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The Basildon Academies

Our Upper Academy Curriculum

Leaders are clear about what they want pupils to learn and how they can learn. Ofsted 2019

At Key stage 4 we ensure our curriculum is appropriate, accessible, and meet the needs of all our learners.  The curriculum provides challenge and enrichment opportunities that broaden horizons, combat external negative experiences and build positive relationships, as well as fostering a passion for learning, both in and beyond the classroom.  This focus ensures all students have the opportunity to participate and develop oracy, teamwork, leadership, and cooperative skills, and a passion for learning.

 Senior leaders have worked well with subject leaders to produce plans for what pupils should learn. Ofsted 2019

At the academy we run a three year Key Stage 4 where our students choose their GCSE/Vocational options at the end of Year 8, and begin studying them in Year 9.  Our Year 9 students will continue to study these options when they transition to the Upper Academy in Year 10.

Our curriculum model increases the opportunities for our students to experience instant success, supporting their motivation and esteem.

The impact on our learners is enhanced active learning opportunities, early portfolio successes, strengthened core skills, and differentiated learning opportunities that maximise progress. Our students become strong reflective learners that take ownership of their progress.

The curriculum is taught over a 25 period one week timetable.  Lessons run for 1 hour. The 2019/20 KS4 curriculum model is:


Year 10

Year 11

English 5 5
Maths 4 5
Science 5 5
EBCACC Option - 2 Hours 1 EBACC - 3hrs 1 EBACC - 2hrs
Pot 3 Options
6 Hours - 2 Hours per Option
3 Options - 6hrs 3 Options - 6hrs
PE 1 1
PSHE 1 1
Enrichment 2.5 2.5

Student progress is tracked using Personalised Learning Checklists. This allows lessons to continually diagnose the progress students make and provide therapies to support learners in the areas where they need it most.

Year 10 Enrichment sessions run daily from 2.30 – 3.00pm and are part of the Year 10 core curriculum.

Year 11 Enrichment Plus sessions will continue daily from 2.30 – 3.30pm and are part of the Year 10 core curriculum.

All students engage in an enrichment each day as part of their curriculum, forming an essential part of our core curriculum. We recognise the power and impact that quality enrichment can have on young lives and minds.

Our enrichment programme is an essential and valuable part of our school day. The age appropriate enrichment model supports a ‘Passion for Purpose’ in Key Stage 4 and a ‘Passion for Life’ in Key Stage 5. Our enrichment curriculum builds student resilience, self-esteem, sense of belonging and love of learning.  It provides equity of opportunity, stretch & challenge, employability skills and broad experiences.  The enrichment curriculum supports our student cultural capital and social mobility.

We are proud that the academy provides curriculum pathways catering for specific needs. To provide challenge for the most able students within Key stage 4 and 5 we have developed an Express Pathway, and target support for those in need within Key stage 4 and 5 with a Careers Education Pathway.

Our curriculum incorporates PSHE (RESPECT & SRE) throughout and PHSE is also delivered through our Mentoring Programme and Health & Wellbeing drop down days (4 days per year) throughout the year.

School leaders, including governors, share a commitment to give pupils an effective education. They understand the challenges this involves but are determined to make the school a highly effective one. Ofsted 2019