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Campsmount Academy

Campsmount Academy

Curriculum Overview

Our curriculum is designed to meet the needs of all our learners.  We aim to provide learning experiences that are challenging, exciting and fun so that students develop a life-long love of learning.  We aim to do this so that our young people become:

  • Successful learners who have high expectations, achieve, make good progress and enjoy their learning

  • Independent learners who are able to work with sustained concentration and with purpose

  • Resilient learners who are able to learn from their mistakes and not give up

  • Responsible learners who develop into responsible citizens and see the point of view of others

  • Resourceful learners who are able to find out, research and resolve problems

  • Creative learners who are able to think imaginatively and innovatively

Our curriculum model is intended to be broad and balanced with a robust academic core.  We do not believe in a ‘one size fits all’ approach or in forcing students down particular pathways, instead we adopt an individualised approach to meet the needs of all students.  Through this we aim to develop ‘truly great students in truly great schools’.

Key Stage 3 Overview

All students follow the National Curriculum.  The Key Stage 3 curriculum includes; Art, Drama, English, French, Geography, History, ICT, Maths, Music, PE, RE, Science and Technology.

Students at Campsmount study all these subjects in years 7 and 8 and will make some selections in Humanities, DT and the Creative Arts for study in year 9.  This allows students to personalise their own pathway, making choices suited to their individual interests whilst maintaining a good breadth of study.

A key feature of the curriculum at Campsmount is our programme of Aspire Days, where all students complete a different learning programme for the day.  This enables students to focus in depth on a particular subject or learning activity without the constraints of a fifty minute period.  Much of our personal, social, health education and citizenship is delivered through these days as well as through curriculum areas.

Key Stage 4 Overview

At Key Stage 4 students are maturing and developing.  They are more aware of their own strengths and interests.  Thus all students are given the opportunity to make some choices about their programme of study from a diverse selection of subjects, from the more traditionally academic to vocational subjects, within a broad and balanced framework.  Students will select four option subjects, supported by a range of information, advice and guidance given along the way.  They will also study Maths, English, Science and PE, with our most able students taking the separate sciences of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  Health, sex education, citizenship, careers etc will be covered both through the Aspire Day programme as well as in curriculum time.

The opportunities provided are part of the overall 14-19 provision.  Students are encouraged to see that the choices made at key stage 4 lead to further opportunities post 16 in our Sixth Form at Campsmount.  We are always looking at the suitability of the curriculum we offer taking into account the interests of our students as well as the local and national employment trends.

Key Stage 5 Overview

The Key Stage 5 Curriculum at Campsmount offers students the opportunity to pursue their own strengths and interests, building on what they have achieved at Key Stage 4.

Students are able to choose a programme of study from a wide range of courses including A Levels, Applied A Levels and BTECs which are all available at Campsmount.

The main focus of the curriculum is level 3 courses, however if students did not achieve a level 4 at GCSE in English and Maths then they will be able to re-sit these courses in the Sixth Form.  It is also possible to combine these with a three day college course.

At Key Stage 5 Campsmount aims to maintain the highest standards to encourage every student to fulfil their potential.  There is also an enrichment programme and year 12 students will be involved in work experience.  For those students applying to University there is bespoke support throughout the application process as well as help with applications for apprenticeships and employment.

Alternative Curriculum - ASPIRE days

Campsmount delivers Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE), Citizenship and Enterprise through alternative curriculum. These are known as Aspire days. These days are topic based and have brought national and international renown for innovation in education to Campsmount.

Careers Education forms part of our PSHE curriculum so students, from Year 7 to Year 13, can start to put their learning at school into the context of their own personal ambitions and future career aspirations.

If you would like to speak to someone about any aspect of the school curriculum please don't hesitate to contact us.