Curriculum

Newark Academy offers an innovative Curriculum designed to engage, challenge and inspire our students to make outstanding progress and achieve both personal and academic success. The Academy is structured around a two-year key stage 3 and an enriched three-year key stage 4, followed by a sixth form Curriculum offer that is broad, inclusive and responsive to the needs of all Newark Academy students.

Our Curriculum focuses on the four ‘I’s’ of Intent, Implementation, Impact and Intervention and all subjects plan carefully and intelligently to ensure that all students make progress by achieving our curriculum goals. We want our students to be challenged to think about why they are learning as well as what they are learning. We focus on the knowledge base of the National Curriculum and provide all students with experience to ‘learn more, know more and remember more’ which supports rapid student progress whilst also placing strong emphasis on the development of higher order learning and thinking skills.

We focus on our Curriculum goals and are intelligent in our planning around intent and what we want our students to know in each subject they study. We recognise that we are preparing our students to live in a rapidly changing world where the skills of independence and resilience will be key to future success. Alongside our academic Curriculum, we believe in ensuring our students have a broad range of ‘life’ skills that enable them to make strong and lasting contributions to the global economy. We follow national guidelines and we place strong emphasis on developing economic understanding and British values, as well as the identification of core competences related to the world of work. In addition, we foster a love of reading and provide regular opportunities to develop literacy and numeracy skills across the Curriculum, designed to demand deeper thinking and questioning as students prepare for the rigorous demands of GCSE and College study.

Our implementation of our Curriculum involves a relentless focus on high quality planning and high level stretch and challenge and staff at all levels are encouraged to deeply consider the sequencing of students’ learning to ensure opportunities are plentiful for students to ‘know more’ and ‘remember more’.

We measure our Curriculum impact by assessing students in a variety of ways across the Curriculum and assessments are designed to identify the next steps in learning so that students continue to progress. Where progression is not at the expected level timely intervention takes place to close gaps in knowledge.

Students gain nationally-recognised qualifications at the end of key stages 4 and 5 and our expectation is that most students will aspire to achieve the English Baccalaureate as a minimum at GCSE. Where students are significantly below age-related expectations, the core disciplines of English and mathematics will be prioritised in the timetable until they have closed the gap so that they ‘keep up’ with learning instead of having to ‘catch up’.

Our Curriculum is structured as follows:

Key Stage 3

To ensure students make an effective transition to Newark Academy, a broad and balanced key stage 3 curriculum is provided with a key focus on core subjects. We emphasise the development of literacy and numeracy through our learning and our curriculum reflects this. We also offer a comprehensive programme of study including Science, Modern Foreign Languages, Humanities, Design and Technology, Expressive Arts, PE and RE. This provides all students with a solid foundation that prepares them for success at KS4.

Key Stage 4

Students follow a three-year programme which provides students with the time to study for important end of year exams at the end of the Key Stage. Students are encouraged to follow an English Baccalaureate (EBacc) pathway consisting of English, Maths, Science, Modern Foreign Languages, Humanities and Computer Science. This is complemented by a wide range of optional subjects to allow students to succeed in areas of interest. These subjects include PE, Design and Technology, Religious Education, Art, Drama, Dance, Child Care, Health and Social Care, Engineering and Business to name a few.

Key Stage 5

At Key Stage 5, students study a range of A-Level and equivalent qualifications which allow students to follow a tailored programme of study which lead to a range of progression pathways based on the individual aims and aspirations of students. Our aspirations and expectations are extremely high which have led to a number of Oxbridge and other Russell Group universities. We are proud of our partnerships with local FE and HE institutions and provide a range of pathways for students who wish to follow either an academic or vocational pathway as part of their next phase of learning.

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