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The Curriculum

At Brooke Weston, we have high expectations for every child. Underpinned by our values of Excellence, Resilience and Ambition, together our staff and students strive to exceed the limits of their potential through a rigorous curriculum which meets the needs of individual learners’ talents and interests and building the foundation for their future.

Our curriculum offers a wide breadth of academic subjects, alongside the development of essential skills that help our students grow to become confident, independent individuals and excellent communicators.

Curriculum Information

The student is at the centre of our curriculum model. We believe strongly that a ‘traditional’ curriculum for the majority of students provides the best currency to access university, apprenticeship or work successfully. The majority of students follow the Ebacc but, where appropriate, a bespoke curriculum is offered. P8 outcomes evidence the success of our curriculum. Class sizes are small with an average of 27 students

The Academy day is split into 5 x 75 minute lessons with a 15 minute breakfast in the morning and 30 minutes for meals operate via a rota system. There is a 15 minute tutor and assembly time each day. There is a 30 minute extended tutor time on a Wednesday. Students are able to stay after school from Monday to Thursday until 6pm to take part in extra-curricular activities. The Academy is open 51 weeks of the year allowing students to access academic or student care support.

Key Stage 3

The Academy operates a two-year KS3 curriculum with students taught a broad and balanced curriculum in both mixed ability and banded classes. In year 9 students have the opportunity to tailor their curriculum in non-core areas, enabling them the opportunity for deeper academic study in their options. Final GCSE options are agreed at the end of year 9. The curriculum is as follows:

Subject / Year
(lessons per week)

(lessons per week)
English 4 3
Mathematics 3 3
Science 3 3
MFL (French or Spanish) 2 3
Humanities (Geography or History) 2 2
Art 1 2
BPE 1 1
CPD 1 1
DT 2 2
ICT 1 1
PA 2 1
PH&F 2 2
Enrichment (ICT in Year 8) 1 1

In Year 7 students have a weekly enrichment lesson where on rotation students explore a creative curriculum in different subjects. This programme starts with a term of competency curriculum lessons helping them develop the skills to be successful in their learning. In Year 7 the Academy has launched the PiXL Edge character development program and in Year 9 PiXL debate through a module in their English lessons to develop oracy.

Key Stage 4

In KS4 over 75% follow an Ebacc curriculum, whilst a small minority undertake a personalised pathway. Additionally students select a range of options (19 optional subjects available). The curriculum is as follows:

Subject / Year 9
(lessons)
10
(lessons)
11
(lessons)
English 3 4 4
Mathematics 3 4 5
Science 3 5 4
MFL (French or Spanish) 3 3 3
Humanities (Geography or History) 3 3 3
BPE/CPD (1 lesson per subject) 2 - -
PH&F 2 2 2
Options (2 lessons per option) 6 4 4
Key Stage 5

In KS5 we offer 20 A Levels and 4 applied general subjects. In Year 12 students select 3 subjects and choose a pathway (indicated below). Where appropriate some students study 4 or 5 A Levels. Each subject has 4 periods per week and in addition in Year 12 students follow an IEC programme and can also opt into core physical education lessons. The curriculum is as follows:

Offer / Year 12
(lessons)
13
(lessons)
A Level (lessons per subject chosen) 4 4
Applied (lessons per subject chosen) 4 4
Core Maths Pathway 4 -
Financial Studies Pathway 2 -
Mentoring Pathway 2 -

For more information download the relevant prospectus.

- BWA Prospectus

- BWA Key Stage 4 Prospectus

- BWA Key Stage 5 Prospectus

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