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Alleyne’s Academy Curriculum

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Year 9 (2017)

For students who arrive at Alleyne’s Academy in Year 9 in September 2017, the curriculum is arranged into a two week timetable, comprising of 50 one hour lessons in the subjects studied.  Students also meet with their Form Tutors for registration in the morning and again after lunch.  The afternoon registration time allows students to work with their tutors on a variety of topics, including PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education), study skills and aspects of enterprise and charity work.  These sessions also enable students to explore British Values and how to keep themselves safe from extremism and radicalisation. You can read more about these topics here.  In Year 9, we also focus on developing the vital skills students need for learning through a series of ‘Building Learning Power’ sessions.  These intensive learning opportunities are a fresh and energising way to learn and make a welcome addition to the learning experience at Alleyne’s Academy.

In the core subjects students are set into ability groups for teaching, whilst in others they are taught in mixed ability classes.  The number of lessons students spend in each subject area reflects the content of its curriculum: there are more lessons of English, Mathematics and Science to reflect the value placed on these subjects within the curriculum.

An exciting change for September 2017 is that students will select their GCSE option subjects during Year 8 so that they can begin their full GCSE studies with us at Alleyne’s from September of Year 9.  The process supporting Year 8 learners of 2016/17 in selecting their options begins in November 2016.  There will be a series of activities that will provide information for students and parents including material about the qualifications and courses on offer.  Students will be fully involved in the process and once they have completed their preference forms, they will have an opportunity to “taste” their preferred subjects.  Towards the end of the year, each person will have an individual meeting with a member of the school’s Leadership Team to discuss their choices and how these support their potential future plans.

In addition to attending lessons in their preferred subjects, students will also experience some lessons in core subjects and will meet with their tutor and tutor group for some activities.  As a result of this preparation, when the new year starts in September 2017 all our students should feel equipped for the transition to High School and looking forward to the curriculum experience that it offers.

Details will be provided, as we move through this academic year, in our “Students” section of the website.

Year 9 (2016)

When students arrive at Alleyne’s Academy in Year 9 for the academic year 2106-2017, the curriculum is arranged into a two week timetable, comprising of 50 one hour lessons in the subjects studied.  All subject areas work with students to develop the skills necessary for GCSE study.

In some subjects students are set into ability groups for teaching, whilst in others they are taught in banded or mixed ability classes.  The number of lessons students spend in each subject area reflects the content of its curriculum: there are more lessons of English, Mathematics and Science to reflect the value placed on these subjects within the curriculum.

Students also meet with their Form Tutors for registration in the morning and again after lunch.  The afternoon registration time allows students to work with their tutors on a variety of topics, including PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education), study skills and aspects of enterprise and charity work.  These sessions also enable students to explore British Values and how to keep themselves safe from extremism and radicalisation. You can read more about these topics here.  In Year 9, we also focus on developing the vital skills students need for learning through a series of ‘Building Learning Power’ sessions.  These intensive learning opportunities are a fresh and energising way to learn and make a welcome addition to the learning experience at Alleyne’s Academy.

Before starting at the school, students are invited to Alleyne’s Academy on a number of occasions to experience some of the subjects they will study.  As a result of this preparation, when the new year starts in September all our students are anticipating the transition to High School and looking forward to the curriculum experience that it offers.

Making Decisions

During Year 9 in the academic year 2016-2017, students are involved in Alleyne’s Options Process which aims to help students make their choices regarding some aspects of their study at Key Stage Four.  We ask students to select from one of two pathways:

English Baccalaureate Pathway
The English Baccalaureate is a measure that recognises students who have achieved GCSE Grade C/4 or better across some core academic subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, History or Geography and French or Spanish.  Students who are capable of achieving this are encouraged to consider this pathway.  The selection of a humanity and modern foreign language option, in addition to the Core Curriculum, also allows students to follow two further option choices.

Strengths and Talents Pathway
Students selecting this pathway still study the school’s Core Curriculum but are asked to include at least one of the English Baccalaureate subjects in their option preferences.  We consider all combinations of subjects based upon the learning profile and individual circumstances and needs of our students.

The full range of the Key Stage Four curriculum and option subjects can be found in the Key Stage Four Options Handbook for 2016/17.

The Options Process

The process supporting Year 9 learners of 2016/17 in selecting their options begins early in the Spring term 2017.  Students will be provided with information about the qualifications and courses on offer, through assemblies, tutorials, work on the Careers PSHE Day and through the Key Stage Four Options Handbook.  Additionally, a series of presentations by Heads of Department to students and a presentation and information evening for parents form a valuable part of the Options process.  Once students have completed their preference forms, they will have an individual meeting with a member of the school’s Leadership Team to discuss their choices and how these support their future plans.

Key Stage Four

Introduction

At Key Stage Four, all our students will study English, Mathematics, Science, and RE in which they will take qualifications. Additionally students also study a curriculum of Physical Education and PSHE (including British Values and how to keep safe from extremism and radicalisation – you can read more about this here), Citizenship and Careers education. Students then opt to study a range of courses which suit their interests and future career aspirations. Both within the Core and Optional Curriculum, the full range of qualifications we offer are valuable and useful for students, and are considered worthwhile by schools, colleges and employers. We make decisions about the courses and qualifications we select to offer with progression routes beyond Year 11 in mind. In addition we strive to provide courses that meet the learning styles and ability ranges of all our students.

Qualifications

The most common type of qualification we offer is the GCSE – which usually occupies 10% of curriculum time. The grades are awarded from A*-G, and achieved through a combination of examination and Controlled Assessment. Alleyne’s Academy also offers the BTEC First qualification in some subject areas. These are more practically and vocationally based and are achieved by a combination of examination and Controlled Assessment, with a large weighting towards the Controlled Assessment. Grades are awarded as or Distinction*, Distinction, Merit, and Pass, equivalent to GCSE A*-C as part of the National Qualifications Framework. The BTEC qualification is available as an Award, equivalent to one GCSE. Students can also gain these qualifications at Level 1, which is equivalent to below a GCSE C grade.

Making Decisions

During Year 11 students’ attention turns towards their next progression to Sixth Form, college or employment with training. We welcome many students from Alleyne’s Academy, and some from other schools, into our Sixth Form. We offer a full programme to provide our students with opportunities to make informed decisions regarding their future learning throughout the year, including opportunities for an individual careers interviews with an independent Careers Advisor from the Careers and Participation Service.

The full range of subjects which can be studied and more details of other opportunities and aspects of Sixth Form life at Alleyne’s Academy can be found in the Sixth Form Prospectus.

Key Stage Five

Introduction

The Sixth Form at Alleyne’s Academy aims to meet the educational needs of 16-19 year olds in Stone and the surrounding areas. The curriculum offers a wide range of courses that provide a varied, interesting and stimulating culture using the latest educational resources and information technologies.

Qualifications

The school offers AS and A2 courses, normally taught over nine lessons per fortnight in Year 12 and 13. Students obtain an A level by taking the AS in Year 12 and the A2 in Year 13. It is possible to take an AS course alone, resulting in a qualification which is equivalent to a half A Level. These qualifications are achieved through examination at the end of each stage of the course, and a contribution to the final grade is made from a Controlled Assessment in a few subjects.  The school also offers BTEC National courses which are equivalent to A Levels but are more vocational in nature. Assessment is based on a externally assessed units and a number of assignments that are carried out during the course. Some students will enter the Sixth Form without having gained a grade C or above at GCSE in English Language or Mathematics. These two qualifications are an essential requirement of an increasing number of Higher Education courses and most employers will insist on this standard of literacy and numeracy. In Alleyne’s Academy Sixth Form we provide opportunities for students to re-engage with these qualifications in order to achieve this required standard.

Enrichment

In the Sixth Form, we aim to provide students with the skills necessary to gain entry to University or prepare for further training to enter a successful career. Not all a students’ experience will be work-related, and a wide variety of enrichment activities are available for students to become involved in. these include Young Enterprise, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and a variety of artistic, musical and dramatic experiences. Sixth Form students are also encouraged to further develop their personal, social and communication skills through participating in opportunities including being a School Prefect, being elected to the Sixth Form Committee and participating in charity fundraising. Opportunities are taken to promote British values and raise awareness of extremism and radicalisation. You can read more about these things here.