Curriculum Vision

At Stanchester Academy students follow a curriculum that encompasses our ethos of raising individual ambition, and recognises the value of traditional academic knowledge and strong literacy skills.

Throughout KS3 and KS4 we aim to develop kind and resilient individuals, and expose students to experiences that will increase the future opportunities available to them.

We seek to enable our students to make wise and informed choices; ultimately to be those who are successful, caring and productive citizens of the local, national and global community they live in.

Through being immersed in a knowledge-rich curriculum, our students will be empowered to make well informed decisions, become active citizens and be economically sufficient.

The intent of the curriculum is to enable children to acquire knowledge and skills, which are secured through application (over time and in different contexts) to develop understanding (change in long term memory) and allow children to seek meaning and achieve personal growth.

Alongside our academic curriculum, we strongly believe in the importance of students’ Character Education and offer a wide enrichment programme that enables our students to grow cultural capital whilst they are with us.

Aims of the Curriculum

The curriculum at Stanchester Academy supports the aims, ethos and values of the school by:

  • Promoting an environment in which every child will be challenged and supported to raise their potential in an increasingly technological age
  • Offering an experience which is personalised to the needs of the individual and supports the demands and expectations of the twenty-first century
  • Providing a curriculum which broadens our students’ emotional and multicultural awareness, values and reward success and balances the need for hard work with a sense of enjoyment for school life as a whole
  • Ensuring that all students are provided with appropriate support and challenge as and when they need it
  • Providing opportunities for all pupils to learn and to achieve
  • Equipping students with the essential learning skills of literacy, numeracy and ICT/computing
  • Promoting an enquiring mind and capacity to think rationally

The National Curriculum

In addition to supporting the aims, ethos and values of our school, the Stanchester curriculum meets the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum and the three key aims for all young people; namely that all young people should be:

  • successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve
  • confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
  • responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society

Organisation of the Curriculum at Stanchester Academy

Our taught curriculum is currently delivered through a fortnightly timetable with each day divided into 5 periods of 60 minutes, resulting in a 50 period fortnight. The timing of the day is as follows:

8:15 Warning Bell
8:20 - 8:50 Registration & Drop and Read
8:50 - 9:50 Period 1
9:50 - 10:50 Period 2
10:50 - 11:10 Break
11:10 - 12:10 Period 3
12:10 - 13:10 Period 4
13:10 - 13:50 Lunch
13:50 - 14:50 Period 5
14:50 End of the School Day