Secondary Overview

At the Cambridge Park Academy, we provide secondary education for students from the age of 11 to 16 (key stages three and four).  In addition, we also provide post 16 provision at our sixth form based at our Cromwell Road Campus for students over the age of 16 and up to 19 years old (key stage 5).  Some students join our secondary department after having their primary education at the Academy whereas others join us at some other point throughout their secondary education.

Form groups are organised in key stages according to student ability.  In the 2018 to 2019 academic year there are a total of seven key stage three form groups and three key stage four form groups.  In addition, there is a further combined key stage three and four group for students with higher autistic spectrum condition and/or learning needs.

There are approximately ten students per form group with each form group having a form teacher.  Each form group also has additional support staff depending on the needs of students within that form group.

This form structure allows students to follow the same curricular themes across a key stage while differentiating learning for a wide range of abilities across form groups.

Overview of secondary form group structure:

Key Stage Three Curriculum

Students at key stage three study the following curricular areas:

  • English (including a 30 minute 'Read, Write Inc' session on four mornings per week)
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Art
  • Design Technology
  • Food Technology
  • Music
  • Computing
  • Humanities (via topic lessons covering Geography, History and Religious Education)
  • PE
  • Lifeskills
  • PSHE

We use the national curriculum to guide the majority of our subject planning but adapt it to suit the varying needs of our students.  The Religious Education curriculum is adapted from the local standing advisory council for religious education (SACRE) syllabus.  Our aim is to provide a curriculum that is both exciting and engaging while maintaining student progression in all curricular areas.

 

 

 

Key Stage Four Curriculum

Students at key stage four study the following curricular areas:

  • English (including a 30 minute 'Read, Write Inc' session on four mornings per week)
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Information and Communication Technology (focused on the practical use of computers and communcation technology).
  • Humanities (via topic lessons covering Geography, History and Religious Education)
  • PE (all students recieve a core session of PE weekly)
  • Lifeskills
  • PSHE

In addition to these core areas of the curriculum, students also choose two from six 'options' to study while in key stage four.  The current option choices are:

  • Home Cooking Skills
  • Design Technology
  • Media
  • PE
  • Performing Arts
  • Art

At key stage four both the core and options curriculum is guided by individual examination board specifications.  The exam boards we currently run qualifications accredited by are; OCR, AQA, Edexcel and WJCE.  The majority of students study towards entry level qualifications but depending on the needs of students some study to and achieve GCSE qualifications.

As with our primary department, threaded throughout the curriculum at key stage three and four are opportunities for students Social, Moral, Spritural and Cultural (SMSC) development.

 

 

Break down of curricular subjects by time given to each weekly:

Key Stage Five Curriculum

For more information on our post 16 provision, please visit the ‘6th Form’ tab on the main page.