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The Curriculum Offer at KSA

At KSA we pride ourselves on ensuring that all students are successful in their learning and we focus on supporting all students to make exceptional progress in all subjects that they are studying. Our curriculum focuses on high expectations of achievement for all; this is supported through the highly personalised approach to teaching in the classroom.

Our curriculum offer allows our students the opportunity to follow programmes of study that are both broad and balanced. This ensures that our students are prepared for the opportunities, the responsibilities and the experiences adult life has to offer. We provide a competitive curriculum that allows our students the opportunity to compete with their peers locally and nationally when applying for sixth form, college, apprenticeships and universities.

In addition to the academic curriculum, all students follow a pastoral curriculum that encompasses citizenship, careers and personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE). This, in addition to the vast array of extra-curricular opportunities on offer, allows our students the opportunity to develop the spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness and their mental and physical resilience and aptitudes.

A copy of KSA's curriculum plan for Year 7-11 students can be found here.

Students in Years 7, 8 & 9 follow the National Curriculum. There is a strong focus on the core areas of English, maths and science where students have four lessons per week. The Key Stage 3 Curriculum allows students to build on those skills learned at primary level and is an exciting phase of their school career that prepares them successfully to access KS4 & further study and beyond into the world of work. Students also study the compulsory subjects of both Religious Education (as part of a humanities rotation) and sex and relationship education (through science lessons and a unit as part of the pastoral curriculum) at key stage 3. Parents should be aware that for RE and SRE they can ask for their children to be taken out of the whole lesson or part of it.

Students in Key Stage 3 also follow courses in:

  • Modern Foreign Languages (French or German)
  • Humanities (geography, history and religious education)
  • Music
  • Design Technology
  • Art and Design
  • Drama
  • Physical Education

For further information regarding Key Stage 3 programmes of study please contact Vice Principal Mr S Anderson. For further information regarding the programmes of study for individual subjects please see the subject pages.

Key Stage 4 is the period when students build on their earlier learning and prepare for adult life, higher education and employment. Students in Year 10 start GCSE courses and other nationally recognised qualifications including BTECs.

All students study the core subjects or English, maths and science for four lessons per week.

The core curriculum

  • English language
  • English literature
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Education and Sex and Relationships Education - studied within the pastoral curriculum

Students have four further subject choices that they can make however one subject choice must include at least one of either geography, history, French, German, triple science or computer science. Full details of the optional curriculum offer and a list of the qualifications that we offer at Key Stage 4 can be found in the Subject Guidance Booklet.

Click here to read the year 10 & 11 Subject Guidance Booklet

For further information regarding Key Stage 4 programmes of study please contact Vice Principal Mr S Anderson. For further information regarding the programmes of study for individual subjects please see the subject pages.

All sixth form students, whether they are studying academic, applied or technical qualifications are given the guidance that allows them to choose courses which will allow them to progress to the next stage of their education or training or employment. This can include the study of English and maths where students do not hold a GCSE graded A*-C in these subjects.  Full information regarding the sixth form can be found here.

Click here to read the sixth form prospectus

For further information regarding the sixth form and programmes of study please contact Head of Sixth Form, Ms Rachael Daies. For further information regarding the programmes of study for individual subjects please see the subject pages.

Students have five 30-minute tutor time sessions a week, one of which is a year group assembly.

Click here to see the pastoral curriculum timetable

Each student’s tutor acts as a personal mentor who guides them towards achieving their potential and is the first point of contact for a student's family. They also analyse the regular progress data on students to ensure they achieve the very best they can.

In addition to the form tutor, each Year Group has a Progress Leader and a Student Support Officer to support the needs of the year group and of individual students. The Progress Leader is dedicated to ensuring each student makes the progress that they are capable of across all their subjects. The Student Support Officers work to meet the pastoral and welfare needs of all students and are always available to communicate with families.

For further information regarding students’ pastoral curriculum please contact  Vice Principal Ms Claire Greaves.

At KSA we offer our students the opportunity to participate in a wide range of academic, sporting and cultural opportunities that support the daily curriculum and the achievement of students. 

For example, students can undertake the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme (DofE) from age 14 onwards. The scheme is designed to develop students’ skills and personal qualities, helps them to socially interact and develop teamwork skills and can help them to stand out from the crowd when applying for university and jobs.  The award scheme allows students to work towards a bronze, silver or gold award by the age of 24 years. It is separated into five sections: volunteering, physical, skills, expedition and for those going for the gold award, a residential activity.

Similarly, an opportunity that the older students have is to participate in an expedition through Camps International, an organisation who specialise in sustainable and ethical expeditions. The expeditions give students the opportunity to gain a life changing experience through travelling to and completing charitable environmental and community projects in disadvantaged areas around the world.

 Previously expeditions from KSA have been to Tanzania whilst in the summer of 2016, some of our year 11 and 12 students had the opportunity to spend 4 weeks completing projects in Peru. There was also an adventure element to the experience, which allowed students to trek up Machu Picchu as well as see the sights of Lake Titicaca. An important aspect to the project is the fundraising element which develops our students’ creativity, teamwork, organisation and interpersonal skills whilst teaching them about resilience and time management. 

For further information regarding DofE and Camps International please contact Miss Rachael Davies.