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Curriculum Aims

The curriculum is organised to provide students with the skills and knowledge to achieve success in life. Our curriculum aims to:

  • Inspire and challenge all learners to aspire to high achievement
  • Provide a broad and balanced education for all students
  • Provide equal opportunities for all students, with high expectations for every learner ensuring appropriate levels of challenge and support.
  • Ensure all students are supported to gain qualifications that prepare them for the next stage of education or work.

Current Situation:

Implementation - The Curriculum

Key Stage 3

We provide a broad KS3 Curriculum which meets all national Curriculum requirements. This is taught in 25 hours of contact time over 30 periods each week and includes the following:

  • English
  • English Literature
  • Maths
  • Science
  • MFL
  • French
  • Humanities - History and Geography
  • R.E.
  • Music
  • Creative Arts
  • ICT
  • P.E.
  • Citizenship

For students who have low reading ages, additional timetabled reading tutorials are provided.

Increased physical activity is encouraged and is hugely beneficial in improving health and wellbeing and improving mental alertness, we have doubled our provision from one double period (1h 40 mins) to 2 double periods (3h 20 mins) per week.

Key Stage 4

Our KS4 Curriculum and option choices has been created to enable students to develop their passions and interests and ensure they gain qualifications to progress into further education and employment.

Our curriculum offers flexibility and choice within a guided structure. Within the framework, all students will take between 8 and 10 GCSEs according to their ability. Students can study the full EbaCC, we offer students the opportunity to study triple science.

All students must study a core curriculum: English, English Literature, Maths, Science, Citizenship & R.E. and P.E.

Students must then choose a further EbaCC subject and 3 free option choices which may be EbaCC subjects.

Option choices: Art, Design Technology, French, Geography, History, ICT, Music, Performing Arts, Physical Education and R.E.

Current numbers (2018/2019):


Triple Science

Foreign Language

Full EbaCC













The type of qualification may vary depending on the ability of the students.

In addition to our timetabled provision, we offer a wide range of extracurricular activities and additional support outside the classroom for subject specific enhancement.

Pastoral system provides further extension activities across the academy through inter-house competitions encouraging high participation.


  • We offer alternative pathways for students dependent upon their ability to ensure they gain the best preparation for the next stage of their educational journey.
  • We place great emphasis on providing a wide range of subjects and extra-curricular activities to help students acquire knowledge, understanding and skills in all areas including languages, technology, the arts and physical activity.
  • Our focus with increased lesson time in English and Maths is structured to enable students to develop basic skills and access all curriculum areas.
  • We offer a range of subject choices and guide students to balance their allocations in order to achieve maximum outcomes for future education/employment.
  • Ensuring students are supported to achieve their potential in Maths and English enable them to be highly employable.
  • Our citizenship programme ensures students are well-prepared and offered taster opportunities to make informed choices for post-16.

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Somercotes Academy Principal

Frances Green