Ormiston NEW Academy

Excellence through Endeavour

Curriculum

Our curriculum is innovative, challenging and built on a framework that places the development of essential skills and achievement of qualifications at its heart.

A copy of our Curriculum Policy can be found here.

If you would like any additional information relating to the Academy Curriculum then please contact by telephone Mr J Wilson at the Academy.

See details for all subjects, listed by curriculum area:

Look for the “See all” section at the bottom of each page, for all subjects in that area.

The Academy curriculum is designed to meet the individual needs of all students. We will provide a world class education which serves the needs of local businesses and the whole community. Our curriculum focuses on essential subject knowledge and independent learning skills. There is an Academy priority for all students to attain a high level of competence in literacy and mathematics across the curriculum.

All teaching in Key stage 4 and 5 leads to nationally recognised qualifications. In addition, the Academy has an extensive enrichment programme to enhance students’ learning.  Students are supported to make rapid progress by a range of qualified staff including Form Tutors, Raising Standards Leaders, Academic Coaches, Academic Mentors, Pastoral Officers and Learning Support Assistants.

Key Stage 3

Students follow a Key Stage 3 programme in which they study English, Mathematics, Science, Computing, Geography, History, Modern Foreign Languages, Religious Education, Art, Graphics, Resistant Materials, Food Technology, Performing Arts, Physical Education, Personal Social and Health Education as well as Citizenship The skills taught in Key Stage 3 prepare students for the rigours of Key Stage 4 study and end of course examinations.

Key Stage 4

In Year 9, students have the opportunity to experience all the subjects within the options on offer before making their final choices. This ensures that students, supported by parents and staff are able to make informed decisions.

Each student also receives impartial careers planning guidance through the dedicated Information Advice and Guidance Programme (IAG). These lessons are designed to support and inform the options choices process.

Students choose their subjects in accordance with their abilities, aptitudes and interests. Once the options have been agreed, these will continue into years 10 and 11. All students study English, Mathematics, Science and Physical Education. Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education (SMSC) are all covered within the broader curriculum.

To view the Key Stage 4 subject options click here.

Key Stage 5

The academy sixth form offers a wide range of academic and vocational courses to students. Click here for information on sixth form courses.

The English Baccalaureate

The English Baccalaureate (E-Bacc) acknowledges that students have achieved GCSE grades A*- C in English, Mathematics, Science, either History or Geography and a language such as French or Spanish.

E-Bacc subjects are available in our KS4 options process for those students who wish to study them. Most students will study a minimum of 5 subjects from this list.

Core curriculum

English

English is taught across all Key Stages and students study a wide range of texts. They take part in discussions, debates and presentations as well as engage with numerous writing tasks that will cover a variety of forms including plays, stories, poems, formal reports and essays.  In Key Stage 4, GCSE English Language and English Literature are studied by all students. English Language and Literature form part of our Key Stage 5 offer.

Mathematics

Mathematics is taught across all Key Stages. Students are taught to apply their Mathematical knowledge and understanding to every day situations so they are well prepared for when this is relevant in adult life.  In Key Stage 4, GCSE Mathematics is studied by all students, some of whom may also study GCSE Statistics.  Mathematics qualifications form part of our Key Stage 5 offer.

Mathematics Across the Curriculum

Students are given the opportunity to develop further their Mathematical knowledge and skills in lessons throughout the curriculum.

Science

Science is taught across all Key Stages. As well as science theory, students are trained to carry out practical investigations and analyse the results.  In Key Stage 4, students will study for either two GCSE’s through the Double Science Award or they may choose to study for three separate GCSE’s in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  Science A-Levels as well as vocational Science qualifications form part of our Key Stage 5 offer.

Literacy

The Academy has a strong focus on literacy across all areas of the curriculum to ensure that all students are able to learn in every subject. Spelling, punctuation and grammar are a high priority in every lesson taught.

Physical Education

Physical Education is compulsory for all students to encourage them to develop a range of physical skills and maintain healthy lifestyles.  The Academy has outstanding Physical Education facilities including a Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) and fully fitted Fitness Suite.  There are many extra-curricular activities on offer and all students are encouraged to participate in these.

Religious Studies

Links have been established with a variety of local faiths whose representatives are welcome visitors to the Academy as are other representatives of the local community.  The Academy’s Religious Studies curriculum is based on the agreed syllabus for the City of Wolverhampton.  Religious Studies delivered within the Academy complies with the requirements of the 1988 Education Act. It is possible for parents to withdraw students from Religious Studies on the grounds of conscience, subject to discussion with the Principal.

Sex and Relationship Education

Sex and Relationship Education forms a necessary part of the education of every student.  The Academy takes into account available guidance to ensure that students receive appropriate teaching.  Parents have a right to withdraw their child from all or part of this programme if they wish, subject to discussion with the Principal.

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)

All students receive a dedicated PSHE lesson each week in which topics such as The Environment, Work Experience, Study Skills, Equal Opportunities and Preparation For Employment are taught.

Spiritual, Moral, SOCIAL and Cultural (SMSC) Development of Students

The SMSC needs of students are met in a variety of ways through delivery of curriculum content in the classroom, themed assemblies, work related activities, work experience, trips and visits or through extra-curricular activity.  These are further underpinned by the Academy Respect Value which drives both the ethos and Behaviour for Learning Policy of the Academy.

Careers Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG)

We are committed to an extensive programme of careers education and IAG delivered through PSHE and an increased input of work related learning which is coordinated through the Head of PSHE and Careers.  We are actively and productively strengthening our links with businesses and the local community to ensure we can provide our students with the exposure and access to as many external opportunities as possible.

The following links can support parents, carers and students when considering this important area:

European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL)

In KS4 Students have the opportunity to access the ECDL qualification. The ECDL is a high status Level 2 vocational qualification. Over 2 million students and adults in the UK have taken the ECDL since 1997. The ECDL equips students with the skills to use a computer confidently and effectively, building on existing knowledge (guided learning hours completed during Key Stage 3) and motivating further learning.

This Microsoft based qualification develops computer skills at beginner, intermediate, advanced and professional levels. In the world of work, the ECDL qualification assists with employability as it provides excellent proof of digital literacy. This qualification is equivalent to a full GCSE and is graded from a Pass, Merit, Distinction, and Distinction*. The successful completion of the ECDL is dependent on passing 4 separate units:-

  • Word processing
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Presentation software
  • Improving productivity

The course is delivered through taught inputs and on-line practice and exam ‘papers’. The unit exams are graded immediately and therefore students have instant feedback on their performance.