Curriculum Description 2017/18

John Whitgift Academy offers a broad and balanced curriculum tailored to suit all abilities and aptitudes.

The Academy operates a two year Key Stage 3 and a three year Key Stage 4. The extra year in KS4 allows JWA students to better prepare for the more rigorous courses and exams introduced in recent education reform. This model also allows the Academy to provide more personalised pathways through the 13-19 curriculum for different groups of students and this broader more personalised curriculum increases students’ motivation and engagement, which combine to deliver higher standards of attainment.

Key Stage 3 – Years 7 and 8

In Key Stage 3 all students follow the same core curriculum, comprising English, Mathematics, Science, Art, Computer Science, Food Technology, French, Geography, History, Music, Physical Education, Resistant Materials and Life (this includes spiritual, moral, social and cultural education). In all subjects students are taught in ability groups. Regular assessment takes place and the setting of students is adjusted accordingly.

Key Stage 4 – Years 9, 10 and 11

During Year 8, students and their parents/carers make choices about which courses they will follow in Year 9  leading to the Key Stage 4 examinations and assessments at the end of Year 10 and 11. The Academy is able to offer a range of more than fifteen courses in Key Stage 4 leading to both GCSE and BTEC qualifications. Full details of each of these courses are in the options booklet, which is distributed to all students and parents/carers at options evening in Year 8. These courses include traditional school subjects such as geography and history and new subjects such as photography, health and social care and sport.

Whichever combination of courses an individual student chooses, all students follow the same core curriculum in Key Stage 4. This core curriculum consists of English, Maths, Science, Physical Education and Life (this includes spiritual, moral, social and cultural education). The core curriculum takes up 70% of curriculum time.

All of the pathways available to students in Key Stage 4 lead on to further study in post 16 education.