Bredon Hill Academy Curriculum
Pupils at Bredon Hill Academy follow a broad and balanced curriculum throughout Years 6 to 8. Our curriculum enhances pupils’ learning, attainment, achievement and progress. It stretches and challenges to help our pupils grow as learners, whilst developing their knowledge, skills and understanding. Individual subject areas focus on depth of learning, building on prior learning.
At Bredon Hill Academy, we have a strong social, moral, spiritual and cultural ethos which helps prepare the pupils for life in the modern world.
Our curriculum, combined with our extra-curricular opportunities, supports our pupils to become:
- Successful learners who enjoy learning.
- Confident individuals who are able to live safe and healthy lives.
- Well-rounded young people, prepared for the next stage of their education.
- Responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to our society.
Whilst we are accountable to a degree, for KS2 outcomes, we do not overload the curriculum in Year 6 with English and Maths lessons. Pupils in Year 6 have scheduled lessons of science, computing, PE and all the Foundation subjects taught, where possible, by specialists.
There is a secondary curriculum for Year 6 scheduled on a two week timetable. However there is a strong element of developing literacy and numeracy in the delivery of all subjects.
There is a clear and coherent rationale for the design of the curriculum with an emphasis on preparing pupils in our 10 – 13 age range for the next stage of their education, from Year 9, in a high school.
All staff see this as a USP of the school and it is shared and understood by all.
Each curriculum leader has detailed programmes of study which facilitate a progression of skills, knowledge and understanding. Timely assessment points are factored in to coincide with our reporting schedule ensuring pupils and parents/carers are informed of progress. There is an expectation that ALL pupils will make progress measured against internal and external tests and assessments.
Reading is prioritised across the school and seen as the foundation stone to learning. The importance of reading and comprehension is promoted by tutors, teachers, governors and non-teaching staff. This, along with mathematical fluency, forms the pre-conditions of curriculum design and delivery.
Governors also review and quality assure the curriculum through their involvement in termly academic reviews and challenge the curriculum both in this forum and at sub-committee level.
The staff Continued Professional Development (CPD) programme is entwined in the school’s curriculum, particularly the development of literacy and numeracy together with the promotion of a rich vocabulary. The curriculum is also equitable for all and core skill interventions are a facility for pupils to more fully access all subject areas, whilst also developing the resilience and persistence to achieve all they possibly can.
Assessments are timely in all subject areas. Moderation of standards, both internal and external, takes place through curriculum meetings across the pyramid of schools. The outcomes (Attainment8 and Progress8) at KS 4, including the EBacc, strongly suggest that the KS3 curriculum for Years 7 and 8 is highly effective. This is also borne out by our own internal data through GL Assessments.
Beyond the Curriculum
The range of extra-curricular opportunities at Bredon Hill Academy helps to make our school unique. It adds to our school ethos and has a substantial impact on our pupils and school life. These activities support the development of well-rounded, mature individuals and help to prepare them for the next stage of their education; we hold these concepts at the heart of all we do.
The list of extra-curricular opportunities is extensive. More than 90% of pupils regularly attend at least one club at lunchtime or after school. Clubs include sport, art, gardening, computing, film, music, Lego, history, birdwatching, coding, chess and STEM to name but a few.
Throughout the year, there are visits, guest speakers, workshops and presentations. These include Erasmus, trips to France and Spain, residential trips to London and PGL activity centres. There are trips to the Food Show, theatres, the Houses of Parliament, art galleries. There are science presentations, guest poet visits and e-safety workshops. Again, this list is no way exhaustive and just gives a flavour of what is offered.