Curriculum


The ACE Academy

 Curriculum Structure 2017

 

Our aim at ACE Academy is to provide a rich, broad and balanced and inclusive curriculum that motivates every student to love learning and have a thirst to know and achieve more. We want our curriculum to allow every student to be proud of their achievements, talents and strength and to understand which aspects of their academic development might benefit from the additional help or further support that ACE Academy provides.

It is the Academy’s goal to ensure that each student becomes engaged and fully participatory in all aspects of school life; curious about learning and the world around them and inspired to extend their learning and interests through the variety of wider-curricular clubs, outside of school and into the future.

The curriculum is designed around our core ACERS values of:

  • ACHIEVEMENT
  • CHALLENGE
  • ENJOYMENT
  • RESPECT
  • SELF-DISCIPLINE

This is rooted in our non-negotiable belief that every one of students can contribute and be more successful than they believe possible. And so, we are committed to providing a coherent, enriched curriculum to ensure that all children and young people develop the attributes, knowledge and skills they will need to flourish in life, learning and the workplace.

 

The Curriculum is composed of three Key Stages:

  • Key Stage 3: Year 7 and 8 (Lower School)
  • Key Stage 4: Year 9, 10 and 11 (Middle School)
  • Key Stage 5: Year 12 and 13 (Upper School)

Each student follows a one week timetable with 20 periods per week.  Each period is 1hr 15 minutes in duration. 

 The Key Stage 3 (Year 7 & 8) Curriculum overview

Year 7

English

Maths

Science

SOLACE

Performing Arts

World Languages

Physical Education

No. of periods per week

3

3

2

8

1

1

2

 

 

In Year 7, SOLACE (Self-Organised Learning at ACE) is delivered to all students for eight periods (two days) of their week. SOLACE is a thematic curriculum drawing on knowledge, understanding and skills from Geography, History, Art and Design, RE, Citizenship and PSHE curriculum. A central aim of the SOLACE curriculum is to support each student’s develop of independent learning skills, confidence as a learner and their core literacy and numeracy skills.

Additionally, students explore PSHE, SRE, Citizenship and Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural themes during Tutor time and through the Assembly programme.

For student for whom literacy and numeracy is below expected levels additional interventions occur during the week.

Year 8

English

Maths

Science

SOLACE

World Languages

Perform-ing Arts

Art

Human-ities

Design / Food Tech-nology

Physical Education

No. of periods per week

3

3

2

4

1

1

1

1

2

2

 

The aim of the Year 8 curriculum is to extend students’ skills and abilities to self-organise and develop their thinking and learning skills through the development of literacy, numeracy, independence and resilience in learning. As such, all students have one day per week of SOLACE. Year 8 students who require additional literacy or numeracy catch-up support through additional intervention groups.

All students receive Our SPACE (Spiritual, Personal and Cultural Education) through SOLACE which is complemented by the Assembly and ACE time Tutor Programme and explore PSHE, SRE, Citizenship themes during this aspect of their timetable.

The Key Stage 4 (Year 9, 10 & 11) Curriculum overview

 

The following level 2 / GCSE qualifications are studied at Key Stage 4:

  • Art  
  • Biology
  • Business Studies    
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Design Technology                 
  • Drama  
  • European Computer Driving License (ECDL)
  • Food Technology    
  • French                    
  • Geography
  • German  
  • Health and Social Care
  • History   
  • ICT  
  • Media    
  • Music
  • PE    
  • Photography     
  • Physics                 
  • Religious Studies
  • Resistant Materials
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Travel and Tourism

Core subjects

GCSE / Level 2 Pathway

Year 9

English

Maths

Science

PE

Our SPACE

Subject 1

Subject 2

Subject 3

No. of periods per week

3

3

2

2

1

3

3

3

 

For students in Year 9 requiring additional literacy and numeracy support, additional lessons are delivered as one of the Pathway Subjects. A Year 9 Alternative Curriculum programme is in place to support learners which includes the study of Level 2 / GCSE ICT and Level 2 / GCSE Sport complemented by the Duke of Edinburgh programme and additional numeracy and literacy.

Core subjects

GCSE / Level 2 Pathway

Year 10

English

Maths

Science

PE

GCSE History

Subject 1

Subject 2

Subject 3

No. of periods per week

4

4

3

1

2

2

2

2

 

For students in Year 10 requiring additional literacy and numeracy support, additional lessons are delivered as one of the Pathway Subjects. A Year 10 Alternative Curriculum programme is in place which includes the study of Level 2 / GCSE ICT; Level 2 / GCSE Sport, Heath & Fitness; Level 1/2 Motor Vehicle complement by the Duke of Edinburgh programme and additional numeracy / literacy.

All Year 10 students receive OurSPACE through a calendar of planned sessions, visiting speakers and events.

Core subjects

GCSE / Level 2 Pathway

Year 11

English

Maths

Science

PE

Our SPACE

Subject 1

Subject 2

Subject 3

No. of periods per week

4

4

4

1

1

2

2

2

 

Additionally, students are expected to engage in the afterschool extra-curriculum and intervention curriculum across the academic year. The details of which are communicated across the academic year to students, Parents and Carers by the Upper School team.

The Key Stage 5 (Year 12 & 13) Curriculum overview

In Year 12 and 13, students study a range of academic and vocational subjects. Each qualification, typically, is taught for 4 lessons per week.

Subjects offered in ACE Academy Sixth Form include:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Geography
  • History
  • Business
  • Law
  • Health & Social Care
  • ICT
  • Music
  • Drama
  • PE
  • Philosophy & Ethics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Art

For any students who did not secure a ‘C’ in GCSE English or in Maths, by the end of Summer 2016, resit-Maths and/or English lessons are added to their timetable each week to ensure they are well prepared for re-entry for these fundamental qualifications during the academic year.

To complement their Sixth Form studies, students embark wider curriculum qualifications such as the Extended Project qualification (EPQ) and IFS (Finance) qualification.

ACE Academy is pleased to offer a Level 2 Study Path for students who did not achieved five GCSE/Level 2 C grades/ Passes nor achieved a ‘C’ in English Language and Maths.

ACE Academy’s Level 2 Pathway includes:

  • English Language resit
  • Maths resit
  • Level 2 Hospitality
  • Level 2 ICT / Media
  • Level 2 Sport
  • A work-related programme

UCAS, Apprenticeship and Employment interview advice and guidance and application support is also all part of this post-16 curriculum offer at ACE Academy.       

 

 

 

 

How can I get further information about my child’s curriculum at ACE?

 

For any further information relating to any of the subjects, Key Stages, support or qualifications, please do not hesitate to contact the school to speak to following members of staff:

English:                                                Miss Loudon

Maths:                                                  Mr Mahal

Science:                                               Mr Young

SOLACE:                                              Mr Dowling

Art & Textiles:                                       Mrs Thomas

Vocational Studies:                              Mrs Lakin

Careers & Guidance:                           Mrs Cornfield

Design Technology:                             Mrs Harper

ICT / Computer Science/Media:           Mr Ryder

History / Geography:                            Mr Hooper

World Languages:                                Mrs Bevan

Literacy:                                               Miss Price or Mrs Clegg

PE:                                                       Mr Elmes

Performing Arts:                                   Mrs Greenoff-Cairns

Special Educational Needs:                 Mrs Kernan

Our SPACE/RE/Philosophy:                 Mrs Grainger

                                   

Year 7/8 – Lower School                     Mr Phillips

Year 9/10 – Middle School                  Mr Hamilton

Year 11 – Upper School                      Mr Davis

Sixth Form                                          Mrs Cornfield

 

Extra-Curricular Programme:              Mrs Haughton

Exams:                                                Mr Kelay

Whole Academy Curriculum:               Mr Barber