Curriculum Overview


A curriculum that delivers an education of excellence for all.  The Halley Academy aims to equip students with the knowledge, skills and experiences so that they can play an active and informed role in modern 21st Century Britain. 

We believe passionately in the mastery of the core within a broad, balanced and coherent curriculum that develops the whole child holistically. 

The curriculum is shaped by, and deeply rooted in, the strongest available evidence about how students learn and retain knowledge in the long term. We value the uniqueness of each subject we offer. We are committed to students engaging deeply and comprehensively with both substantive and disciplinary knowledge so that they achieve strong outcomes throughout each phase of the curriculum: the Middle Years Programme (MYP), a two year Key Stage 4 and the International Baccalaureate Careers Programme (IBCP).  

Our curriculum prepares students to lead fulfilling and successful adult lives: inquisitive, articulate and internationally engaged, our students are defined by their boundless thirst for knowledge, self-improvement and learning. 


We have a deliberately planned and sequenced 7 year curriculum journey.  We have identified and considered the knowledge, skills and values that enable academic excellence and develop quality of character.  Directors of Learning and teachers then plan backwards from this point, to ensure that at each phase of their journey they receive a rigorous, coherently and intelligently sequenced curriculum.  

Our robust assessment practices carry real meaning: they explicitly challenge the  misconceptions of students, so that our lessons are unapologetically focused on removing the barriers to learning for all learners. 

Students have deep and substantive knowledge precisely because this is deliberately planned, honed and mastered. Our schemes of learning are interleaved, providing ample and timely opportunities to purposefully practice skills and retain knowledge in the long term. 


We strive towards our students increasingly making progress at or above national standards. We do this precisely because they have engaged deeply and meaningfully with a broad and balanced range of diverse and challenging academic and vocational disciplines.  Students can make informed post-18 decisions, most suited to their interests, abilities and future career goals due to the quality of the qualifications and character development they have received at our academy.


Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)


  • Physical and Health Education – P.E.
  • Individuals and Societies – Geography, Global Citizenship and History
  • Language Acquisition – French and Spanish
  • Arts – Art, Drama and Music
  • Design – ICT and Technology
  • Curriculum Phase –  International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP)
  • Language and Literature – English Literature and Language
  • Mathematics – Mathematics
  • Sciences – Science
Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11)


  • Physical and Health Education – Physical Education (non-examined) and BTEC Sport
  • Individuals and Societies – Geography, History and Religious Studies
  • Language Acquisition – French and Spanish
  • Arts – Art, Drama and BTEC Music
  • Design – BTEC Business, Creative iMedia, Design Technology, BTEC Engineering and BTEC Food Technology
  • Curriculum Phase – GCSE and Vocational Qualifications
  • Language and Literature – English Literature and Language
  • Mathematics – Mathematics
  • Sciences – Combined Science and Triple Science
Key Stage 5 (Years 12-13)


  • Physical and Health Education – BTEC Diploma Sport
  • Individuals and Societies – BTEC Criminology, IB Geography, IB History and IB Psychology
  • Language Acquisition – IB French and IB Spanish
  • Arts – IB Art and BTEC Performance Art
  • Design – BTEC Business, BTEC Diploma Engineering and OCR ICT
  • Curriculum Phase – International Baccalaureate Careers-related Programme (IBCP) and Vocational Qualifications
  • Language and Literature – IB English Language & Literature and GCSE English Resit
  • Mathematics – IB Mathematics and GCSE Mathematics Resit
  • Sciences – IB Biology, IB Physics and BTEC Diploma Applied Science

Further Information

On the following pages you can find out more information about our curriculum in practice: individual subject pages; the IB Middle Years Programme; GCSE and vocational option subjects; the IB Careers Related Programme; homework; extra-curricular opportunities; and digital learning.