Key Stage Information

The broad and balanced curriculum at Goodwin Academy is designed to provide all pupils with a high-quality education appropriate to their needs in order to prepare them academically, socially and personally for the opportunities, challenges and responsibilities of further or higher education, employment and adult life.

The Academy’s virtues of Brilliance, Enrichment, Society and Thinking underpins all aspects of our inclusive provision assisting our students to enjoy their education, feel valued and to develop both academically and personally. All pupils are supported in their learning and encouraged to engage in every aspect of school life.

At Goodwin Academy, we operate a 3-year Key Stage 3 and we want the curriculum to ensure that all students have both the academic depth and breadth of knowledge required to be successful at GCSE, and also have developed the required study skills and metacognitive approaches to learning that we instil to ensure students can develop long term knowledge and skills.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)

Students follow courses in Maths, English, Science, History, Geography, French, RE and PSHE, Physical Education, ICT, Food and Nutrition, Art, Music, and Performing Arts. Pupils are placed in mixed ability tutor groups.  In Maths and Science students are grouped according to their ability but in other subjects they are taught in mixed ability groups.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11)

Our Pathways process is based on the interests, abilities and aptitude of pupils. It offers a range of GCSE and Level 2 Vocational qualifications, designed to support students to progress to Key Stage 5. No pupil is forced to study a non-core subject or down a curriculum route they do not wish to follow.

At KS4 all pupils will study/follow:

  • The core subjects of English Language, English Literature, Mathematics and Science to full GCSE level.
  • A choice of History or Geography
  • Subjects offered in our option structure include Triple Science, French, Digital Information Technology, Creative Media, Enterprise and Marketing, Business, Health and Social Care, Food Technology, Sport, Art, Photography, 3D Art, Music, Dance and Drama
  • Core PE

At Key Stage 4 mixed ability tutor groups are retained. Setting continues in English, Mathematics and Science. The option groups are taught in mixed ability groups.

Key Stage 5 (Years 12-13)

Our curriculum offers a broad range of qualifications tailored to suit the needs to our learners and is well sequenced so that students can build on their knowledge and skills and will enable them to succeed and fulfil their ambitions. The Sixth form offers both Advanced and Vocational subjects, as well as GCSE English and Maths resits if required. Alongside the academic curriculum students within the Sixth Form follow a structured PSHE curriculum that is designed to promote their social, moral, spiritual and cultural development.

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