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Secondary Curriculum

The Priory Witham Academy Curriculum

The innovative, engaging and challenging curriculum at The Witham Academy underpins all aspects of learning and pupil development and we believe that the Trust and Academy values of wisdom, curiosity, generosity, courage and passion truly empower pupils to become true citizens of the world and fully realise their potential. 

The Witham Academy curriculum offer embraces all aspects of Academy life.  Opportunities, both in and beyond the classrooms are used to develop knowledge, skills and personal qualities which we believe are at the heart of a holistic, engaging curriculum.

The Witham Academy’s aspirational culture supports our tenacious drive towards good progress and high achievement for all pupils. The curriculum offer is characterised by a consistent approach to teaching and learning and we recognise the importance of a powerful learning model.

This includes the following:

Securing a strong foundation of knowledge.

Explicit teacher led learning and modelling.

Identification and development of skills to apply knowledge.

Increasing independence and opportunities for guided and shared learning.

Application of knowledge and skills to context.

Pupil led learning where independence is realised through problem solving and enquiry.  Pupils demonstrate high levels of resourcefulness and resilience.

It is our belief that the confidence pupils develop throughout their time at the Academy will excite them to become passionate about learning for life.

Believe Together Achieve Together

 

The Secondary Curriculum

At The Priory Witham Academy all pupils benefit from a curriculum that is engaging, purposeful and relevant, through which they can build confidence, acquire knowledge, develop skills and attain academic excellence.  Our curriculum has been designed to provide pupils with exciting opportunities which foster a love of learning and prepare them effectively for the challenges and responsibilities of further or higher education, employment and adult life.

We believe that all pupils are entitled to a broad and balanced curriculum that challenges their individual abilities and sets high aspirations for personal and academic success.  Whilst based on the national curriculum, we retain the flexibility to respond to individual needs through personalisation of the curriculum offered.  Our curriculum is inclusive, has value in the world outside education and promotes equality, well-being and Modern British Values.

Pupils enjoy a journey through a curriculum which aims to:

  • Raise aspirations.
  • Provide enjoyment, develop a self of self-worth and confidence and promote mental and physical well-being.
  • Develop enquiring minds, provide the opportunity to question, debate and argue rationally.
  • Provide opportunities to acquire and develop knowledge.
  • Acquire skills and practical abilities that are relevant to adult life, employment and further education.
  • Develop confidence and understanding of literacy and numeracy.
  • Develop an understanding of the world they live in, respect and tolerance for others and thus become global citizens.

In years 7 to 9 our pupils build on the learning and strong foundation experienced in Primary School. Our pupils have access to a broad and balanced curriculum which includes English, Mathematics, the Sciences, Humanities, a Modern Foreign Language, Performing Arts, Music, Technology, Computing, PSHMRE, and Physical Education.  Pupils choose their option subjects at the end of Year 8 following an extensive programme of Careers guidance and support.  In addition to following their core curriculum they are able to choose from a rich range of courses including:

  • History
  • Geography
  • Separate Sciences
  • Spanish
  • Art
  • Music
  • Music Technology
  • Physical Education
  • Performing Arts
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Product Design
  • Photography
  • Statistics
  • Business Studies
  • Creative I Media
  • Health and Social Care
  • Hair

Our extensive extra-curricular and enrichment offer ensures that pupils can continue to access the full range of subjects, regardless of their option choices.

Further details regarding each subject’s curriculum offer can be found under the relevant subject links on the website.  If you are interested in find out more about our curriculum please contact Mrs D Czajkowski (Deputy Headteacher).