Ark Walworth Academy Curriculum principles 

 

CURRICULUM STRUCTURES 

 

At Key Stage 5

The curriculum offers two routes:

  • *A two year, Level 3 programme of study comprising 3 A levels or one BTEC qualification, enrichment, CEIAG through the ‘Professional Pathwaysprogramme, a pastoral curriculum, and a bespoke allocation of individual and group study.

 
  • *A three year, foundation pathway comprising a taught re-sit of either English or maths GCSE, alongside the BTEC Level 3 business qualification, enrichment, CEIAG through the ‘Professional Pathwaysprogramme, a pastoral curriculum, and a bespoke allocation of individual and group study.

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At Key Stage 4

The curriculum typically offers the opportunity to achieve nine Level 2 qualifications. Where National Curriculum subjects do not feature on the timetable, the skills taught are mapped across other provision to ensure that a full balanced curriculum is delivered. All students study for GCSE in English language and literature, mathematics, Science (either combined or separate sciences), with options including Business, Art, Performing arts, Spanish, French, Music, Textiles, Photography, Computer Science, IT, History and Geography. Community Languages are actively promoted for our students, with after school lessons offered in some languages where helpful to cohorts. For some students, the curriculum offers the opportunity to take entry level and Level 1 qualifications in English Language, though all students are given the opportunity to study for both literature and language GCSEs. All students have a full pastoral curriculum, enrichment programme, Physical Education (non-examined entitlement), CEIAG opportunities and extended study activities in after school study club.

 

 

At Key Stage 3

The school typically offers a three year Key Stage 3 programme, delivering the national curriculum. Where National Curriculum subjects do not feature on the timetable, the skills taught are mapped across other provision to ensure that a full balanced curriculum is delivered. The curriculum is rich in its offer, meeting the demands of the cohort in offering subjects such as The Walworth Way, a specialist mental health and wellbeing lesson helping to promote student wellness in the post-pandemic era.

 

NOTE: Multi-age class group 2021/22

 

Allocated to the KS3 timetable this year are a group of Afghan refugees; the school has admitted all children who arrived in Southwark from Afghanistan between years 7 and 10. The young people are currently in hotel accommodation, having arrived in August 2021 and been informed they would only be in the borough for 12 weeks. On that basis, the school admitted them to role and developed a bespoke timetable with a significant focus on the teaching of English and on familiarising themselves with the general principles of secondary education in the UK in preparation for their permanent housing solutions across the country. The families have been in their respective hotels beyond their initial 12 weeks already so the curriculum continues to evolve with the young people in the group; they learn a broad range of curriculum subjects, just as others do, and enjoy enrichment and a pastoral curriculum. As their English improves, a number of the students in the cohort have successfully been integrated to their age-appropriate year groups in order to move toward qualification within the UK system. Translation in Farsi and Pashto is present for much of the timetable in the classroom and many Farsi, Pashto and Turkish speakers within the student and staff community step in regularly to support the refugees. We very much hope that housing can be found for the cohort in London and these students can remain part of the Walworth Academy Family.

 

NOTE: Year 9 2021/22

 

In this year group we have altered the curriculum to address specific knowledge and skills gaps which have arisen over the recent disruption to education.

 

In this year group, the programme of study is adapted to include:

 

  • *Streamlined timetable options – students have expressed preferences for GCSEs. This enables increased timetable allocation over a period of three years in their chosen subjects, providing additional teaching time for their chosen suite of KS4 qualifications. This is in recognition of the gulf created by the pandemic for disadvantaged students, ensuring their portfolio of qualifications does not disadvantage them against their peers and gives them access to meaningful destinations post-16. This is an adjustment to account for the impact of disruption over recent years and is not anticipated as a permanent curriculum alteration.

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  • *Two small groups of students have been identified as needing additional English support – this is due to lower reading ages or needs presented by speaking English as an additional language. These students have additional English on their timetables covering Oracy, and preparation for Functional Skills qualifications in English.

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NOTE: Year 8 2021/22

 

In this year group we have altered the curriculum to address specific knowledge and skills gaps which have arisen over the recent disruption to education.

 

In this year group, the programme of study is adapted to include:

 
  • * Additional literacy withdrawal groups – students identified as having deficit in reading ages (through NGRT testing) are withdrawn for intervention on the Ruth Miskin and Fresh Start programmes to ensure they reach the required reading age to ensure they can access GCSE curricula.

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  • * Business as a discrete lesson – additional numeracy through financial literacy, and entrepreneurship is delivered as an options subject to support students’ knowledge gaps in maths and their group working skills.