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Thomas Clarkson Academy Curriculum


The curriculum offers a broad and balanced range of subjects designed to support both personal and academic skill development.


Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8)

Year 7 and 8 students follow a Key Stage 3 curriculum consisting of the following subjects: English, mathematics, science, geography, history and RE, design technology, French, expressive arts (Art/Music/Dance/Drama), PE. SMSC and fundamental British Values is delivered through the tutoring programme.

The Academy operates a fast-track two year Key Stage 3 programme which promotes active learning and allows for a richer more flexible approach to Key Stage 4 and Post 16 studies.

Key Stage 4

Our students commence on a Key Stage 4 programme of study in year 9 and continue through to the end of year 11. They study a range of compulsory and optional subjects including English Language and English Literature, mathematics, combined science, additional science, French, geography, history, design technology, food, textiles, Philosophy & ethics, business studies, ICT, Computer Science, PE, Sport, media, music, dance, art, drama, health & social care.

The Academy also has a dedicated careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) team who target students more creatively, offer interview preparation/techniques and access to further enrichment activities such as visits to universities, interview skills courses and presentations in school by motivational speakers from the public and private sector. Students continue to receive a comprehensive SMSC programme through the tutoring programme which includes fundamental British Values.

Key Stage 5

At Post 16, students undertake core academic studies which consist of a group of optional subjects chosen from a selection of academic and applied courses, full details of which are given in the Academy prospectus. The subject choices are facilitated through an option framework designed to allow maximum choice and flexibility to facilitate individual choice.

At KS5 our range of courses changes each year in order to respond to the needs of the students. Our aim is to provide students with a range of subjects that will allow them to specialise in areas that interest them and that they wish to study further at university. Along with their core options choices, all students take part in an enrichment programme where they will study courses in work skills. For more information regarding our Sixth Form curriculum please click here

PREP School

Our PREP School is an internal intervention facility for students who display signs of low self-confidence as well as poor behaviour for learning. The aim of this facility is to support students in all aspects of their social, emotional and behavioural development in order that they can successfully reintegrate back into main-stream lessons.

Curriculum Support across the academy

  • Supernumerary teachers in English and Maths to provide small group teaching for students in need of additional support
  • Specialised ACE curriculum to low attaining students on entry in Year 7 and Year 8
  • Session 5 Compulsory Tutoring for Year 11
  • Session 5 revision and coursework booster sessions for KS4 pupils to ensure support in preparation for exams
  • Session 5 enrichment programme available for all students
  • Revision sessions are held for targeted pupils during half term and end of term holidays
  • Extended library opening hours to provide resources and facilities for homework and revision
  • LAC students are offered a tailored and bespoke programme of study to meet their individual needs and are monitored by our dedicated LAC coordinator
  • A Pupil Premium coordinator is employed to monitor the progress of PPM students as well as ensure all PPM strategies across the school are being measured for impact
  • Dedicated EAL team who support all aspects of the integration of EAL pupils into the academy community
  • Dedicated SEND team who offer specialised support to pupils with EHCPs & statements