Curriculum Intent

At Goodwin Academy we aim to deliver the following ambitious outcomes for our students. Our vision for the curriculum is based around ‘Be Your Best’, so that all students achieve the highest standards of which they are capable.

The BEST Agenda represents B=Brilliance, E=Enrichment, S=Society and T=Thinking.


Our curriculum drives students to aspire to brilliance in all areas by promoting opportunities for academic excellence through a broad and balanced learning experience that stimulates students to be imaginative, creative and reflective in their learning.​


Our curriculum motivates students to become confident and successful individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives regardless of their individual circumstances. The curriculum is designed to enable students to experience the wider world around them, meaning students build the cultural capital needed to successfully engage with a wide variety of social contexts. These opportunities for cultural development are embedded in subjects, in enrichment activities and through our ‘Aspirations’ curriculum.​


Our curriculum emphasises students’ roles as responsible citizens who can make a positive contribution to society, upholding the fundamental British values of democracy and individual liberty. Our curriculum provides our students with the opportunities to experience a diverse range of cultures equipping them for their roles as both local and global citizens.​


Our curriculum sequencing ensures students develop long term knowledge, skills and understanding which can be effectively transferred to new opportunities. We develop lifelong habits to be successful within the Academy and beyond. The use of Thinking Tools is embedded into our curriculum to support students to develop metacognitive approaches, creating awareness of both their own strengths and of areas they would like to develop to be ready for the next step in their life journey.

'The emphasis placed on the learning environment is clearly illustrated in the school. These elements, combined with Goodwin’s commitment to the development of psychological well-being, have resulted in learning and teaching that is focused on the holistic development of every child.'

- University of Exeter, 2022.