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Thomas Clarkson Academy Curriculum 2018-2019

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 fulfil 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

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. 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 2018-19

Session Time
Period 1 8.30 - 9.45
Tutor Time (incl 25 minute breakfast break) 9.45 - 10.35
Period 2 10.35 - 11.50
Period 3 (incl 35-minute lunch break) 11.50 - 1.40
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

Comp

Science

TOTAL

Yr 7

4

4

3

2

*2

2

2

1

0

20

Yr 8

4

4

3

2

2

1

2

1

1

20

Yr 9

4

4

3

2

1

2

2

1

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

Guided 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 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

Food Technology GCSE

Philosophy & Ethics GCSE

 

Sport BTEC

Performing Arts BTEC

Construction BTEC

Engineering BTEC

Health and Social Care BTEC

 

                                 

 

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

Product Design

Media

Music

Philosophy & Ethics

Psychology

Sociology

BTEC Extended
Certificate

Sport

Performing Arts

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 practice 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;
  • 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.