CURRICULUM

Our curriculum is designed to foster thought, curiosity and a desire for learning in all pupils, regardless of their backgrounds, strengths and needs. It should be a gateway to opportunity and to a fulfilling and prosperous life in modern Britain and beyond.

Our curriculum is broad and balanced, with an emphasis on academic success. We prioritise learning in Literacy, Numeracy, Languages, Humanities and Science. Our curriculum is both coherent and cumulative, with an emphasis on the critical importance of knowledge acquisition

Our curriculum aims to:

  • Cultivate well-rounded, intelligent and socially-aware pupils
  • Mould pupils into good citizens, with a sense of responsibility for their actions
  • Encourage civic and social participation within the community
  • Promote the development of young leaders
  • Allow pupils to develop their individuality
  • Empower pupils with the necessary skills and abilities to play a full and inclusive role within society
  • Provide a solid foundation for future learning at every stage
  • Deliver excellent exam results

At the core of the Academy’s curriculum will be a specialist and obligatory menu at Key Stages 3 and 4 for all pupils of academic subjects leading to the English Baccalaureate and including English, mathematics, sciences, languages, humanities, arts and technology.

Key Stage 3

The Academy operates a two-year Key Stage 3. All pupils will follow a traditional model of study, which involves core and foundation subjects. Pupils are offered extra time for English and Mathematics where necessary.

Subjects Available at Key Stage 3
Subject Exam Information
English Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
Mathematics Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
Science Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
Art Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
Computer Science Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
Performing Arts Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
Design and Technology Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
Geography Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
History Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
MFL: French and Spanish Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
Citizenship Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
Religious Studies Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
PE Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
Key Stage 4

The Academy operates a three-year Key Stage 4 where pupils sit GCSEs across both Year 10 and 11. Pupils make their GCSE choices towards the end of Year 8. Across Years 9, 10 and 11, most pupils will follow a combination of subjects which will enable them to achieve the English Baccalaureate. Pupils are also offered extra time for English and Mathematics where necessary. The primary focus is to ensure that every pupil makes above expected progress in English and Mathematics.

A very small number of pupils will undertake an alternative vocational pathway. This will be a targeted pathway which will ensure SEN pupils, including those supported with an educational health care plan (EHCP) and those newly arrived to the country, are supported in their learning to ensure they make rapid progress. Pupils will complete nationally and industry recognised awards and qualifications, developing a personalised portfolio to include GCSEs and vocational achievements.

Courses Available at Key Stage 4
Subject Course Title Core/Option Exam Board Specification Start End
English GCSE English Language  Core AQA 8700 Year 9 Year 11
GCSE English Literature  Core AQA 8702 Year 9 Year 11
Mathematics GCSE Mathematics  Core EdExcel 1MA1 Year 9 Year 11
Sciences GCSE Combined Science Core EdExcel 1SC0 Year 9 Year 11
Humanities GCSE History Core (pupils study one of the Humanities courses) EdExcel 1HI0 Year 9 Year 11
GCSE Geography AQA 8035 Year 9 Year 11
Languages GCSE Spanish Core AQA 8698 Year 9 Year 11
GCSE French Core AQA 8658 Year 9 Year 11
Computing GCSE Computer Science Core (pupils study one of the Computing courses) OCR J276 Year 10 Year 11
Certificate in Digital Applications (CIDA EdExcel N/A Current Year 11 only Current Year 11 only
Level 1/2 Cambridge National Media Certificate in Creative iMedia OCR J817 First taught in Year 10 2018-19 Year 11
Religious Studies GCSE Religious Studies Option for Y10 & Y11 in 2018-19.  Core in Y7, 8 & 9 AQA 8062 Year 9 Year 11
Physical Education BTEC Sport Option EdExcel N/A Year 9 Year 11
Core PE Core N/A N/A Year 9 Year 11
Art GCSE Art – Fine Art Option AQA 8202 Year 9 Year 11
Food Technology GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition Option AQA 8585 Year 9 Year 11
Performing Arts GCSE Music Option AQA 8271 Current Year 11 only Current Year 11 only
GCSE Drama Option EdExcel 1DR0 Year 10 Year 11
GCSE Dance Option AQA 8236 Year 10 Year 11
BTEC Technical Award in Performing Arts Option EdExcel N/A Year 9 Year 11
Business GCSE Business Studies Option EdExcel 1BS0 Current Year 11 only Current Year 11 only
BTEC Technical Award in Enterprise Option EdExcel N/A Year 10 Year 11
Child Care Level 2 Award in Child Development and Care Option NCFE CACHE N/A Year 9 Year 11
Prince’s Trust Prince’s Trust Level 2 Diploma in Personal Development and Employability Skills Option Prince’s Trust N/A Year 9 Year 11
  • For further information about our curriculum offer, please see our subject pages or contact the school directly at info@tong.staracademies.org.