We adapt our curriculum around the needs and interests of our students. We believe that learning is for everyone, it is a transformative experience at the core of being human. All students at Polaris are welcome, encouraged, and supported to attend lessons in the main body of the school where subject specialists teach them alongside their peers, Newmarket Academy’s curriculum offer can be found by clicking on the button below.
Where a student does not feel ready for this, we liaise with the subject specialist teachers to give our young people access to the same coherently planned and sequenced learning as their peers. We use technology to stream or record lessons from the mainstream school and we align lesson plans and schemes of work to aid smooth transition.
We recognise that due to their individual needs, our young people may have missed the crucial developmental experiences necessary to engage and explore a broad and rich curriculum. We therefore keep the curriculum as broad as possible for as long as possible. We aim to ensure that our young people have not only had access to the same broad and balanced curriculum as their peers but that they are supported to participate in this curriculum in a meaningful and personal way. In key stage 3 this means that we follow the national curriculum, in accordance with our students’ stage. Enrichment is provided through AQA unit awards across myriad subjects, the Trinity College London Arts Award, developing critical thinking, problem solving and thematic study.
At key stage 4 we offer an ambitious curriculum tailored to our students’ interests and strengths wherever possible. In addition to the mainstream curriculum offer, we endeavour to offer GCSEs and vocational qualifications aligned with a student’s interests. For example, in response to our students’ interests and aspirations we have offered GCSEs in: Classical Civilisation, Psychology, German; OCR Technical Qualifications in Health and Social Care and vocational qualifications through ASDAN. We also offer our young people the chance to study the foundation (level 1) or higher (level 2) project qualification where they can develop their independent research skills in an area of their own interest; we also encourage our students to access Open University courses.