All students at the academy will take GCSEs in English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Combined Science, Design and Technology and at least one of the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) subjects – Geography, History, German, French, Triple Science or Computer Science.
In recent years, there has been a national focus on students achieving the 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 their options at the end of Year 9 and begin studying their options at the start of Year 10. Our option blocks are created in such a way as to maximise students’ opportunities to study the 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 Design and Technology – 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.