Key Stage 3
The curriculum that your child will follow in Key Stage 3 is one that is designed to provide a firm base for continued success at GCSE and beyond. It is also a curriculum that recognises that not every child is the same. Our key stage 3 curriculum bridges the gap between primary and secondary school through a focus on developing core skills plus wider knowledge and understanding. All subjects follow the National Curriculum at KS3.
Students study English, maths, science, humanities, French and Spanish, music, drama, art, DT (Product Design, Food and Health Ed), IT, PE and RSHE. Citizenship is taught through specific days across the year.
Students who require additional support in literacy receive extra support and the majority of subjects are taught in mixed ability groups.
In Maths, students are taught in mixed ability groups, with extra provision for the highest and lowest attainers.
Years 8 and 9
In English, science, languages and PE, students are taught in ability sets across a half year; students may move between sets during the course of a year. In maths, students are taught in mixed ability groups, with extra provision for the highest and lowest attainers.
In languages in Year 8, students continue with French or Spanish.
Key Stage 4
The key stage 4 curriculum meets the needs of our students by incorporating the opportunity for both academic and vocational study. We aim to give each student the chance to succeed by offering an appropriate range of qualifications including options that enable study towards the English Baccalaureate.
At the core of our curriculum is a belief that the English Baccalaureate (English, Maths, Science, History or Geography and a language) provides the best range of experiences for the vast majority of learners, and that achieving well in these subjects will enable them to access more skilled employment and the Sixth Form College.
The majority of students also take an Art and a Technology subject, though under these umbrellas sits an expansive list of qualifications to suit each individual, some with a strong vocational element.
More able students can also take separate courses in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, whilst there are other options available to students who need additional support with Maths, English and work related learning.
Our curriculum at Newmarket Academy takes in to account the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 and the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014.
The Special Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) takes responsibility for the day-to-day operation of the SEND policy and co-ordination of special needs provision, working closely with staff, parents/carers and other agencies. The SENCO also provides professional guidance to colleagues to ensure students with SEND have full access to the curriculum.
The Trust’s CEO and the Academy’s Principal have responsibility for the overall management of provision for all students.
The Headteacher works closely with the SENCO. The philosophy of SEND and inclusion being linked enables a holistic understanding of students’ needs and appropriate support strategies to be put in place.
The SEND Governor regularly meets with the SENCO, ensuring that policies and procedures meet statutory requirements.
The duties of the Governing Body are set out in the SEN Code of Practice 2014.
If you’d like to find out more about our curriculum, please contact us. You can read more about how our curriculum complies with our duties relating to the Equality Act 2010 and the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014 by reading the relevant policies on our Policies page, found in Information.