The curriculum at Kingshurst is aligned with the key priority of all Tudor Grange Academies: to ensure that all students flourish. We hold high expectations of academic outcomes for all learners by creating a culture of inquisitive and spirited learning, coupled with high-quality, rich experiences that go beyond the classroom.
Learners at Tudor Grange Kingshurst will leave with not only the qualifications they require to make their own choices, but also as happy and articulate young people with life-long memories, skills and responsible attributes that will allow them to be successful, happy adults.
Both inside and outside of lessons we have sought a curriculum that is broad, ambitious and equitable. Broad because it allows pupils to supplement a strong academic core of subjects with a range of artistic and creative subjects, because strong foundations of knowledge are complemented by character education and a variety of experiences. Ambitious because we believe every child should access a curriculum that provides them with the cultural capital and essential knowledge they need to be educated citizens. Equitable because every child will access this curriculum regardless of their background or past experience, and because this universal entitlement means that every child will have the potential to take advantage of a range of opportunities in later life.
A carefully planned and well sequenced curriculum is the foundation upon which secure learning is built. In all subjects, a curriculum has been planned by a team of subject experts so that each piece of new learning builds on prior knowledge. Careful attention is paid to the way that pupils build up their long term memories, and teachers use recall and retrieval, regular checking and feedback to support this process.
Years 7, 8 and Y9 (Three Year KS3)
In Years 7, 8 and 9 pupils will study a broad range of subjects, built around a strong academic core. The focus is on providing pupils with fundamental knowledge and skills within each subject, so that they have fully mastered the key concepts and themes of each discipline. This fundamental knowledge will be revisited and retested several times, until pupils have committed to long term memory the knowledge they will need to participate fully in the cultural life of our society.
The academy has carefully compared the Year 7, 8 and Y9 curriculum to the Key Stage Three National Curriculum Programmes of Study. Our pupils cover the vast majority of national curriculum content and receive a curriculum of equivalent breadth and depth thanks to subjects such as drama and enrichment lessons. We are currently in the process of making changes to the curriculum to ensure that all pupils currently in Years 7, 8 and 9 cover all national curriculum content in Key Stage Three, and to address the gaps for older pupils.
Years 10 and 11
Throughout Years 10 and 11, all pupils complete a core curriculum of English, maths, science, and core PE. Together, these will allow pupils to achieve five GCSE qualifications at the end of Year 11: English language, English literature, maths, and science trilogy (worth two GCSEs). In addition, pupils are able to choose from a wide range of subjects in order to develop their individual interests and ambition. The subjects available vary from year to year, in order to meet the needs of each individual cohort.