Curriculum Intent: Academy
All pupils at Weston Favell Academy have access to a rich, broad and balanced curriculum. The curriculum is engineered to ensure pupils are equipped with the qualifications, knowledge, experiences & skills to succeed in life & progress onto meaningful employment with training or further & higher education.
Key features of our curriculum include:
- All pupils in Years 7 to 11 have 25 lessons a week with each period lasting 60 minutes
- Reading for pleasure is modelled by teachers and promoted through tutor time guided reading, accelerated reader, timetabled library lessons, enrichment book clubs and assemblies
- Broad, ambitious & grounded in the national curriculum – so that all groups of pupils have access to both academic & vocational programmes of study where challenge, achievement & progress are expected for all.
- Knowledge rich – so that all pupils acquire the core knowledge to which they are entitled & the powerful knowledge they need to expand beyond their own experiences.
- Intelligently planned – sequenced to incrementally build long-term knowledge & develop cross-curricula schema, using evidence-based strategies to maximise learning.
- Culturally rich – broadening horizons & exposing pupils to the vast wealth of experiences in the wider global society be that the arts, music, sport & extra-curricular pursuits
- Character building – providing opportunities to develop leadership, organisation, resilience, initiative & communication skills from year 7 to 13.
- Context-specific – so that pupils who are not yet secondary ready, or not yet confident in the English language can rapidly catch up & access the full curriculum, & those with limited opportunities to explore the world beyond Northampton can broaden their horizons.
- Values-driven – to develop principled young people who respect others in all their diversity, put kindness at the heart of all their decisions & strive to achieve excellence in all they do.
Pupils study the full range of national curriculum subjects consisting of; English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, RE, French, Performing Arts (Music, Drama), Computing, Design and Technology, Art and PE (including Dance) in order to build a strong base of core knowledge. There is a focus on developing the literacy, numeracy & study skills required for GCSE. Our Character & Culture curriculum aims to broaden horizons & equip pupils to choose GCSE options that inspire them.
Pupils typically study 9 subjects in depth. Critical thinking, problem solving, & communication skills develop alongside a deepening knowledge base. There is an increasing focus on independent learning & personal responsibility. Our Character & Culture curriculum aims to give pupils the chance to explore their strengths & empower them to make informed choices about future plans in further education, or employment with training.
Pupils in year 12 & 13 focus on 3 or 4 subjects in great depth & with increasing independence. Pupils are role models & are encouraged to take on leadership responsibilities within the academy. Pupils engage with the wider community & participate in local, national & global collaborations. Pupils leave with the skills & attributes necessary for success in higher education, or employment with training.