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The Three Goodwin Academic Pathways

At Goodwin Academy, students in KS3 will follow one of our three academic pathways

The Grammar Pathway; is designed for our more able students, offering the traditional EBacc pathway with additional stretch towards Triple Science and GCSE Statistics. The pathway allows learners to pursue a wider range of academic subjects beyond KS4.

The selection process for the Grammar pathway is by way of English and Maths assessments, which traditionally take place following the SATS in early June. These assessments indicate whether applicants have the overall academic ability to suit the additional stretch and challenge required

The Aspire Pathway; is offered to students with the core EBacc subjects as a spine, however languages are not compulsory at GCSE. Students, who excel, have the opportunity of transferring to the Accelerate pathway allowing access to the additional stretch and challenge required. Pupils are able to choose GCSE subjects that best suit their future study plans.

The Achieve Pathway; is a bespoke pathway offered to students who require additional learning support, such as literacy and/or numeracy. At GCSE, the emphasis is placed upon selecting subjects in which students are likely to succeed and support future career aspirations.

Subjects studied

  • English 
  • Maths 
  • Science 
  • Geography 
  • History 
  • MFL (French and Spanish) 
  • Art 
  • Design Technology 
  • Music 
  • Performing Arts 
  • PE 
  • PSHCCEE (Citizenship, careers, relationships and related education) 

Further Study at GCSE 

Year 9 students will be required to choose options from one of the three Goodwin Academy Pathways: 


  • Selected from more able students for additional challenge 
  • EBacc curriculum with a language             


  • Traditional options pathway designed to challenge 
  • EBacc curriculum with language optional 


  • Selected students 
  • Bespoke curriculum offering opportunity and challenge 

Core Subjects 

All students will study the following core curriculum: 

  • GCSE English Language and Literature 
  • GCSE Maths and GCSE Statistics for the more able 
  • GCSE Science (Combined or 3x Single Sciences) 
  • PSHCCEE (Citizenship, careers, relationships and related education) 
  • Core PE/Games 

Current Options Subjects 

  • GCSE Geography 
  • GCSE History 
  • GCSE French 
  • GCSE Design Technology 
  • GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition 
  • BTEC Art and Design 
  • Business Enterprise and Marketing 
  • Digital Information Technology BTEC 
  • Health and Social Care Cambridge National 
  • Media Studies BTEC 
  • Music BTEC 
  • Performance and Production Arts BTEC 
  • Sport BTEC