Curriculum Overview

Intent 

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. 

Implementation 

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. 

Impact 

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.

Subjects

Key Stage

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)

Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11)

Key Stage 5 (Years 12-13)

Curriculum Phase

International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP)

GCSE and Vocational Qualifications

International Baccalaureate Careers-related Programme (IBCP) and Vocational Qualifications

Language and Literature

English Literature and Language

English Literature and Language

IB English Language & Literature

GCSE English Resit

Mathematics

Mathematics

Mathematics

IB Mathematics

GCSE Mathematics Resit

Sciences

Science

Combined Science

Triple Science

IB Biology

IB Physics

BTEC Diploma Applied Science

Values

Physical and Health Education

Physical Health Education

Physical Education (non-examined)


BTEC Sport

BTEC Diploma Sport

Individuals and Societies

Geography

Global Citizenship

History

Geography

History

Religious Studies

BTEC Criminology

IB Geography

IB History

IB Psychology

Language Acquisition

French

Spanish

French

Spanish

IB French

IB Spanish

Arts

Art

Drama

Music

Art

Drama

BTEC Music

IB Art

BTEC Performance Art

Design

ICT

Technology

BTEC Business

Creative iMedia

Design Technology

BTEC Engineering

BTEC Food Technology

BTEC Business

BTEC Diploma Engineering

OCR ICT

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)

Curriculum Phase: International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP)

  • English Literature and Language
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Values
  • Physical Health Education
  • Individuals and Societies
    • Geography
    • Global Citizenship
    • History
  • Language Acquisition
    • French
    • Spanish
  • Arts
    • Art
    • Drama
    • Music
  • Design
    • ICT
    • Technology
Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11)

Curriculum Phase: GCSE and Vocational Qualifications

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

Curriculum Phase: International Baccalaureate Careers Related Programme (IBCP) and Vocational Qualifications

  • Language and Literature
    • IB English Language and Literature
    • GCSE English Resit
  • Mathematics
    • IB Mathematics
    • GCSE Mathematics Resit
  • Sciences
    • IB Biology
    • IB Physics
    • BTEC Diploma Applied Science
  • Values
  • Physical and Health Education
    • BTEC Diploma Sport
  • Individuals and Societies
    • BTEC Criminology
    • IB Geography
    • IB History
    • IB Psychology
  • Language Acquisition
    • IB French
    • IB Spanish
  • Arts
    • IB Art
    • BTEC Performance Art
  • Design
    • BTEC Business
    • BTEC Diploma Engineering
    • OCR ICT

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.