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 2014-15 99% of students secured a place with a Post-16 provider which is something we are very proud of.

Our Key Stage 3 curriculum is followed in Years 7, 8 and 9 (with the exception of White and Blue Pathways who start GCSE courses in Modern Foreign Language (MFL), History or Geography and the Red pathway who study a three year MFL GCSE). Our students follow a broad and balanced curriculum which includes subjects such as English, Maths, Science, Computing, Humanities (Geography, History and Religious Studies), Physical Education, Design and Technology, a Modern Foreign Language, Drama, Art and Music.

Our Key Stage 4 curriculum takes place over Year 10 and 11 (with the exception of our GCSE History, Geography and MFL which take place over 3 years). All students study our core subjects which we believe are important to ensure a broad and balanced set of qualifications and courses to develop a well-rounded student. These are GCSE English Language, GCSE English Literature, GCSE Maths, GCSE Science, GCSE History or Geography, Computing, Physical Education and Religious Studies. In addition to these, all students choose a number of option subjects to continue to study until the end of Year 11.

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 curriculum review which takes views of staff, students, parents, governors, primary schools and Post-16 providers on board.