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Curriculum

The curriculum is organised into three phases: Foundation (Years 7 and 8), Accreditation (Years 9, 10 & 11) and Sixth Form (Years 12, 13 & 14). Lessons are taught in episodes of 60 minutes over a two week timetable.

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Foundation phase

Students in Years 7 and 8 experience a unique two year key stage 3 curriculum based on skill based learning. We understand the need to provide students with an opportunity to develop their personal understanding of themselves as learners, as well as enhancing their teamwork skills. As a result our students become independent learners, preparing them for their journey through the Academy and confident in their ability to succeed in life.

The core subjects of English and Maths are taught in ability sets early in Year 7 onwards following careful analysis of data, to ensure that work is tailored to meet the needs of individual students.  Students receive ten lessons of English and eight lessons of Maths a fortnight.  Movement between sets is possible when students are either struggling to keep up or are in need of more challenge.  Specialist teachers are able to stretch high achievers in the classroom whilst seeking opportunities for additional gifted and talented projects. This has included Maths Enterprise groups with Oxford Brookes University, taking part in the Oxford Literary Festival at Christchurch College, collaborative writing projects with the Pegasus Theatre and frequent projects with the Story Museum.

Students in Year 7 receive seven lessons of Topic a fortnight which leads into discrete humanities subjects of Geography, History and Religious Studies in Year 8.  The table below summarises the number of lessons for the non-core subjects in a fortnight in the Foundation Phase:

Year Science PE Art Drama Music Languages Technology
7 5 5 3 3 2 4 2
8 9 5 3 3 2 4 2

Every student takes part in an intensive reading programme in Year 7 to improve fluency and confidence followed by extended support for every student reading below their chronological age in Year 8. Numerous small group and one to one
interventions run to boost reading, writing and mathematical skills at all levels.

For further information, please visit our Foundation page.

Accreditation Phase

This is our three year Key Stage Four curriculum for students in Years 9, 10 and 11. All Accreditation phase students are required to study:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Core Physical Education
  • Citizenship, Social, Moral Spiritual and Cultural Education and work-related learning will be delivered across the curriculum and through targeted bespoke lessons.

The table below summarises the number of lessons per subject in a fortnight in the Accreditation Phase, based on 60 minute episodes:

Year group English Maths Science PE Options Raising achievement
9 8 8 9 3   2
10 9 9 9 3   2
11 9 9 9 3   2

The choices of subjects are stretched out over 3 years. This gives students time to learn the information and develop the skills required to get better grades. It also means that students do not have to study all the courses at once. Students in Year 9 have five lessons a fortnight for their option subjects and students in Years 10 and 11 have six lessons a fortnight.

The Pathways

Pathways have been devised for students in Years 9, 10 and 11. Each pathway is distinguished by a colour; this is done through consultation with the Year and Subject leaders with reference to student performance in the Cognitive Ability Tests (CATs).

The current four pathways are:

1. Pink Pathway (English Baccalaureate)

Students on this pathway will work towards a minimum of 9 GCSEs which make up the English Baccalaureate. They will study English Language and Literature, two Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Education, one language from Italian, French, German and Spanish, either History or Geography and then two further choices from a range of GCSE subjects which include Art & Design, Music, Drama, ICT, Technology, Physical Education, Business Studies, Psychology, Health and Social Care and Religious Studies.

2. Blue Pathway

Students on this pathway will work towards a minimum of 9 GCSEs.  They will study English Language and Literature, two Sciences, Mathematics and Physical Education. Students can choose four further subjects from a range of GCSE subjects as listed above.

3. Purple Pathway

Students on this pathway will work towards a minimum of 7 GCSEs.  They will study English Language, Science, Mathematics and Physical Education. Students can then choose a further four subjects from a range of GCSE and BTEC qualifications.

4. Orange Pathway

Students on this pathway will work towards a minimum of 6 Level 1 and 2 qualifications over the next 3 years.  The content of this pathway is intended for students who thrive in practical and vocational-based environments. Students will study and gain skills in a particular industry, profession or trade and the pathway will be complimented by established national awards that employers will both recognise and value.  These students will also study English Language, Science, Mathematics and Physical Education.

Sixth Form Phase

All Sixth Formers are required to continue studying full time.  The Oxford Academy Sixth Form aims to ensure that timetables are tailored to students' individual needs, interests and prior attainment.  We provide a positive and inspiring learning environment through a dedicated Sixth Form Centre which includes its own common room, refectory and study area.

Students can study a broad range of Level 3 qualifications including English Literature, Maths, Physics, Psychology, History, Art & Design, Sport, Construction, Health and Social Care, Environmental Conservation, Biology, ICT, Business Studies and Beauty. These may be an AS, A Level or a BTEC qualification. 

Each subject is allocated a minimum of eight lessons a fortnight with private study lessons to complete independent research, assignments and revision.  Students following vocational qualifications will receive at least 24 lessons a fortnight. 

Students who have not yet achieved a Level 2 Grade C in English Language and Maths will continue with these subjects as part of the resit programme. Students in the Sixth Form will be assigned a tutor and take part in voluntary activities within the Academy, which includes work experience. Students will have the opportunity to visit Further and Higher Education
institutions and will receive support when applying to university or for jobs. 

Where the Academy is unable to provide a particular AS or A Level subject, we have an established partnership with two local secondary schools to ensure our students have the opportunity to study courses that meet their individual needs and interests.

For further information, please visit our Sixth Form web pages.