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Thomas Clarkson Academy Curriculum 2020-2021

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 on 01945 585237 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 6 for Years 7 to 10 that runs from 2:55pm to 3:55pm every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Session 6 is an opportunity for students to access extra-curricular activities and in the case for Year 10, directed to intervention or compulsory tutoring by Mrs Tarsitano.

For Year 11 and Post-16 students, the academy day extends from 8:30am to 3:55pm every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. A formal, compulsory Period 6 is delivered during this time.

The Academy Day 2020-21

Session Time
Period 1 8.30 - 9.30
Period 2 9.30 - 10.30
Tutor Time (includes 20 minute breakfast break) 10.30 - 11.10
Period 3 11.10 - 12.10
Period 4 12.10 - 13.10
Lunch 13.10 - 13.55 
Period 5 13.55 - 14.55
Session 6 /Period 6 (extended day - Monday, Wednesday, Thursday) 14.55 - 15.55
Thomas Clarkson Academy Curriculum Overview 

Thomas Clarkson Academy Key Stage 3 – Core curriculum 

KS3 – 25 periods per week 

KS3 (7-9) 

Ma 

Eng & Dr 

Sci 

Hi 

Gg 

RE & PSHE 

MFL 

DT/IT 

PE & Da 

Art 

Mu 

Total 

Lessons per cycle 

25 

Percentage distribution 

20 

20 

16 

100 

*Year 7 Accelerated Learning Groups (ALG)  

Any students with very low attainment on entry will be placed in an accelerated learning group to enable them to access additional support and nurturing.  These students will access bespoke English and Maths lessons 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 Key Stage 4 (Year 10) 
 

KS4 from 2020/2021 – 28 periods per week* 

KS4 (10-11) 

Ma 

Eng 

Sci 

Opt 1 

Opt 2 

Opt 3 

Opt 4 

Core PE 

Total 

 

Lessons per week 

25 

Percentage distribution 

16 

16 

16 

12 

12 

12 

12 

100 

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In Year 9 students choose a full Ebacc or the Open pathway in consultation with Mrs Tarsitano (Vice Principal for Outcomes). 

Students commence their KS4 programme of study in the final half term of their Year 9 academic year.  

GCSE Polish, GCSE Russian and GCSE Portuguese will be offered as additional GCSE courses through the Session 5 intervention programme.  

Guided options: Students choose TWO choices from here if they follow the full EBacc pathway or THREE choices if they follow the Open pathway: 

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Thomas Clarkson Academy Key Stage 4 Legacy (Year 11) 
 

KS4 Legacy 2020/2021 – 25 periods per week + 3 x Session 6* 

KS4 Legacy 

Ma 

Eng 

Sci 

Opt 1 

Opt 2 

Opt 3 

Core PE 

Total 

 

Lessons per cycle 

28 

Percentage distribution 

18 

18 

18 

14 

14 

14 

100 

Thomas Clarkson Academy Key Stage 5 Choices 
 

Year 

Academic 

Vocational 

GCSEs 

Supervised Study 

12 

3 A Levels 

Level 3 BTEC 

Maths and English 

All 

13 

3 A Levels 

Level 3 BTEC 

 

All 

 

KS5 – 25 periods per week 

KS5 (12-13) 

Opt 1 

Opt 2 

Opt 3 

Supervised study  

sessions 

Independent study sessions/Intervention 

Total 

 

Lessons per cycle 

25 

Percentage distribution 

20 

20 

20 

12 

28 

100 

 

Facilitating A Levels 

A levels 

L3 Vocational Subjects 

L2 Subjects 

Biology 

Chemistry 

English Language  

English Literature 

French 

Further Mathematics 

Geography 

History 

Mathematics 

Physics 

Art and Design 

Computer Science 

Dance  

Drama 

Government & Politics 

Media 

Music 

Philosophy and Ethics 

Psychology 

Sociology 

BTEC Extended Certificate 

Business 

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: PSHE, SMSC and British Values  

Our PSHE and 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. RSE is delivered through the tutor programme and through bespoke ‘drop down days’. 
 
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 

  • 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.