Key Stage 3
Students follow a common curriculum which will facilitate transition from Key Stage 2 (KS2). Flexible setting based on KS2 SATS and NFER score results are used for all subjects. Thorough monitoring of student achievement means that sets are reviewed regularly, and where appropriate, changes are made. Specific learning difficulties are identified and other special needs addressed, including those of the more able student.
From Year 8 students follow a Level 2 ICT course (AIDA) which is, for the majority of students, accredited in Year 9. This provides a full programme of major skills and practices.
In order to meet the personalised learning agenda, students spend two years in Key Stage 3 and three years in Key Stage 4. This enables all students to take their GCSE / Vocational qualifications when they are ready. Many students are therefore able to begin post-16 courses in Year 11.
Key Stage 4
In addition to the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Physical Education and Science, KS4 options are chosen. These are designed to provide a GCSE and vocational programme whereby the core is enriched by a choice of subjects incorporating Modern Foreign Languages, the Arts and Humanities, Technology and Business Education.
At both Key Stages Enrichment activities will be provided as part of the extended day, in a compulsory programme to broaden and enhance the learning experience. Careers Education, Enterprise Education and Citizenship is integral to all areas of the curriculum with a Work Experience placement for all students in Year 10.
We are working towards the Investor in Careers quality mark and as demonstration of the school’s commitment to careers education, information, advice and guidance towards this award, one of the requirements is to ensure this commitment is formally shared by all staff, students, parents/carers and other relevant partners.
Careers Education, WRL, Information Advice and Guidance – Working towards excellence
Changes in the labour market and learning pathways demand that we provide high quality careers education, information, advice and guidance for all our students. We believe it’s crucial that students develop strong employability skills and get up to date information, advice and guidance whilst at school. Haberdashers Aske’s Academy is fully committed to investing in our students’ futures and is working towards achieving the national careers award ‘Investor in Careers’.
Please download the curriculum booklets below in PDF format.