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Thomas Clarkson Academy Curriculum 2019-2020

Brooke Weston Trust Curriculum Statement

Brooke Weston Trust’s Mission is ‘to transform educational performance in the communities where we work through our long-term commitment to improve student achievement by removing the barriers to learning and providing opportunities for personal development.’ The intent of our curriculum in every academy is to deliver on this purpose. The implementation and impact of our curriculum in each academy is continuously under review as we develop it to meet the changing needs of our students and overcome barriers to learning in the communities we serve.

We are passionate and unrelenting in our desire to give all our students the best start in life academically and as citizens. Above all, we want them to be highly literate and numerate, able to access all the learning necessary to prepare them for a complex, changing, technological and competitive world.  We want all our students to be ambitious for themselves and about their futures, whatever their starting point. We will provide the quality of opportunity, care and challenge vital for them to realise their ambitions.

In our academies there is a strong culture of positive relationships built on core principles of ‘the Brooke Weston Way’. Click here for the ‘BWT Way’ brochure. We will know all our students well and care about them enough to challenge them enough.  We want all our students to be healthy and happy. We want them to be confident and skilled communicators with the core values to make and good choices and build successful relationships with others from similar and different backgrounds. To do this we must provide them with the breadth of cultural capital to be responsible and tolerant individuals who make a positive contribution to society.

The Brooke Weston Trust is committed to fairness, equality and inclusivity in its curriculum provision  across its academies and fully abides by the provisions as set out in the Equality Act (2010) and Public Sector Equality Duty (2011).

TCA Curriculum Aim

To deliver a broad and balanced curriculum, that sets at its heart ‘Ambition for All’. One that empowers all students to meet their potential regardless of their starting points, diverse and complex needs.

Curriculum Intent

At Thomas Clarkson Academy, we passionately believe in providing a culture of excellence for all, where education is at the heart of all that we do. We strive to promote successful, independent, creative and dynamic young people who are reflective, caring and empathetic to the world around them; young people who recognise their role in society, the importance of being good citizens and who embrace opportunities to explore and contribute to the awe and wonder of our planet. We will empower our young people with the skills and knowledge they need to make well-informed decisions about their safety, health and well-being, within a safe and nurturing environment, whilst promoting and championing ambition for all, self-confidence, aspiration and a love of lifelong learning.

If you wish to find out more about our curriculum, please contact the school office and you will be directed to the relevant person.

The Academy Day

The academy day extends from 8:30am to 2:55pm with the addition of Session 5 that runs from 2:55pm to 3:50pm every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Session 5 is compulsory for all Year 11 students as directed by Mrs Tarsitano (Vice Principal for Outcomes). These sessions are known as compulsory tutoring sessions and are part of our extended offer for students. These sessions are in addition to core learning hours.

We also offer a strong and diverse extra-curricular enrichment programme during session 5 that all students have access to.

The Academy Day 2019-20

Session Time
Period 1 8.30 - 9.45
Tutor Time (incl 2 x 20 minute breakfast breaks) 9.45 - 10.05 / 10.05 - 10.25
Period 2 10.25 - 11.40
Period 3  11.40 - 12.55
Lunch 12.55 - 1.40 (whole school)
Period 4 1.40 - 2.55

Thomas Clarkson Academy Curriculum Overview (number of lessons in a week)

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Yr 7 Core
Yr 8 Core
Yr 9 Core
Yr 10 Core            EBACC OPTN 1 OPTN2
Yr 11 Core            EBACC OPTN 1 OPTN 2
Yr 12 A Level - Level 3 Research & Preparation
Yr 13 A Level - Level 3 Research & Preparation

Thomas Clarkson Academy KS3 Core Curriculum

  English Maths Science Hums MFL PE Expr Arts DT

 

TOTAL

Yr 7

4

4

3

2

*2

2

2

1

 

20

Yr 8

4

4

3

2

2

2

2

1

 

20

Yr 9

4

4

3

2

2

2

2

1

 

20

*Year 7 Accelerated Learning Groups (ALG)

Any students with very low ability on entry will be placed in an ALG as they require additional support and nurturing. These students are given additional English and Maths lessons at the expense of MFL to help them bridge the gap between their present standard and age related expectations. They will also be given additional support to facilitate access to the other curriculum areas.

Thomas Clarkson Academy KS4

Year

English

Maths

Science

EBACC

PE

Option Choices

Total

10

4

4

4

2

2

4

20

11

4

4

4

2

1

5

20

 

 

 

KS4 Options

In year 9 students choose which EBACC subject they wish to study at Key Stage 4.  They can select a further 2 Option Choices. A partial EBACC is available for some students in consultation with Mrs Tarsitano (Vice Principal for Outcomes).

English Baccalaureate Subjects

Option Choices

Other GCSE

Vocational

Triple Science GCSE

Computer Science GCSE

History GCSE

Geography GCSE

French GCSE

 

Art GCSE

3D Art GCSE

Drama GCSE

Dance GCSE

Business Studies GCSE

Computer Science GCSE

Design Technology GCSE

Food Technology GCSE

Philosophy & Ethics GCSE

 

Sport BTEC

Performing Arts BTEC

Construction BTEC

Engineering BTEC

Health and Social Care BTEC

Music BTEC

 

                                 

Year 9 options booklet - to be published here shortly 

Thomas Clarkson Academy KS5 Choices

Year

Academic

Vocational

GCSEs

Supervised Study

12

A Levels

Level 3 BTEC

Maths and English

All

13

A Levels

Level 3 BTEC

 

All

 

Facilitating

A Levels

Other A levels 

L3 Vocational

Subjects

L2 Subjects

Biology

Chemistry

English

French

Further Maths

Geography

History

Mathematics

Physics

Art & Design

Business

Computer Science

Dance

Product Design

Media

Philosophy & Ethics

Polish

Psychology

Sociology

BTEC Extended
Certificate

Sport

Health & Social Care

 

Maths GCSE Resit

English GCSE Resit

KS5 Study Programme: How TCA meets the requirements:

Substantial academic, applied or vocational qualifications that stretch students and prepare them for education at the next level or to employment
•    We offer a range of Level 3 qualifications, including 9 facilitating subjects. We also offer a range of vocational Level 3 BTEC qualifications. Students can select an Academic, Vocational or Mixed pathway. 
English and maths where students have not yet achieved a GCSE grade 4 (reformed grading) or grade C (legacy grading)
•    All students who join TCA’s sixth form without a grade 4 in maths or English will receive timetabled specific resit lessons. 
Work experience to give young people the opportunity to develop their career choices and to apply their skills in real working conditions 
•    All Year 12 students undertake two weeks of career relevant, high quality work experience. Placements are carefully designed and professionally managed. 
Other non-qualification activity to develop students’ character, skills, attitudes and confidence, and to support progression
•    Students experience a range of apprenticeship, employment and HE trips 
•    Students receive a range of externally provided workshops on relevant topics including driving, substance abuse and mental health 
•    Students are placed in specific sixth form tutor groups. They follow a specific sixth form tutorial programme to ensure they have meaningful and purposeful tutorials relevant to their current academic position
•    Year 13 students receive real life mock interview practise where they develop the necessary skills to succeed in both HE and employment interviews
•    Sixth form students form and lead the Student Leadership Team. These students lead the Academy student voice process and have the opportunity to feedback and make changes in the ongoing progressions at TCA. 
 

The Tutor Programme: SMSC and British Values

Our SMSC programme is integrated into our tutorial and assembly programme over the academic year and covers a wide range of topics that enhance, equip and provide our students a greater understanding of “Our World”. We have external speakers and events – such as; motivation, careers, counselling, bullying, enterprise, drug, hate crimes and great historical events, rewards and celebration to name but a few.

Themes covered:

  • British Values – Rule of Law, Mutual Respect, Tolerance, Individual Liberty, Democracy
  • Human and political rights.
  • Democracy (including elections).
  • Freedom of speech.
  • Role of media in everyday life.
  • Law and the Justice System.
  • Living in a diverse society.
  • Tolerance.
  • Community Cohesion.
  • Anti - Bullying
  • Ethical Issues.
  • Human and political rights
  • UK Citizens.
  • Multicultural Societies.
  • Democracy.
  • Types of protest (historical and current).
  • Crime and Laws.
  • Taxes.
  • Employer and Employee rights.
  • Volunteering.

CEIAG (Careers, Education, Information, Advice & Guidance)

The CEIAG team at TCA deliver a comprehensive and inclusive service which covers:

  • An introduction to careers pathways;
  • Options choices advice and option changes;
  • Choosing the right A levels;
  • Moving on advice – including applications to college, sixth form, apprenticeships and university;
  • Visits, trips, talks, careers events and experiences aimed at raising aspirations and broadening students horizons; and
  • Employment opportunities.

We are involved in a number of projects that encourage students to raise their aspirations and give them valuable experiences for the future including:

  • NEACO (The Network for East Anglian Collaborative Outreach), which includes Cambridge University, the University of East Anglia, Anglia Ruskin and the College of West Anglia. This project aims to improve social mobility and encourage students into higher education. Over 280 of our students fall into the target group, which is based on their postcode.
  • We are working with Anglian Water on a two year programme of delivery targeting Years 9 – 13, aimed at improving their employability skills and knowledge of career pathways.

We work with a number of partners including:

  • Oxford & Cambridge universities;
  • Other universities including: Lincoln, Anglia Ruskin, University Centre Peterborough;
  • The College of West Anglia & Peterborough Regional College;
  • The Skills Service;
  • Business in the Community – we are part of the Business Class programme;
  • Employers – Metalcraft, Tesco, Nestle, Lamb Weston & Anglian Water to name but a few.

Students also have access to a wide variety of resources to assist in developing their future including:

  • New Kudos – a careers information and search programme;
  • Unifrog & UCAS – which assists students in researching their university & apprenticeships choices; and
  • Books, leaflets, prospectuses etc.

Click here for details on CEIAG at TCA.