The Curriculum at Jewellery Quarter Academy

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Curriculum Intention: At JQA we aim for an aspirational curriculum which delivers a quality CORE education that provides a broad range of opportunities to learn and achieve as well as developing a depth of character around our shared values:

Collaboration – we will emphasise collaborative ways of working and be outward-facing, giving students opportunities to participate in a wide range of opportunities through our partnerships with local and national organisations.

Opportunity – our curriculum will provide deep learning that accelerates our students’ understanding of the world around them. We will equip our students with ambition and aspirations so that they become happy and successful members of society. Our curriculum will enable students to gain a range of qualifications that facilitate their next steps and give them opportunities to succeed in their future employment.

Respect – our curriculum will emphasise and be grounded in an atmosphere of mutual respect. We will expose our students to a wide range of cultural experiences, promote British Values and celebrate diversity.

Excellence – we will challenge all students to be the best that they can be. Our curriculum will provide students with the knowledge that they need to be successful and equip them with the skills to retain and apply that knowledge effectively. We will design our curriculum to ensure that knowledge is transferred into students’ long-term memories, building both retrieval strength and storage strength through overlearning and repetition.

Curriculum Groupings and Pathways

Our focus is on breadth of curriculum and on providing all students, regardless of their prior attainment, with many opportunities to acquire knowledge, master skills, and to develop into well-rounded individuals, who can make informed choices about all aspects of their lives. We have begun to make fundamental changes to our curriculum to ensure this, however this work is far from complete and our curriculum, and curriculum planning, continue to evolve. We operate a two-week timetable.

  • Following our curriculum review work, from September 2020, guided choices will take place during Year 9 and take effect in Year 10. Historically, students have made guided choices at the end of Year 8, to allow them to focus in more depth on the subjects that they will pursue at Key Stage 4 from Year 9 onwards.
  •  In Year 7 students are taught in mixed ability groups and follow a ‘Literacy for Life’ curriculum. We have introduced this innovative curriculum this year to improve Key Stage 2 to 3 transition, raise attainment and increase the challenge of our Key Stage 3 provision.
  • Currently, in Years 8-11 we set pupils based on their prior attainment but we do not define or limit their curriculum and future progression on this basis.
  • All students have a 1 hour period of Personal Development  but also have a range of opportunities outlined in our Personal Development Map to develop their character – including tutor time activities, assemblies and work with external partners.

In Key Stage Three students will study:

  • English (including reading lessons)
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Education (through L4L)
  • Art
  • Design and Technology (Resistant Materials and Food)
  • Drama
  • French
  • Geography (through L4L)
  • History (through L4L)
  • Music
  • Personal Development

 In Key Stage Four students will study:

Core (all students)

Options (selected through our guided choices process)

If you would like to find out any further information about the curriculum at Jewellery Quarter Academy, then please contact Mr Barton via Reception or at [email protected]