BOSTON SPA ACADEMY CURRICULUM MODEL 2018-2019

We try to ensure that our offer always meets the needs of young people, the expectations of universities, colleges and employers, and responds to Government legislation and advice to schools.  Each year group is split in half to give 2 bands (B and S) and then usually placed in sets by subject.  This allows us flexibility in grouping students according to their ability in each subject.

This is a flexible curriculum offer and is reviewed annually.  Our most recent Year 8 and Year 9 Options Booklets are available here.

KEY STAGE THREE

YEAR 7

SubjectTaught Hours Per WeekGroups per Band
English, Mathematics4 each4 in B, 3 in S
Science3 each4
French, Geography, History2 each4
PE24
ICT, Art, Music, RE1 each4
Food and Textiles Technology, Design Technology1 each4

Students are in ability sets for most subjects  and are initially placed in these sets using Key Stage 2 data.  There may be some movement between sets once we begin to collect assessment data.  Due to timetabling constraints some subjects are asked to agree sets across learning teams.


 

YEAR 8

SubjectTaught Hours Per FortnightGroups per Half Year
English, Mathematics3 each3
Geography, History, French3 each3
ICT, Art, Music, RE1 each3
PE26 in Year Group
Food and Textiles Technology, Design Technology1 each3

Students are in ability sets within two half year groups for all subjects. There may be some movement in sets once we collect assessment data.


KEY STAGE FOUR 

YEAR 9

SubjectTaught Hours Per FortnightGroups per Half Year
English Language, Mathematics3 each3 in B, 2 in S
Science, English Literature, Statistics2 each3 in B, 2 in S
PE24 in B, 3 in S
Option Subject (3)2 eachTaught across the whole year
GCSE or VCert Option to complete at end of year 103Taught across the whole year

During Year 9 all students are given the opportunity to personalise their own curriculum and complete work to either a GCSE or a VCert Level 2 qualification which they have chosen to study by the end of Year 10. They also begin their option choices for completion in Year 11. Subjects currently offered include:

ArtGeographyPE
FrenchHistoryBusiness Studies
Computer ScienceMedia StudiesSpanish
Food and NutritionMusicTextiles

This gives our students the chance to experience exam success at an early age. Setting arrangements continue, as does the additional support for young people according to their need.

YEAR 10

SubjectTaught Hours Per FortnightGroups per Half Year
English, Mathematics4 each3 in B, 2 in S
Science53 in B, 2 in S
PE13 in B, 2 in S
RE or Intervention13 in B, 2 in S
Option Subjects (3)3 eachTaught across the whole year

The majority of students follow a core curriculum of English Language and Literature, Mathematics and Statistics, Science, PE and ‘The Box’. In ‘The Box’ over the course of the year the students cover work on Careers, Sex and Relationship Education, ICT, Citizenship and RE.  Science courses are offered, which include Fast Track Triple Science, Triple Science Option, and Combined Science.

In addition to the core curriculum the majority of students make a further three option choices.  Subjects currently offered include:

ArtGeographyPE
FrenchHistoryBusiness Studies
Computer ScienceMedia StudiesSpanish
Food and NutritionMusicTextiles

YEAR 11

SubjectTaught Hours Per FortnightGroups per Half Year
Mathematics43 in B, 2 in S
Science, English5 each3 in B, 2 in S
PE2Taught across the whole school
Option Subjects (3)3 eachTaught across the whole year

The majority of students follow a core curriculum of English Language and Literature, Mathematics. Science and PE.

In addition to the core curriculum students have made a further three option choices.


KEY STAGE FIVE – SIXTH FORM

Students currently receive between four and five hours of taught time per subject per week.  There is a large range of subjects on offer covering AS, A2 and BTEC Level 3 programmes including:

Art and DesignGovernment and PoliticsSpanish
BiologyHistoryPhysical Education
Business StudiesMathematics
ChemistryFurther MathematicsBTEC Football
Media StudiesBTEC Health and Social Care
EconomicsPhotographyBTEC ICT
English LanguagePhysicsBTEC Science
English LiteratureBTEC Sport
FrenchPsychology
GeographyPhilosophy $ Ethics

For students who require it we also offer GCSE re-sit classes as appropriate. This aims is to progress these young people into further learning or employment.


EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Young people also learn through extra-curricular activities. There are many residential visits, educational trips and activities which take place in addition to the normal Academy day, and which help enhance learning. These opportunities are shared with students by Learning Teams and Progress and Guidance Teams whenever they are offered. We need your consent for these if your son or daughter is to take part.

After school activities are also an important part of the learning opportunities offered to students and details can be found here.