The curriculum offer for Bluecoat Trent Academy is to be based on the expertise gathered through our extensive successful experience of educating Nottingham City children at existing Archway schools that have all been judged as Good or Outstanding in their most recent Ofsted inspections.
An ‘Archway curriculum’ is designed to equip our students with the necessary knowledge, skills and confidence to succeed throughout their time at the Academy and excel in the next steps in their educational journey, be that at Bluecoat Sixth Form, college, apprenticeship, university or employment.
As at our existing sites, in KS3, students follow the National Curriculum in a broad and balanced diet of experiences from the Arts, Design Technology, Humanities and PE to the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science. We believe that students should be fully prepared for KS4 experience so we ensure that Knowledge, Skills and Understanding taught during KS3 are closely aligned to requirements at KS4.
It is our intention that at the start of KS4, students will personalise their curriculum by choosing subjects which include a wide range of GCSE and Vocational courses. Assessment in these courses will take place in a variety of forms including controlled assessments during the course and public examinations at the end of Key Stage 4. All subjects and qualifications will be carefully selected and reviewed regularly to provide the best possible range of opportunities for our students and provide a platform for further study or employment.
Across Archway the following subjects are studied during KS3:
Humanities [History and Geography]
MFL [Spanish or French]
Performing and Visual Arts: Drama, Music and Art
The KS4 courses offered will provide a firm foundation for future careers and further education. In particular, our courses will be designed to be a natural stepping-stone to GCE AS/A2 Level qualifications and Vocational Subjects offered in our Post 16 Centre. This ensures continuity and progression in learning through Archway. We are convinced that our success as a Trust is due in part to this careful linking of courses and the sustained support of staff for students from the ages of 11 to 18.
It is our intention that students will follow a core curriculum of:
English (Language and Literature)
an EBACC option (Geography, History or Modern Foreign Language)
Students then have a choice of 2 further options including:
A second EBACC option (Geography, History or Modern Foreign Language)
Art & Design
Computer Science or ICT
Creative & Media
Design & Technology
Food Preparation and Nutrition
Hair & Beauty
Health & Social Care
PE / Sport
Thursday Afternoon – Staff Development and Student Enrichment:
At Archway we aim to recruit and retain high quality teaching staff whom we expect to be excellent, by delivering inspirational teaching that ignites a love of learning and instils a belief in learners that anything is possible.
Archway is also passionately committed to developing every facet of the young people in our care. We believe that while academic success is of prime concern we should think beyond that too, caring for and encouraging their physical and mental wellbeing.
It is proposed that we will therefore adopt the same Thursday afternoon 2pm finish to the timetabled lessons to allow staff to engage in ongoing professional training.
Year 7 students will remain for enrichment activities from 2pm to 3pm. Our enrichment programme will provide rich opportunities for students to explore new interests, challenge themselves and, crucially, have a lot of fun! Across the Archway Learning Trust enrichment activities include a wide range of sporting activities; football, netball, hockey, rugby, basketball, table tennis, athletics and cricket to name a few. We also have opportunities in the arts; learning to play a musical instrument and taking part in drama performances. We have STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Maths), journalism and homework clubs.
All Archway schools are also engaged with the Duke of Edinburgh scheme where students can enjoy making a positive difference to their communities whilst developing valuable leadership and teamwork skills.
Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education
We recognise that many of the students may face challenging circumstances and pressures as they grow up in a city context. We believe this could lead to a pronounced need for guidance in many areas covered by PSHCE. We also believe that our students should be active citizens who are ready and willing to contribute to society. To ensure that students receive the input they require PSHCE content will be delivered in the following ways:
- A dedicated hour each week with their Form Tutors.
- Topical elements of PSHCE will feature in our assemblies and tutor time.
- Presentations and events will be delivered by external agencies. This includes theatre productions and music performances to raise the profile and educate around issues such as teenage pregnancy and e-safety.