Curriculum

Curriculum

Park Campus Academy provides education for students who have experienced difficulties with their learning and behaviour in mainstream school. Our students are either at risk of being permanently excluded or have been permanently excluded. Many of our learners have a history of disruptive education in mainstream schools with frequent fixed term exclusions. The curriculum at Park Campus is devised to encompass everything that a student might experience, from their arrival in the morning right through to the end of the day. We expect our curriculum to be broad, balanced and have clear progression pathways in subject knowledge and skills, to be filled with rich first-hand purposeful experiences and to be flexible and responsive to individual needs and interests.

Curriculum statement

Park Campus Academy provides education for students who have experienced difficulties with their learning and behaviour in mainstream school. Our students are either at risk of being permanently excluded or have been permanently excluded. Many of our learners have a history of disruptive education in mainstream schools with frequent fixed term exclusions.

The curriculum at Park Campus is devised to encompass everything that a student might experience, from their arrival in the morning right through to the end of the day. We expect our curriculum to be broad, balanced and have clear progression pathways in subject knowledge and skills, to be filled with rich first-hand purposeful experiences and to be flexible and responsive to individual needs and interests.

To this end, we offer a range of academic and vocational qualifications from Entry Level 3- Level 2.  We also offer the opportunity to gain qualifications such as the Arts Award, through creative project work.

We believe that there is a qualification to suit everyone, and do our very best to support our students to gain qualifications that interest and challenge them, suit their learning style and will give them the qualifications that they need to make the next step in their educational career.

We do not teach Religious Studies as a discrete subject, but touch on social, moral and spiritual issues through our mandatory PSHE curriculum.

Curriculum Aims

  1. To make learning an enjoyable experience, enabling students to achieve their full potential, and gain the qualifications to allow them to successfully make the next step in their educational career.
  2. To re-engage students with learning and build their confidence and self esteem so that they see themselves as students that can be successful.
  3. To develop their skills in communication, literacy, numeracy and decision making so that they can function in adult life
  4. To prepare them for the world of work and independent living and to take their place as active citizens in the UK

 

Underpinning principles

We seek to deliver a curriculum that:

  1. Is motivating and enjoyable and engages students in learning
  2. Is challenging and aspirational
  3. Is broad and balanced
  4. Encourages students to take responsibility for their learning and behaviour and is based upon mutual respect.
  5. Provides opportunities for accreditation
  6. Provides students with opportunities to develop their skills and interests
  7. Supports post 16 progression into further education, employment or training
  8. Is personalised and individualised and recognises progress and celebrates achievement
  9. Provides opportunities for students to “make good choices” and builds self- esteem
  10. Prepares students for life beyond school both in their personal and working lives
  11. Supports students to ‘be healthy’, ‘stay safe’, and ‘make a positive contribution’.
  12. Promotes students spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and enables them to become active citizens.
  13. Is accessible to all students

The Informal and Formal Curriculum

We believe that the informal curriculum plays a very important role in supporting our students’ personal and social development. We offer a range of experiences across the Academy, trips, visits and visitors to enrich the formal curriculum. We work with partner agencies to offer football, boxing, music, scriptwriting and drama.

At Key Stage 3 the formal curriculum includes English, maths, ICT, food technology, Drama, PE, PSHE (including sex and relationships education) and Prince’s Trust

At Key Stage 4 students study English, Maths, ICT, PSHE (including accredited awards in sexual health, drug and alcohol awareness and mental health), Prince’s Trust, PE (including elements of Science) and Food Technology. Programmes of study lead to appropriate nationally recognised accreditation such as GCSE, iGCSE BTEC, Entry Level, functional skills and level 1 and 2 award/certificates. 

The courses available to pupils in Key Stage 4 are as follows:

iGCSE English

GCSE Mathematics

Functional skills level 1 and 2 English

Functional skills level 1 and 2 Maths

Functional skills level 1 and 2 ICT

NCFE level 2 certificate in Sport and Fitness

Prince’s Trust level 1 and 2 awards/certificates

PSHE NCFE level 1 awards – alcohol awareness, substance misuse, sexual health awareness

BTEC level 1/2 home cooking skills award

NCFE level 2 in Food and Cooking

ICT Cambridge Nationals level 1/2 award Creative iMedia

 

If you want more information about the courses your child is studying, please visit the exam board websites below

 

Edexcel:

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/home.html

Use this for

  • Functional Skills
  • Maths GCSE
  • BTEC Home Cooking Skills

 

Cambridge CIE:

https://www.cambridgeinternational.org/programmes-and-qualifications/cambridge-igcse-english-first-language-0500/

and from 2020

https://www.cambridgeinternational.org/programmes-and-qualifications/cambridge-igcse-9-1-first-language-english-0990/

Use this for English iGCSE

  

NCFE:

https://www.qualhub.co.uk/?utm_source=ncfe&utm_campaign=longhomepage

Use this for

  • NCFE L2 Sports
  • NCFE L1 CV Writing
  • NCFE Equality & Diversity L2
  • NCFE L1 Award Sexual Health
  • NCFE L1 Substance misuse
  • NCFE L1 Award Alcohol Awareness
  • NCFE Health & Nutrition L2
  • NCFE L2 Sports, Exercise & Fitness
  • NCFE L2 Food & Cooking

 

Princes Trust:

https://www.princes-trust.org.uk/about-the-trust/qualifications/personal-development-employability

Use this for all the Prince’s Trust qualifications/units.

 

 

 

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