The curriculum ‘offer’ at Arrow Vale RSA Academy reflects the ethos and values of the RSA and RSA Academies. We feel that maintaining the breadth of the curriculum, and the creative offer at both Key Stage Three and Key Stage Four is vital to afford the necessary educational and career opportunities for all, and have hence resisted the pressure to reduce our students’ option choices.
Our curriculum is designed to achieve the following aims:
Key Stage 3
Students are divided into two bands. Students are set, based on ability, for English, maths & Science. For the remainder of subjects studied, students are placed into mixed ability groups, with the exception of the students with the highest prior attainment who are grouped together separately as part of the academies HPA strategy.
The curriculum in Year 9 is set to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum. Students study Mathematics, English, Science, MFL, History Geography, Art, Technology, Physical Education, ICT, Music and Drama. In addition to these students study Religious Education, Citizenship and P.S.H.E. through our Learning for Life Programme.
Key Stage 4
Students are divided into two equal bands and students are set, based on ability, within each band for English, maths and Science.
Each student will study for examinations in English Language, English Literature, maths and Science. Students are then able to select four additional option subjects. These maybe further GCSEs (including triple Science), or alternatively, high quality vocational subjects which could provide a pathway to realistic and potentially rewarding career options.
As an Academy we would agree that for some students studying a humanity and a language (in addition to the core) is likely to provide a strong foundation for further study at A level and degree, and enable students to keep their options open for a wide range of degree subjects and career opportunities. The vast majority of RSA Academy Arrow Vale students will study either History, Geography or a language, or indeed a combination of these.
Alongside the examination subjects the students will also follow a Physical Education and Learning for Life curriculum.
We feel that decisions made about which courses to study should be for the students themselves to make in consultation with their parents/carers and teachers. The decisions should consider whether the student is likely to succeed in the subject choices, and how far studying this set of GCSEs contributes positively to their future education and career ambitions.
Subjects are selected from the following typical offer:
Key Stage 5
Students in the Sixth Form will choose to study between three and four subjects at AS/A Level or equivalent. The number chosen will depend upon results achieved at Key Stage 4. Students can choose between an academic pathway (A Levels), a vocational pathway (equivalents), or a combination of the two. Subjects are selected from the following typical offer:
Further details of specific time allocations afforded to each subject, at each Key Stage can be found in the Curriculum Plan. Curriculum Provision across all Key Stages is reviewed annually.