The Academy has a curriculum designed around 25 periods of study per week. Lessons are 60 minutes in length. In addition, students attend a daily 20 minute Tutor Time session.
The times of the day are as follows:
The OPA Learning Journey
Here at Ormiston Park, although students select at the end of Year 8 the GCSE subjects they will work towards, the preparation for those final exams starts from the moment they enter the academy. In all subjects, students benefit from curriculum planning which builds on learning already secured at primary school and ensuring the necessary knowledge, skills and understanding are progressively developed and consolidated over the five years between Yr7 and 11.
Years 7 and 8 (Key Stage 3)
The breakdown of Key Stage 3 lessons per week is shown here. Students are mostly taught in ability groups.
(CPRE – Citizenship, PSHE & RE)
Years 9, 10 and 11 (Key Stage 4)
The breakdown of Key Stage 4 lessons per week is shown here.
Our KS4 curriculum offers all students the opportunity to gain a minimum of eight qualifications at GCSE or equivalent.
The Core Curriculum – All students will study a Core Curriculum of 5 GCSEs:
English Language and English Literature; Mathematics; Core and Additional Science (as appropriate).
Students also continue to engage with a Physical Education (PE) programme and undertake Citizenship, Personal and Religious studies (CPRE). Additional qualifications such as Financial Capability or ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence) may also be available within these programmes over the three years of study.
The Options Pathways
A great deal of effort and thought has gone into considering how best to provide for our students, not only in securing them success at KS4 but also offering progression routes forward through Sixth Form or apprenticeships on to university, further training or employment.
Based on prior attainment and current progression, students are placed on an Options Pathway at the end of Year 8. Each pathway enables students to secure a further three GCSEs or equivalences and ensures that our curriculum remains broad and balanced.
Option subjects come from within the following areas:
Humanities – History and Geography
Languages – French and Spanish
Technology – Resistant Materials and Catering
Arts – Art & Design and Performing Arts
Other – PE and Computer Science
Note: The English Baccalaureate (EBacc) is not a qualification but a measure recognising performance at the higher GCSE grades (A*-C) in a suite of subjects that must include English, Mathematics, two Sciences, a Humanities course and a Modern Foreign language.
Years 12 & 13 (Key Stage 5 – OPA6)
Typical provision is mapped below:
All students are expected to be full-time students.
Our Personal Development Curriculum
Our commitment to the holistic personal development and welfare of each student underpins the Academy’s CPRE Curriculum. These weekly lessons develop the spiritual, social, moral & cultural values and experiences of students as well as ensuring they are equipped with the knowledge and skills to sustain a healthy and active lifestyle. In short, students are equipped to take their place in the world, participating fully as confident citizens.
The key aspects of the CPRE programme students will experience include:
- Aspirations, coaching, personal development and goal-setting
- Personal well-being including sexual, mental and physical health including substance misuse.
- British Values
- The national Prevent Agenda
- How to remain safe, e.g. avoiding exploitation; internet safety; safety whilst out & about
- Financial well-being and what it means to be ‘financially capable’
- Supplementary qualifications providing essential skills for life beyond school – European Computer Driving License and Certificate of Financial Education,
- Careers education, information and guidance as to the world of education, employment and training
Further detail or information regarding curriculum can be obtained by request. Please email Mrs. Whiley [email protected]