Curriculum

New Bridge aims to provide a personalised curriculum combining core subjects with more specialist choices where the student’s individual needs are paramount.

The variety of courses on offer considers key issues such as choice, academic levels, attendance, career aspirations and special educational needs. The key aim is to raise students’ expectations and to therefore raise academy achievement as a whole.

The curriculum continues to grow and develop; we want to offer courses relevant to the changing economic needs and in line with new educational initiatives. We want our students to gain both skills and qualifications to equip them for future life and employment opportunities.

At new Bridge Academy students follow a diverse, flexible curriculum which at Key Stage 4 includes 8 GCSE and 2 vocational pathways. There is still a core component of subjects, namely ICT, Physical Education, PHSE, WRL and Technology which are undertaken as additional BTEC Level 1 and 2 qualifications, with English and Maths Functional Skills qualifications studied in conjunction with GCSE, involving a daily lesson of both core subjects. Tutors are effectively deployed to help enrich the curriculum by giving students ‘real life’ experiences leading to qualifications in the vocations of Construction, Sports Study, Food Technology, Digital Media and Photography.

At Key Stage 3, pupils follow a broad curriculum in a way that meets individual needs, with a real focus on developing basic skills, enjoying 6 lessons of English and Maths each week, as well as Science, ICT, Art, Food Technology, Performance Arts, PHSE and Physical Education. The pupils’ social development is also consolidated with a range of tutorial and reward- based weekly activities.

 

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 The New Bridge Academy  0333 999 1456