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Thomas Clarkson Academy Curriculum 2017-2018

We believe in ‘Ambition for All’ and have a relentless determination for all students to succeed.  Consequently our curriculum is designed to ensure that our students are supported to fully achieve their potential and live rewarding lives in which no-one is left behind.   As such we offer a broad and balanced range of subjects designed to support both personal and academic skills and development.

Our curriculum aims to enable our students to:

  • Develop and apply a broad range of knowledge, understanding and skills, to encourage a love of learning and a desire for lifelong learning
  • Make the best possible progress and fulfill their academic potential
  • Develop their creativity and talents to the full

Our curriculum is designed to:

  • Provide challenge and stretch to our students in preparedness for 21st century living both as workers and as citizens
  • Personalise learning by ensuring it is flexible, appropriate and that it delivers a rigorous academic and vocational suite of qualifications that promote aspirations and ambition
  • Promote students' self-esteem and emotional well-being, offering opportunities for students to develop their knowledge, understanding and appreciation of their own and different beliefs and cultures
  • Make use of information relating to attendance, special educational needs and other baseline data in order to better meet student needs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

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, year 10 students studying Triple Science, and year 10 students studying French in addition to a GCSE Humanities subject.  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.

Time Break/Lunch Session
8.30 - 8.50   Tutor Time
8.50 - 10.35   Period 1
  8.50 - 9.20 Breakfast 1
  9.25 - 9.55 Breakfast 2
  10.05 - 10.35 Breakfast 3
10.35 - 11.50   Period 2
11.50 - 13.45   Period 3
  11.50 - 12.25 Lunch 1
  12.30 - 13.05 Lunch 2
  13.10 - 13.45 Lunch 3
13.45 - 14.55   Period 4
14.55 - 15.50  

Session 5:

Compulsory Tutoring

(Mon/Weds/Thurs)

 

Thomas Clarkson Academy Curriculum Overview

  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 OPTN 2
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

YEAR

English

Maths

Science

Hums

MFL

PE

Expr Arts

DT

TOTAL

7

4

4

3

2

*2

2

2

1

20

8

4

4

3

3

1

1

2

2

20

9

4

4

3

2

1

2

**2

**2

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.

**Year 8 – Mini option process

At the end of year 8 students choose to continue with 2 expressive art options selected from Art, Dance, Drama and Music. They also select 2 subjects from Computer Science, DT and Food.

 

Thomas Clarkson Academy KS4

YEAR

ENGLISH

MATHS

SCIENCE

EBACC

PE

Guided Choices

TOTAL

10

4

4

3

3

2

4

20

11

4

4

4

3

1

4

20

 

 

 

 

 

Thomas Clarkson Academy KS4 Options

In year 9 students choose which EBACC subject they wish to study at Key Stage 4*.  They can select a further 2 Guided Choices.

English Baccalaureate Subjects

Guided Choices

Other GCSE

Vocational

Triple Science GCSE

Computer Science GCSE

History GCSE

Geography GCSE

French GCSE

 

Art GCSE

Drama GCSE

Dance GCSE

Music GCSE

Business Studies GCSE

ICT GCSE

Design Technology GCSE

Textiles GCSE

Food Technology GCSE

Philosophy & Ethics GCSE

PE GCSE

Sport BTEC

Performing Arts BTEC

Construction BTEC

Engineering BTEC

Health and Social Care BTEC

Travel and Tourism BTEC

                                 

 

*Following a DfE announcement in August 2017, this is under review for 2017-18.

Thomas Clarkson Academy KS5 Choices

Year

Academic

Vocational

GCSEs

Supervised Study

12

3 A Levels

Level 3

Maths and English

All

13

3 A Levels

Level 3

 

All

 


 

Facilitating

A Levels

A levels 

L3 Vocational

Subjects

L2 Subjects

Biology

Chemistry

English

French

Further Maths

Geography

History

Mathematics

Physics

Art & Design

Business

Computer Science

Product Design

Government & Politics

Media

Music

Philosophy & Ethics

Psychology

Sociology

BTEC Extended
Certificate

Sport

Performing Arts

Health & Social Care

Travel & Tourism

Maths GCSE Resit

English GCSE Resit

 

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;
  • 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.