Curriculum Overview

John Whitgift academy’s curriculum offers a broad range of challenging subjects carefully designed to prepare our students for further education and the local labour market. Following on from our well-developed KS3 curriculum, our mix of GCSEs and BTEC Tech Awards from year 10 create bespoke pathways to continue to interest, motivate and challenge our students all the way through their five-year learning journey. Our additional curriculum of personal development and EPC (Ethics, Philosophy and Citizenship) in interwoven into our main curriculum and is embedded in everything we teach and do. To further develop our curriculum for 2023/4 we are delighted to be incorporating new courses of triple science, computer science, travel and tourism and drama.

For more information about any of our courses or subjects, please contact Mr Bee, Assistant Principal for Curriculum:

To find out more please explore our curriculum intent and browse our subject pages below.

Our curriculum: (Intent)

  • is sequenced to enable pupils to build their knowledge and skills over time
  • provides deep, sustained and valuable learning for all pupils, including those with SEND
  • provides opportunities to develop levels of literacy and numeracy across all curricular areas
  • promotes opportunities across the curriculum for the development of good student health and well being
  • recognises the importance of digital literacy and provides opportunities for the development of
  • the skills pupils need to function safely and responsibly in a technological world
  • provides a range of academic, technical and vocational courses which challenge, engage and motivate pupils
  • develops cultural capital across a wide range of contexts and experiences
  • ensures that all pupils make good progress irrespective of their starting point and those young people facing disadvantage are lifted from educational poverty

We recognise that to provide our young people with rich learning experiences in a range of contexts it is crucial to work in partnerships with others. Expertise often lies beyond the school and learning opportunities are regularly planned with partner organisations including, statutory and voluntary organisations as well as employers and charitable organisations.