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The Curriculum at Woodham


The curriculum at Woodham Academy has been designed to maximise the learning potential of all students and promote ‘Achievement for All’. All students have equal access to a challenging and stimulating curriculum that provides opportunities, for the most able as well as supporting those from a lower starting point, to be successful. The curriculum balances the requirements of the need for the school to demonstrate its effectiveness through a progress 8 curriculum as well as providing a genuine element of choice for students during the options process as students enter KS4.


Key Stage 3

Students are grouped into pathways, red, blue and green. All pathways follow a curriculum that includes English, Mathematics, Physical Education, Religious Education, Design and Technology, Computing, Science, Art, Music, French, History and Geography.  Success and progress allow high aspirations for all. The main differences between pathways are essentially the pace and depth of study of complex topics.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 the pathways take on a more distinctive flavour to initiate the 14-19 learning continuum. Their characteristics are described in documentation provided for students and parents in Years 8 ready for Key Stage 4 studies in Years 9, 10 and 11. Students have a significant element of choice to allow them to put together a programme which leads to examinations and qualifications and which meets their needs and future aspirations. Where appropriate, students will be guided into pathways that allow them to access a full range of English Baccalaureate subjects.

GCSE options include Art, History, Geography, Computer Science and Media Studies.

Health and Social Care, Sport, Creative iMedia, Engineering and Music are vocational options.

The curriculum is made up of 30 taught sessions per week (6 per day). PCC is delivered during 4 Specialist days calendared throughout the year and covers all elements of Personal Social and Health Education with Citizenship, RSE, Careers and Enterprise Education (PCC).

The Curriculum - By Year

Year 7

Core subjects taught in pathway (ability) groups:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • History
  • Geography
  • French
  • Art
  • Computing
  • Music

Core subjects taught within blocking arrangements:

  • Design and Technology
  • Physical Education
Year 8
Year 9
Year 10
Year 11

The Curriculum - By Subject

  • Core in Years 7 and 8
  • GCSE in Years 9, 10 and 11 – AQA exam board
English Literature
Design & Technology
  • Core in Years 7 and 8
  • GCSE Option in Years 9, 10 and 11 – Edexcel exam board
Religious Education
Art & Design
Computer Science
Physical Education
Health & Social Care

Preparation for life in modern Britain



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