Curriculum Aims

Curriculum Aims

A) Depth

Key Stage 4 runs from Year 9 to Year 11. Students have two lessons per week per option. Year 12 and 13 students have nine lessons per fortnight per subject in order to allow adequate time for the more in-depth teaching and feedback that is required for them to achieve their potential. The Higher Sports Leaders Award is allocated 3 lessons per fortnight. As a result, students are as well prepared as they can be to achieve the maximum grades possible in all of their courses.

Where students are behind in core subjects, additional Mathematics and English lessons are provided by specialised intervention teachers as well as classroom teachers, during and after-school hours to ensure they have the best possible opportunity to reach grade 5s at GCSE level.

Further depth in students’ learning is achieved through our strong commitment to independent learning as a means of continuing progress outside the classroom as well as suggested reading lists to improve background knowledge. The planner is used to effectively communicate homework to parents so that parents can support their child in further developing their knowledge and skill base.

B) Breadth

In Key Stage 3, students are able to experience a wide range of subjects, which allows them to make sound option choices. In Key Stage 4, students have three options across a variety of subjects, including technology, the arts, and a choice of computing qualifications, thus ensuring that a balanced variety of subjects to suit all learners is maintained. In order to ensure students are able to achieve the Ebacc, students are encouraged to choose one option from Geography, History, MFL or Computer Science. From 2018 a broad subject offer will be available in Key Stage 5, catering for different pathways through to university, training or employment. For 2017 we intend to offer only a small vocational pathway at Post 16. There is an excellent choice of enrichment activities to further enhance students’ breadth of experience.

C) Skills and qualifications for life

It is vital for their life chances that students do well in English and Mathematics. There is a strong focus on the core in Bishop Young’s curriculum, as reflected in the allocation of time to core subjects in both Key Stages 3 and 4. It is our pledge to parents to do everything in our power to ensure that students achieve minimum good passes in these qualifications. We continue this pledge into Year 12 and 13 by providing GCSE resit classes in English, Maths and Science to ensure students are given the best opportunity to pass these subjects.

All courses we run are recognised and valued by colleges, universities and employers, and lead on to either further study or employment. Great importance is attached to the core, including digital literacy, as these qualifications are central to students’ progression in life.

As part of our timetabled curriculum, Enrichment lessons are given two lessons in Years 9 to 11. In Year 9 and 10 students study the Archbishop Young Leaders Award and in Year 11 they move on to study a variety of personalised courses.

Quality of experience

Students learn best not only when they feel they can achieve, but also when they feel motivated and excited by their learning. Every subject offered at all levels offers opportunities outside of the classroom, from lunchtime clubs to excursions to America!

The curriculum is innovative and enhanced throughout by technology

Bishop Young seeks to make the most of the ever-increasing array of software and applications available to enhance the curriculum. The increasingly diverse functionality of interactive whiteboards and Apple TV, including the use of a range of media, help to capture students’ imagination and retain their interest and motivation during lessons. Reading Matters is used to track students’ reading ages and inform interventions. Technology plays an increasingly significant role in on-going parental engagement.

Instilling high aspirations from the outset

At Bishop Young, our aim is that students have the information to make informed lifestyle choices from the earliest possible stage. They will therefore be asked frequently about their aspirations and potential career paths from Year 7 onwards. Information will be provided in bespoke lessons for example, during PSHCE lessons, and links to careers and future learning will be planned into schemes of learning in all subjects and at all stages. Students are interviewed intermittently with discussions linking back to their aspirational targets to ensure not only that students are setting the right goals for themselves, but also that they have a realistic grasp of the grades required to achieve them. Regular visits from university graduates and lecturers, in particular from the most local HEIs, take place to support a range of careers-related activities from Key Stage 4 upwards. There is Independent Advice and Guidance (IAG) provided at school for students and parents.

The ‘extended’ curriculum

At Bishop Young, we view enrichment as a central part of the curriculum, where learning is enhanced and complements the main curriculum. The enrichment offer, and students’ engagement with the programme, is a unique feature of the Academy, and the variety of the offer allows every student to find or develop an interest, hobby or skill that they are passionate about.

A commitment to experiential learning

Bishop Young is developing partnerships with a number of high profile organisations, including Duke of Edinburgh, Ahead Partnerships, the Rotary Club and numerous Universities. There will be frequent opportunities for students to visit a wide range of organisations and undertake projects, which enrich and extend their learning.

Our approach to Independent Learning

Independent Learning is an essential part of students’ education at Bishop Young. In order to become lifelong learners, students must learn not only to study when supervised in the classroom, but also independently, as they would have to do at university. Students who do not have a home environment conducive to longer periods of study are able to take advantage of the Academy’s homework club to complete their work. Teachers carefully plan and set tasks that not only consolidate learning from previous lessons, but also contain new challenges so that students continue to progress beyond the classroom. Independent Learning, therefore, must be an integral part of medium and short-term planning, and this is reflected in all curriculum plans. A variety of tasks is set, including extended writing, in-depth reading, research tasks and online activities in order to awaken students’ curiosity and motivate them to complete tasks to the best of their ability. All curriculum areas are supported by having the latest resources at their disposal and receive training on managing the marking load generated through peer assessment, self-assessment, self-marking online tests, and effective time management.

Independent Learning

Students can typically expect in each Key Stage:
Key Stage 3: 30-60 minutes per subject per week
Key Stage 4: 60-90 minutes per subject per week (with the exception of PE and PSHCE)
Key Stage 5: 5 hours per subject per week minimum.

Bishop Young C of E Academy

Bishops Way
Seacroft
Leeds
LS14 6NU

Tel: 0113 273 9100
Fax: 0113 273 4216
info@bishopyoungacademy.co.uk

Registered Office:

Abbey Multi Academy Trust
c/o Chapter House
Abbey Grange Church of England Academy
Butcher Hill
Leeds
LS16 5EA
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