Curriculum

The curriculum at The New Bridge Academy is broad, balanced, challenging and engaging. It aims to provide students with a curriculum that prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities, challenges and experiences which they will encounter after leaving us whilst promoting spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development.

Our curriculum is based primarily on the National Curriculum and is broadly divided into a Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9), Key Stage 4 (Years 10 & 11) and Key Stage 5 (Years 12 & 13) model although we offer alternative routes to meet identified needs. To ensure work of an appropriate level students undertake a computer based baseline assessment on entry which enables us to set realistic but challenging targets for the end of KS3. Students follow the core subjects in maths, English and science together with, Art, Sport, personal social health education and design and technology. All students are given the opportunity to gain external accreditation in these subjects. Students also participate in a variety of outdoor education activities including, kayaking, surfing, climbing and mountain biking. These activities encourage the development of social skills, team building and self-confidence.

The New Bridge Academy also works closely with external agencies as required; e.g. educational psychologists, adolescent mental health teams and occupational therapists. We will work with all these agencies to determine the best individual learning requirements to meet the needs of the pupils.

Curriculum Map 2017-18 Curriculum Progression 2017-18 Qualifications Explained

Key Stage 3

KS3 students follow a curriculum which is delivered via a thematic approach and students remain with the same teacher for the majority of their lessons.

Depending upon their individual needs students can be placed into one of two strands at KS3.

1. Key Stage 3 Nurture

Our Key Stage 3 Nurture Group is a small group designed to equip pupils with the understanding and skills to engage effectively with the education system and with others around them.

2. Key Stage 3 Themes for Learning

Our Key Stage 3 Themes for Learning groups are small groups designed to develop pupils’ curriculum knowledge, skills and understanding and to learn about themselves, others, the local community and the world in which they live.

(See Curriculum map or Curriculum progression pages for further details)

Key Stage 4

At KS4 students, depending upon their identified need, can be placed within one of three strands.

1. Key Stage 4 Themes for Living

Our Key Stage 4 Themes for Living groups are small groups designed to develop pupils’ curriculum knowledge, skills and understanding and to learn about themselves, others, the local community and environments in which they may live and work.

2. KS4 Preparation for Adulthood

The Preparation for Adulthood group is a small group designed to develop pupils’ knowledge, skills and understanding of the world of work and the life skills that they will need as adulthood.

3. Key Stage 4 Core and Vocational

The Key Stage 4 core and vocational curriculum is provided to pupils, years 9- 11. This is designed to enable them to progress academically, socially and emotionally.

(See Curriculum map or Curriculum progression pages for further details)

Key Stage 5

Our Key Stage 5 curriculum is delivered in partnership with our college “Link Programme”. On this pathway our year 11 students work with staff to clearly identify an appropriate level qualification onto which to progress after leaving school. Staff continue to work with and provide support and guidance to students until they complete their further education study.

College Link Programme

If you have any questions or would like to know more about the curriculum please contact Allan Douglas on (0191) 553 6067 or adouglas@ascenttrust.org