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Curriculum

The curriculum at St Mark’s has been carefully designed to prepare our students to be successful in the 21st Century world.  Skilfully constructed programmes of study coupled with high quality teaching and learning and excellent facilities allow our students to fulfil their potential.

Students in Key Stage 3 follow a broad and balanced curriculum that is engineered to maximise progress in the core areas of English, Mathematics and Science. We offer a wide range of traditional academic subjects, languages, Geography, History and RE alongside more practical subjects such as ART, PE, Drama, Music, Design Technology and ICT.

All our programmes of study at Key Stage 3 are built with the demands of GCSE and A Level in mind: students follow a logical ‘spiral’ where knowledge, understanding and skills are developed from Year 7 through to the end of Year 13, ready for university entry, employment or training. Our GCSE programme offers a very wide range of core and optional subjects.

We are committed to ensuring that every student is afforded the opportunity to aspire to greatness whatever their ability or level of need. Our impressive provisions for our high flyers enables them to be expertly stretched and challenged as they work as part of the Russel group. This enables them to participate in extra activities such as debating, collaborating with the Brilliant club and visiting top universities to get them thinking straight away about their future endeavours. Likewise, our SEND department is a beacon of excellence which leads the way in their innovative approach to ensuring highly bespoke support is always in place should any student require it. This allows any young person with any additional needs to be fully supported to ensure that they too go on to achieve to their full potential. This also applies to our fantastic EAL department who work closely with every student who comes to the Academy who may not speak English as their first language. Again, as each student is different we create a tailor made support plan, so they are fully supported and given all the skills needed for them to quickly feel confident to be fully immersed in mainstream lessons.

Throughout the curriculum, subject teachers focus on developing cross-curricular skills including literacy and numeracy along with Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural skills (SMSC). The development of these skills ensures students are able to learn effectively and independently.

For any enquiries regarding curriculum at the academy please email Austin Sheppard (Senior Vice Principal) asheppard@stmarksacademy.org.uk

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8) 

At Key Stage 3, all students follow the national curriculum, working in either set or mixed ability groups, as appropriate, studying:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Computer Science
  • Modern Foreign Languages (French & Spanish)
  • Humanities (Geography, History, Religious Education and PSHE)
  • Creative Arts (Drama, Dance, Music and Arts)
  • Product Design
  • Physical Education

Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 and 11) 

We follow a model of a three-year key stage 4 at the Academy, giving the students the time and opportunity to maximise outcomes in the Year 11 GCSE examinations.  Students go through a carefully designed ‘guided choice’ process in Year 8 in order to select the best possible profile of subjects for themselves.  All students take Mathematics, English Language and Literature, Double Award Science and RE.  In addition to this, students take 3 subjects from: History, Geography, Spanish, French, PE, Drama, Music, Design Technology, Sociology, Art, Film Studies, BTEC ICT, BTEC Business or Functional Skills.  This offer ensures that all students are well place with options to further their studies in Key Stage 5 either here in Sixth Form, at college or Apprenticeship programme.

Key Stage 5 (Years 12 and 13)

The curriculum in our 6th Form provides both breadth and depth, with a wide variety of qualifications offer including advanced levels and BTEC programmes.  This offer ensures that all students can thrive.  Students are able to follow one of three distinct pathways.

Pathway:

Description:

Entry Requirements

1

If students select this pathway they study 3 or 4 A Levels or BTECs.

Students must have a minimum of eight good GCSEs and at least grade 6 in each of the subjects they choose to study.

2

Students who study our second pathway study the equivalent of 3 qualifications from A Levels or L3 BTECs

Students must have a minimum of five good GCSEs or equivalent including grade 5 in English or Maths to study at this level.

3

Students who have not achieved a 5 grade in Maths and English study the L2 route.

Students must have five or more GCSEs or equivalent at grade 3, 4 or 5.

Sixth Form Subjects

  • Business
  • History
  • French
  • Sport
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Physics
  • ICT
  • Psychology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Sociology
  • Biology
  • English
  • Spanish
  • Health and Social Care
  • Art