Curriculum Aims

CURRICULUM AIMS

To create:

  • Successful learners who enjoy learning; make good progress and achieve excellence
  • Confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives.
  • Responsible citizens who can make a positive contribution to society.

It is essential that the curriculum is organised in such a way that it provides students with the opportunity to learn expected behaviours and be successful in their learning so that we can deliver our mission and aims.

Strategic Intent

To develop a curriculum which:

  • Creates an aspirational high achievement culture.
  • Takes into account individual needs and styles.
  • Allows everyone to experience success.
  • Raises standards of attainment. 

Curriculum Principles

  • Clear progress over 7 years accelerating student progress.
  • There should be depth before breadth.  Maximise learning time in all subjects.
  • Additional time is given to English and Mathematics to ensure that students have the essential skills needed for life and to access the full curriculum.
  • Targeted support and additional challenge to ensure all students make at least national rates of progress.
  • Ensure all students’ progress is in line with national expectations.
  • Deep Learning Weeks to address SMSC and aspirations.
  • To support induction into secondary school for all Year 7 students
  • Additional time will be offered for sports, arts, catch-up and master classes through an extended schools programme.

Our Subjects

Year 7 Curriculum Periods per Week

Year 7 Periods per week
English 5
Maths 5
Science 5
PE 2
Humanities / History /          

Geography / RE

4
Modern Foreign Language /          

Literacy*

3
Art 1
Technology / Computing 3
Drama 1
Music 1
Preparation for Adult Life /          

PSHE (Tutor time)

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Literacy is for students who are below 4c in writing to ensure they have the skills to access the wider curriculum.

Year 8-11 Curriculum Periods per Week GCSE

Year 8 9 10 11
English*1 6 6 6 6
Maths 5 5 5 5
Science*2 5 6 6 6
PE 1 1 1 1
Preparation for Adult Life / PSHE (Tutor time) 2 1 1 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 8 - 11
History          

Geography      

All students study at least one of these subjects for 4 periods a week
Modern Foreign Language (French or Spanish)            Art         

Engineering

Food Technology

Drama

Music

Business Studies

RE

All students select two of these subjects to study for 4 periods a week.          

Literacy will continue for 4 periods for those students who have not reached the specific level to enable them to access the wider curriculum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*1 - All students from Year 10 will study both English Literature and English Language. Current Year 11 some students Study language and Literature whilst others do English Language and Literature and Media GCSE.

*2 - Some students will be selected to follow a triple science route dependent on their current attainment in Science.

Year 12 and Year 13 Curriculum Pathways

Year 12 13
A level pathway 5 periods per AS level – 4 AS level courses 5 periods  per A level – 3 or 4 A2 courses
Btec pathway 15 periods  Btec  15 hours  Btec
  5 periods AS Optional A level
mixed pathway 15 periods  Btec  15 periods  Btec
  5 periods per AS level course (2 courses) 5 periods per A2 level course
Enrichment 2 periods  
private study 10 periods 10 periods
community service Up to 5 periods Up to 5 periods
1 to 1 support As required As required
work experience 1 week minimum  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Walworth Academy Sixth Form places a strong emphasis on not just gaining high quality qualifications but also on a genuine preparation for the world of work which has its roots on work shadowing, work experience and networking.  A range of opportunities in school and beyond prepare students for their post 19 choices and our exceptional pastoral support team work with individual students preparing them not just to access their chosen degree course, but strive to help our students to find their vocation.

Walworth Academy is leading the way with a brand new ARK designed course for sixth formers aimed at closing the gap between school and the world of work.  ARK’s Professional Pathways programme will allow students to gain at least 200 hours of high quality work experience in Finance alongside their sixth form studies. Students will also take entry-level professional qualifications ensuring they are highly employable as school leavers, in addition to having the option of further study at selective universities.

Walworth Academy also offers a unique and bespoke enrichment curriculum designed to up the cultural capital of students so they can apply to, and flourish in, leading universities such as LSE, UCL and Oxbridge. 

Walworth Academy offers outstanding teaching and learning, an innovative enrichment curriculum including innovative partnerships with organisations such as Sherman and Stirling Law Firm, and personalised support and guidance that fully prepares students for the best universities. 

Deep Learning Days

These are days when the usual curriculum is collapsed and a range of other activities and learning opportunities in and out of school are organised. This is to:

  • Provide deep, immersive learning experiences so that students can have opportunities to learn from specialist providers or in different learning environments
  • Deliver opportunities for students to extend their aspirations beyond the classroom to the wider world. Furthermore, to enhance life chances through motivating and inspiring students to understand pathways to Higher Education linked to subject specific careers.  - University visits, and World of Work visits
  • Develop personal confidence and well-being so that students know how to self-manage in new learning environments and perform effectively in new situations and surroundings. To ensure students know how to keep themselves safe.

 

Deep Learning Experiences by Year Group

 

7

Study Habits – Timetable, Flashcards and Notes - Elevate British Values – British Museum Work Ready Skills -Team Building - Bridges Staying Safe – Law – Knives and Gangs  Mentivity   

British Values - Democracy

  

Staying Safe – Emotional Resilience – Mindfulness, Yoga

  

Pathways – City University

 

  

 

Staying Safe –Sex Education

 

8

Study Habits Timetable, Flashcards and Notes - Elevate Work Ready Skills - Team Building Staying Safe - Emotional Resilience – Mindfulness/ Yoga British Values – Democracy  - Proud to be British   

Pathways – Southbank University

  

Economic Well Being – Enterprise and Finance

  

Staying Safe – Law – gangs and Knives Mentivity

 

  

Work Ready Skills – Presentations

9

Staying Safe - Mental Health Awareness British Values – Liberty - The Holocaust Staying Safe – The Law, Gangs and Knives – Delivered by Mentivity Pathways 

Post 16/18 – External World of Work eg MEC/Tidway, Hunton and Williams etc

Work Ready Skills/Pathways – World of Work Trips Staying Safe – Sex Education – Brooke Advisory   

Study Habits - Reading

  

Work ready Skills – team Building – External Organisation

10

Religious Education  - Religion in the Age of the Media Work Ready Skills - Work Experience  Preparation Economic Well Being – Delivered by My Money Work Ready Skills/Pathways- 

Networking/Start Profile

Science Core Practical’s Staying Safe – Sex Education – Brooke Advisory   

Religious Education - Ultimate Questions

  

Work ready Skills – Communication

11

Science Science Science /ECDL Science /ECDL   

Pathways – Aspirational External Speakers

ECDL

 

  

Study Habits - Revision

  

Study Habits - Revision

  

Study Habits - Revision

12 and 13

Staying Safe - Managing Healthy Relationships/ 

HIV

 

Pathways – Post 18 Apprentices 

University visit

 

 

Pathways Post 18 Careers/UCAS 

 

 

Pathways Post 18 Careers/UCAS 

 

 

  

Pathways - Souhthmapton University

  

 

Pathways – Bridge U

  

Study Habits - Revision

  

Study Habits - Revision

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For further information relating to the Curriculum please contact the Vice Principal Katy Episcopo