Our Curriculum

Our curriculum intent:

Our curriculum at Hall Park Academy is aspirational with the core purpose of raising achievement for all students. It will:

  • Expose students to a broad and balanced range of opportunities and experiences to develop a wide range of skills and knowledge through sequenced and structured learning experiences.
  • Enrich students’ skills and knowledge through deep and challenging learning experiences within and beyond the classroom.
  • Equip students with the knowledge and skills to succeed in life.

We offer a curriculum that fosters enthusiasm for learning, recognises progress and achievement, and has been developed to prepare them for their years ahead by offering aspirational pathways within and beyond the academy.

During Years 7 and 8, we offer our students a broad curriculum with an extensive range of experiences. After a transition year in Year 9, Year 10 and 11 allow for the expansion of skills and knowledge to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world.

 

How we implement our curriculum:

A wide range of subjects beyond the core of English and mathematics, including humanities, languages, performing arts and STEM subjects. All of our students will also study religious education and physical education.

As students progress through the academy they are guided towards appropriate pathways:

  • The majority will go on to study the English Baccalaureate suite of subjects, including a humanities subject and a foreign language. We believe this is appropriate and necessary in order to provide a balanced but challenging experience at Key Stage 4.
  • For some students the full English Baccalaureate suite of subjects is not appropriate, however all of our students study at least one Baccalaureate subject.
  • In the Sixth Form, students can choose to study from a wide range of academic subjects at A-level and their curriculum includes a number of enrichment opportunities.

Students will experience a number of themes within their subjects and through the wider curriculum delivered pastorally. These include:

  • Study skills, such as memory and recall, and revision strategies.
  • Homework set regularly, all of which can be accessed through the Show My Homework website.
  • Regular opportunities to improve reading, including the Accelerated Reader programme, DEAR (Drop Everything AND Read) time every day, and specific reading activities within subject lessons.
    • Careers programme relevant to each year group, delivered through a combination of our school Careers and Aspirations leader and a range of outside speakers.
    • Hall Park Values of ‘Democracy’, ‘Responsibility’, ‘Independence’, ‘Value’ (tolerance and respect) and ‘Equality’ feature in our wider curriculum, assemblies and lessons.
    • Pledges encourage students’ full participation in school life and must be carried out throughout their time at Hall Park Academy. They include participation in sports, performing arts, trips and working with the community.
      • Wider Curriculum involves PSHE and SMSC (alongside with citizenship, careers and themes related to the Hall Park Values) and is delivered through assemblies and tutor groups, allowing students to discuss, debate and explore these themes in more detail and be aware of how to seek any additional support they might require. Relationship, Sex and Education programme is delivered in an age-appropriate way.
      • Student Leadership opportunities are available for students within each House, such as the House Captain role.

A wide variety of extra-curricular opportunities are available to all of our students:

  • A range of trips to enhance subject experiences
  • An extensive range of clubs are regularly available to students in academic areas and sports
  • Regular study opportunities are available to all of our students before, during and after school, including library access and extra subject support.
  • An extensive programme to support students’ preparation for exams.
  • Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (Bronze and Silver Award)

Our curriculum design (lessons per week):

Year 7

Maths 3

English 3

Science 3

French/German 3*
(Literacy 1*)

History 1

Geography 2

Design & Technology 2

Physical Education 2

Art 1

Drama 1

Music 1

Religious Education 1

ICT 1

Wider Curriculum (within tutor time)

*dependent on setting

Year 8

Maths 3

English 3

Science 3

French/German 3*
(Literacy 1*)

History 1

Geography 2

Design & Technology 2

Physical Education 2

Art 1

Drama 1

Music 1

Religious Education 1

ICT 1

Wider Curriculum (within tutor time)

*dependent on setting

Year 9

Maths 4

English 4

Science 4

Religious Education 1

Physical Education 2

Subject choice* A 2.5

Subject choice* B 2.5

Subject choice* C 2.5

Subject choice* D 2.5

Year 10

Maths 4

English 4

Science 5

Religious Education 1

Physical Education 1

Subject choice* A 2.5

Subject choice* B 2.5

Subject choice* C 2.5

Subject choice* D 2.5

Year 11

Maths 4

English 5

Science 5

 

Physical Education 1

 

Subject choice* A 2.5

Subject choice* B 2.5

Subject choice* C 2.5

Subject choice* D 2.5

 

* students’ guided pathway choices from: Art, Business, Computer Science, Creative i-Media, D&T Product Design, Drama, Engineering (BTEC), French, German, Geography, Health and Social Care (BTEC), History, Music, Physical Education (GCSE), Triple Science, Additional Support

 

 

Post-16

 

All our Years 12 and 13 study for 20 hours per week. Students select 3 subjects to study along with enrichment activities.

 

 Lesson Time

Supervised Study Period

Subject 1

4 hours per week

1 hour per week

Subject 2

4 hours per week

1 hour per week

Subject 3

4 hours per week

1 hour per week

Enrichment Subject

1 hour per week

1 hour per week

Work Experience*

1 hour per week

 

Tutoring Session

1 hour per week

 

*completed during a one or two-week placement during the summer of year 12

 

Our students can select from the following subjects:

History A Level

Physics A Level

Geography A Level

Chemistry A Level

French A Level

Biology A Level

Philosophy A Level

Physical Education A Level

Engineering BTEC

Health and Social Care BTEC

Product Design A Level

Art A Level

Business A Level

Drama A Level

ICT Cambridge National

Music A Level

Sociology A Level

Psychology A Level

English and Maths GCSE Resit

Enrichment activities:

EPQ : Extended Project Qualification

Young Enterprise

Sports Leadership Award

French/German for Business