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Curriculum

St Mark’s Church of England Academy empowers students, of all faiths and none, with the inclusive Christian values of love, hope and trust, and promotes academic and character excellence. The curriculum has been carefully designed to draw on their rich and varied backgrounds and ensure that the cross curricular key skills and knowledge required for progress are taught within real world contexts. Students participate in enriching experiences, giving them the ambition, confidence, cultural capital, and employability skills to be successful in their future university and professional careers.

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 Mrs Khan (Senior Vice Principal) jkhan@stmarks.anthemtrust.uk

Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9) 

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 (Years10 and 11) 

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