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Secondary Curriculum

Our philosophy is to ensure that every child is offered learning that supports their development, drives aspiration and creates opportunity for the future. Every learner is unique and as such needs a broad and balanced curriculum to help them. Our curriculum reflects our ethos of Trust, Respect and Inspire, and builds upon the rich community atmosphere that we have developed.

We acknowledge that some students need extra support and have developed our hub structure (the inclusion and support hubs). These are staffed by mentors and subject specialists who assist learners in accessing the curriculum.

The King’s Oak ethos (Trust, Respect and Inspire) means that we demand the highest standards of teaching from our staff and students. We believe that our teachers have the right to teach and that students have the right to learn. The TRI system ensures that this belief is realised.

Across Years 7 – 9 (Key Stage 3) we offer a traditional curriculum. All students in these year groups follow the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science, whilst exploring a variety of foundation subjects within the arts, humanities, modern foreign languages and design.

At Key Stage 4 students are offered a variety of subjects to opt from and are guided in their choices through a rigorous process. There are a wide range of qualifications and learning styles that accompany them. A number of students benefit from slightly alternative pathways that prepare them for appropriate Post 16 study.

PSHE and RS are delivered through a series of enrichment days which are developed around the British values and the current needs of the academy. The wider staff are involved in planning and developing these days, whilst subject  specialists are tasked with teaching the in depth content. Physical Education is taught regularly through the curriculum with a focus upon healthy living.

Moving Forward

We have the exciting opportunity currently at King’s Oak Academy to shape the future of all through education in South Gloucestershire and beyond. We are currently considering how the curriculum may look for learners in future years between years 1 and 11:

In years 1 – 8 students will work through focussed lenses, where many of the traditional subjects will come together to work around a centred theme or topic, often based on a particular text. Other subjects will follow a differing approach; Mathematics, for example, will use the mastery technique which has been adopted from teaching in Shanghai.

In year 9 students will continue to follow a traditional curriculum but, due to the nature of the developing GCSEs, will start these courses early. There will be a focus on building skills developed in our 1 – 8 curriculum, whist preparing for GCSE courses and content.

In years 10 and 11 students will select their pathway for learning (as per the current model) but with further experience of GCSE and BTEC courses to inform their choices.

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