At Central Academy, we have reviewed our curriculum offer for all students.
Currently, students follow a two-year Key Stage 3 in Years 7 and 8. They follow a three-year Key Stage 4 in Years 9, 10 and 11.
At Central Academy, we are not convinced that a shortened Key Stage 3 enables all students to have the opportunity to study a broad range of subjects. The Key Stage 3 curriculum should be covered over three school years. It is important that students in Years 7 to 9 follow programmes of study which are line with the national curriculum’s expectations.
We know that the Key Stage 4 curriculum is more demanding than it used to be. However, this is not an excuse to increase the amount of time students should spend covering GCSE subjects at Key Stage 4.
We are committed to providing all students with a broad and balanced curriculum for all students from Year 7 through to Year 11. From September 2020, we will implement a Key Stage 3 curriculum for Years 7 to 9 and a two-year Key Stage 4 curriculum in Years 10 and 11. We have given our teachers twelve months for this to happen. Some of the planned curriculum changes will take place during this academic year. Other curriculum changes will be implemented for September 2020.
For our students to flourish at Central Academy, we must ensure that we offer them a well sequenced curriculum. We want to enable our students to build their knowledge and skills so that they can remember more, learn more and, as a result, apply this knowledge well.