Curriculum

Curriculum Overview at AGS

Our curriculum aims to incorporate our five key AGS Pride characteristics which are intrinsic to everything we do at Acklam Grange School.

Embracing the Personalising Learning agenda, our curriculum design meets our students’ needs and promotes lifelong learning. Students are allocated to one of four Personalised Learning Curriculum Pathways each following a varying route and ensuring access to a broad and balanced personalised curriculum. Our students can make the right choices for their ability and interests, strive for success and go on to follow the Post-16 progression route they desire. In 2015-16 99% of students secured a place with a Post-16 provider which is something we are very proud of.

As part of the school’s work on GCSE Reform, students now effectively follow one five year Key Stage which is designed to prepare the students for the rigours of the new, more challenging GCSEs from day one of Year 7.  Rather than the traditional Key Stage 3 and 4, students follow a very aspirational and challenging learning journey from Year 7 which focusses on the skills and knowledge required to successfully tackle their Year 11 examinations. 

 

In Year 7 students begin studying Mathematics, English, Science, French, Computing, Design and Technology, Art, FTT, Drama, Art, Music, Religious Studies and Physical Education.  This choice of subjects is then refined at the end of Years 8 and 9 so that we can personalise each individual students pathway.

From September 2017 to raise aspirations even further, we are now asking students to follow a three year EBacc pathway.  This entails all students beginning their GCSE studies in earnest from Year 9 in Mathematics, English, Humanities, Science and also French for students in the Red Pathway only.  This will be supported by students making further choices to personalise their studies even further for Years 10 and 11.

This layered approach to personalising the length of courses is a further improvement to the curriculum model we offered which enabled us to be in the top 2% in the country for Progress 8 in 2016, an achievement we are all very proud of and hope to match, if not better, in subsequent years.

Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural (SMSC) is embedded throughout all areas of our curriculum. PRIDE lessons are our version of Personal, Social and Health Education and offer a wealth of opportunities for students to access important learning experiences which significantly contribute to their development as independent and resilient learners and well-rounded citizens. PRIDE is also the vehicle for the promotion of British Values incorporating Democracy, Law, Mutual Respect, Individual Liberty and a Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.  

We constantly review our curriculum to ensure it meets the needs of our current and future students as well as our community. This is through a detailed annual curriculum review which takes views of staff, students, parents, governors, primary schools and Post-16 providers on board.