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curriculum

Introduction

The Weston Road Academy is committed to providing for all of its pupils a broad, balanced and personalised education.  The emphasis, in all years, is upon providing pupils with a varied diet of studies across a wide range of subjects.  Personalisation is achieved through high quality teaching.  Further, corrective literacy and numeracy schemes and 1 to 1 tuition are used to support the literacy and numeracy of those pupils who need this. Small-group English and Maths intervention takes place in years 10 and 11, again for those in need.

In year 8, pupils are given the opportunity to choose some of their courses to study, in order to pursue particular interests or strengths. At this Options stage, pupils are guided along a particular pathway according to their own individual strengths and weaknesses, but can ultimately make their own choices.   This allows pupils to follow a curriculum which is balanced, stimulating and of interest to them. 

Social, Moral, Religious, Spiritual and Cultural Education, Citizenship, Literacy, Numeracy, Economic Awareness, Health Education, Internationalism and Careers are delivered across the Curriculum, often in Ethical Studies.

In the Sixth Form we work in collaboration with four other schools in Stafford. This allows pupils to choose from a wide variety of academic and vocational courses.

Curriculum Organisation

 

Current Curriculum Day

The timetable operates on a 30-period week with lessons being in either doubles or singles.  PSHCE is delivered throughout the curriculum. 

Registration

08:50

Period 4

11:55

Period 1

09:05

Lunch

12:45

Period 2

09:55

Period 5

13:25

Break

10:45

Period 6

14:15

Period 3

11:05

Intervention

15:05


Year 7 and 8

The following table gives the breakdown of lessons in Years 7 and 8.

SUBJECT

YEAR 7

YEAR 8

ENGLISH

5

5

MATHEMATICS

4

4

MUSIC

1

1

COMPUTING AND DIGITAL LITERACY

1

1

SCIENCE

4

4

TECHNOLOGY

2

2

ART

2

2

HISTORY

2

2

GEOGRAPHY

2

2

FRENCH

3

3

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

3

3

ETHICAL STUDIES

1

1

 

In Year 7 and 8 it is only English, Maths, Technology, Art and PE that adopt any form of blocking. Pupils are taught all other subjects in a teaching group.  These are set according to ability, 7T and 8T are the more able, 7N and 8N are the least able.

Years 9, 10 and 11

SUBJECT

YEAR 9

YEAR 10

YEAR 11

ENGLISH

5

4

4

MATHEMATICS

5

5

5

SCIENCE

5

6

6

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

2

2

2

ETHICAL STUDIES

1

1

1

 

4 BLOCKS each of 3 periods

and containing a mix of the following (one of which must be and EBacc subject)

ART AND DESIGN

PERFORMING ARTS

BUSINESS STUDIES

COMPUTER SCIENCE

FOOD TECHNOLOGY

FRENCH

GEOGRAPHY

HISTORY

 

ICT

MUSIC

PHOTOGRAPHY

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

PRODUCT DESIGN

 

                                                                             

GCSE courses are offered in all of the above subjects, but where appropriate some pupils are following a more vocational pathway.  These include Cambridge Nationals in ICT, Cambridge Nationals in Enterprise, BTEC Music, BTEC Performing Arts, Technical Award in Performing Arts and VCert Health and Fitness.

The Learning Support department assists pupils with learning difficulties or Special Educational Needs and this is organised by the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator in close consultation with the Subject Leaders.

Sixth Form students benefit from Weston Road’s relationship with the Stafford Partnership.  The academy delivers English Literature, Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, History, Geography, Art, Psychology, Business Studies, at A Level and a Level 3 course in Creative and Digital Media. Others are available through the other Stafford High Schools.  

 

 Content: Years 12 and 13 (The Sixth Form)

Sixth Form students at The Weston Road Academy usually follow a curriculum of three courses of their choice. The intention is that the courses are pursued to full qualifications, although individual circumstances are considered.  Further information about the Stafford Sixth Form Partnership can be found in the Prospectus. 

Link to Partnership Prospectus 2017

If you require any further information, please contact the Academy.