All students at the academy will take GCSEs in English Language, English Literature, mathematics, combined science, product design and at least one of the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) subjects – geography, history, German, triple science or computer science.
In recent years, there has been a national focus on students achieving the personal EBacc, comprising English, mathematics, sciences, a language and either history or geography. This suite of qualifications demonstrates to future employers that students have a strong grounding in key academic subjects and so the academy is committed to giving students the opportunity to study this group of qualifications. Students choose, and begin studying, their options during Year 9 as part of their transition from Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 4 and the option blocks are created in such a way as to maximise students’ opportunities to study the personal EBacc.
The Confederation of British Industry has identified that more than three quarters of businesses expect to increase the number of higher-skilled roles over the coming years and in responses to this, all students at the academy study product design; we feel that this qualification supports the development of many of the skills that will be required, such as the ability to work with new technology, manage projects, collaborate with others and solve problems.
It is the academy’s aim that all students will study at least nine GCSE (or equivalent) qualifications, with the core offering described above supplemented by the other subjects that students can opt to study.
In addition to the range of qualifications detailed above, students have timetabled Physical Education lessons and also receive education in areas such as Relationships and Sex Education, Citizenship, Careers and Religious Education which are delivered through tutor time and our focus day programme.