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CURRICULUM SUMMARY

Exam Boards for Current GCSE & Sixth Form Subjects

Our curriculum provision is central to achieving the Academy’s mission statement.  It enables all students to experience self-worth, success and achieve their full potential, in becoming thoughtful, confident and responsible citizens that make a valuable contribution to society.

We understand the taught curriculum is the core of provision but not the totality and we provide rich opportunities for high quality learning both within and outside the classroom.  We recognise that students require a broad and balanced education, enjoying the artistic, cultural and practical opportunities that lead to a fulfilling life.

We want our students to be safe and healthy adults and to appreciate the spiritual and moral aspects of life including an appreciation of the values of democracy, the rule of law, respect and equality for all - whatever their background or belief.  All students partake in Religious Education and a PSHE (Life Lessons) programme. There is a programme of school assemblies, speakers and extra-curricular events.

Highcrest Academy is fully comprehensive in every sense of its meaning.  We pride ourselves on our diverse ability range of students.  We are unique in welcoming a balanced range of pupils from all abilities.  This allows us to provide a true service to the local community offering progression to both academic and vocational routes, truly serving the needs of our pupils.

The Highcrest Academy seeks to offer a balanced and all-ability intake which is representative of the community and of the ability of those applying each year.  We are fully aware of the impact of our ‘all ability’ intake and have a setting arrangement to challenge the most able while maintaining our outstanding support to narrow the gap for those who may be struggling. We make appropriate provision for every student. To recognise our work in this area, in 2017 we were reaccredited with both the Inclusion Quality Mark and the NACE Challenge Award. Our excellent practice was also identified Ofsted’s Annual Report 2016. 

We ensure all students secure the core skills of literacy and numeracy as other subjects depend on these skills, as will future educational and employment opportunities. This is reflected in the curriculum time and support dedicated to these subjects. There is an extensive programme to develop literacy through all areas of the curriculum.

SETTING

In Year 7, The Highcrest Academy operates a setting system in certain subjects. This is not based on banding results but is calculated on pupils’ KS2 results as well as our own internal English, Maths and Science tests that take place during the first two weeks of Year 7.  After initial setting, there is continuous monitoring of student progress that ensures students are always in the appropriate set in each subject, ensuring the correct level of challenge

Foundation Curriculum Lesson Allocation 2018-2019 — Years 7 and 8 (2 week timetable)

Year

English

Literacy

Maths

Science

Humanities

Mfl

Arts

PE

DT

Life Lessons

7

7

1

7

7

8

5

5

4

3

2

8

7

1

7

7

8

5

5

4

5

2

 

GCSE Curriculum Lesson Allocation 2018—2019— Years 9, 10 and 11 (2 week timetable)

English

Maths

Science

PE

Option

Option

Option

Life Lessons

8

8

9

3

5

5

5

2

Within the core subjects, there is flexibility in our provision that will help challenge and support every student.  We have moved to starting GCSE courses in Year 9 as this ensures that pupils gain the correct depth of knowledge and understanding of subject areas over a three year period.

The GCSEs/equivalent Level 2 qualifications available are: English Language and English Literature, Maths and Additional Maths, Core, Additional and Further Science, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Other subjects include: Art, Business, Business and Economics, Computer Science, Construction, Creative Technology, Child Development, French, Drama, Engineering, Food and Cookery, Food Technology, Geography, Graphics, Health and Fitness, History, ICT, Music, PE, Photography, Psychology, RE, Resistant Materials, Spanish, Sociology and Textiles. These are updated every year.

CURRICULUM EXTENSION AND ALTERNATIVE PROVISION

Individual timetables are sometimes created.  These can be working in liaison with other external providers such as Aylesbury Motor Project, Tool Shed and the Wycombe Skills Centre.

There are many extensions of the standard curriculum. The school excels at ‘Young Enterprise’ and groups have reached national and European finals in several events over recent years. We won Young Enterprise Europe’s Entrepreneurial School Award in 2016. We also operate an     extensive mentoring and activity programme with the multi-national Johnson and Johnson Group.

In addition to the above, many clubs and activities run every week including sports teams, drama productions, music tuition and working towards the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

There are many school excursions including: WW1 Battlefields (History), Euro Disney (Drama), Naples (Geography), Bletchley Park (IT), the Wycombe Law courts and London theatre trips as well as reward trips, such as national theme parks and Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland. 

SIXTH FORM

The Sixth Form curriculum caters for a wide range of learners and includes courses at
A Level, BTEC Level 3, BTEC Level 2 and GCSE. 

The specific subjects on offer are decided following a survey of the current Year 11 cohort.  This is completed to ensure our curriculum is tailored to both their needs and their requirements.  Examples of subjects on offer include: A Level Maths, English, History, Biology, Psychology and at BTEC L3 Health & Social Care, Business and PE.  We are constantly tailoring and expanding our Sixth Form curriculum to meet the needs of our students with A Levels in Spanish, Politics and Geography all added over the past two years.

Students who have failed to achieve a grade 4 at English or Maths at GCSE level will have the opportunity to re-take their exam during Year 12.

In 2017/18 all of our pupils continued onto universities such as Royal Holloway, Southampton and Aston or went into some form of work-based training. The school has an excellent retention rate of pupils choosing to return to our Sixth Form, with over 160 applications to join this year.