Childwall Sports and Science Academy

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Introduction

Childwall Sports and Science Academy provides a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum to meet the needs of all our learners. The curriculum is reviewed annually to ensure it is engaging and challenging for all students.

Subjects are divided into different pathways offering academic and vocational choices fo students. The curriculum is developed in partnership with learners and parents and each student is assessed individually. All courses lead to further education in the Sixth Form or to employment and training.

Overview - Key Stage 3

In the first three years we introduce students to each aspect of the curriculum to facilitate effective choices later on. We encourage each student to achieve their full potential through an aspirational culture and stretch and challenge both in and out of the classroom. 

Progress is closely monitored by regular assessments and this data is shared with parents and carers at least four times a year. In addition there is a Performance Review Evening for every year group once a year where parents, carers and their children meet with subject teachers and senior staff.

The curriculum content develops personal, learning and thinking skills, as well as subject knowledge. All students follow the National Curriculum through Key Stage 3 and 4. In Year 7 most lessons are taught in the form group, or in smaller mixed-ability classes. Classes are arranged by ability in Year 7 in Mathematics, English, Science and Humanities. 

Students who enter school with the highest Key Stage 2 scores have the opportunity to be stretched and challenged through our HATS programme.

Nurture Pathway

For students who may need additional support with literacy and/or numeracy there are extra support lessons available in these subjects taught in small groups.

During Year 9, students are asked to make guided choices for Key Stage 4 with individual guidance and support from their form tutors and subject tutors. They are fully supported through this process that leads onto three different pathways. 

Overview of Key Stage 4

There is an extensive choice of GCSE and BTEC courses available at Key Stage 4 through 3 different pathways. Students are guided onto the pathway that is most suitable for them. The English-Baccalaureate Pathway offers a range of academic GCSE courses for our more able students. The other pathway is offered to the majority of our students and offers the widest range of choice from GCSE subjects and BTEC courses. Both of these pathways give students the opportunity to study the combination of subjects that allows them to gain the English Baccalaureate.

The English Baccalaureate is not a qualification or a subject but is a combination of subjects that must be achieved together at GCSE level at grade C or above. The subjects that must all be achieved are Mathematics, English Language, two science courses, either Geography or History and one language from French, German or Spanish. All GCSE courses have exams at the end of the two years and some still have controlled assessment or coursework which contributes to the final grade. BTEC courses are achieved mainly through continual assessments during the two years with one short exam at the end of Year 11.

Guided Choices Booklets

Year 9 Guided Choices Booklets Download
ASPIRE - Pathway 1 Download
INSPIRE - Pathway 2:1 Download
INSPIRE - Pathway 2:2 Download
PRAISE - Pathway 3 Download

Guidance and Support

During Year 11 students are supported by form tutors, subject teachers and a one-one guidance interview with our Student Services and Guidance Coordinator through the next transition to college or an apprenticeship.

Further Information

Please contact Miss E Denn on edenn@childwallssa.org if you require any further information regarding our curriculum.