The Curriculum at the RSA Academy is not solely based on subjects and their corresponding qualifications, it focuses on their whole learning experience. Since we opened we have developed our curriculum to transform the learning of students so that it can transform their lives.
We are proud to offer a broad and balanced curriculum that provides all students with a high quality educational experience in subject areas that offers a foundation for the next stage of their education and leads to a successful future. In an increasingly competitive global employment market, it is important that you select a combination of subjects that gives you choice and control over your future. This guide supplements the other documents available; the School Prospectus, the Key Stage 4 Options Booklet and the Sixth Form Prospectus.
Our teachers are experts in their curriculum areas so please contact us if you would like to know any more.
Our curriculum seeks to give students opportunities to:
enjoy learning and see education as a life-long process;
develop the attitudes, understanding and skills necessary, now and in the future, to exercise independence and initiative and to work, participate and thrive in a democratic society;
develop lively, enquiring minds and the ability to find and use information through our opening minds competencies
question and debate rationally;
apply understanding and skills in order to address issues, solve problems and carry out practical tasks;
develop personal values and gain understanding of the values and ways of life;
understand the world in which they live and the interdependence of individuals, groups and nations;
develop appreciation and concern for the environment;
work co-operatively with others.
The quality of learning activities must reflect these aims. We look to:
provide experiences which promote active and purposeful learning;
enable understanding and skills to be applied to issues, problems and practical tasks;
raise students’ expectations, encourage participation and increase self-confidence and independence;
allow individual students to progress at a pace which provides both challenge and support;
give opportunities for students to work together, be well managed and supported by appropriate resources.
Arrangements for the assessment and recording of students’ achievements are integrated with the curriculum and:
emphasize the need for a constructive response from teachers to their students’ work to support the students progress.
aim to ensure continuity between different learning activities, between the work done by different teachers, between the School and its feeder primaries and at other stages of transfer and transition;
encourage students to take increasing responsibility for reviewing their own progress and determining new goals for themselves;
provide full information to parents and, when appropriate, to those concerned with selection for further education, training or employment.
Meeting Statutory Requirements For Curriculum Provision
The School aims to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that meets all statutory requirements enriched by a wide range of additional opportunities for learning and personal development.
In accordance with the requirements of the Educational Reform Act 1988 as amended by subsequent Acts The RSA Academy provides students aged between 11 and 16 with a basic curriculum (i.e. the National Curriculum plus religious education) that:
is balanced and broadly based;
promotes the spiritual, moral, social, cultural and physical development of all its students;
prepares them for the opportunities and responsibilities of adult life.
The governing body is responsible for ensuring that these requirements are met and for drawing up the curriculum policy for the Academy. The Principal is responsible for implementing the curriculum and for taking day-to-day decisions on curriculum matters. The governing body ensures that any political or controversial issues included in the curriculum are presented in a balanced way.
The curriculum structure and associated timetables are arranged in such a way as to make best use of the available resources in order to achieve the above stated aims.