE

5

4

5

Science: GCSEs (Core and Additional or Double Award)

5

6

6

Physical Education

2

2

2

Ethical Studies (inc.RE)

1

1

1

 

Optional subjects (3 lessons pw):

 

Art: GCSE

Biology, Chemistry, Physics: GCSEs

Business/Enterprise & Marketing: GCSE and Cambridge National Certificate

Computer Science: GCSE

Performing Arts: BTEC

Food Technology: GCSE

Geography: GCSE

History/Ancient History: GCSE

IT: Cambridge National Certificate

Music: GCSE or BTEC

Photography: GCSE

Physical Education: GCSE or NCFE

DT/3D Product Design: GCSE

 

 Years 12 and 13

Sixth Form students at The Weston Road Academy usually follow a curriculum of three A level 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   Mr C Gibbard, cgibbard@westonroad.staffs.sch.uk