Subjects

Students at Albany have access to a wide variety of lessons. As a result, we develop well rounded human beings, who are prepared to make a positive contribution to our wider community; who demonstrate mutual respect, empathy, an acute appreciation of fairness and a strong sense of self-worth.

English

It is impressive that 3000 books have been read by the Key Stage 3 students in just six months
— Ofsted 2014

 

The Aim of the English department is to give all pupils a ‘voice’ with which they will be equipped for life. To help pupils succeed in spoken and written communication. We also aim to develop pupils’ understanding of the spoken word and the ability to express themselves through a variety of speaking and listening activities.

English is studied for 3 hours per week in Year 8, 4 hours per week in Year 7, 9 and 10 and 5 hours per week in Year 11.

Mathematics

Outstanding progress is made in mathematics, especially for the most able students
— Ofsted 2014

The aim of the Mathematics department is to develop a positive attitude to Mathematics along with confidence, enjoyment, interest and perseverance. We look to develop a good basis in numeracy, having a feel for number and the significance of the results obtained. We also encourage our students to develop an ability to think mathematically, logically and laterally.

Maths is studied for 3 hours per week in Year 7, 8 and 9, 4 hours per week in Year 11 and five hours per week in Year 10.

Science

The aim of the Science department is to provide our students with a broad knowledge of science. This includes topics such as famous scientists, how science changed the world, science in sport as well as specific knowledge of chemistry, biology and physics.

Science is studied for 3 hours per week in Year 7, 8 and 9, 5 hours per week in Year 10 and six hours per week in Year 11.

Art

The aim of the Art department is to ensure that students gain and develop knowledge, skills and understanding of a range of techniques and Art media in line with National Curriculum requirements.

Art is taught for 4 hours per week on a rota in Year 7, 8 and 9, and 3 hours per week in Year 10 and 11 if chosen as an option.

Drama

The aim of the Drama department is to provide students with an understanding of different genres and performance styles and he ways in which performers and designers communicate meaning to an audience. Students get chance to perform to a wide variety of audience and can perform in school productions.

Drama is studied not studied in Year 7 and then studied on a rota with music for 1 hour a week in Year 8 and 9. Drama is studied for 3 hours in Year 10 and 11 if chosen as an option.

Geography

The aim of the Geography department is to provide our students with a broad knowledge of the subject area. This includes topics such as making and mapping connections, flood disaster, tourism, the weather and many other areas that form part of the curriculum.

Geography is studied for 2 hours per week in Year 7, 8 and 9, and 3 hours per week in Year 10 and 11 if chosen as an option.

History

The aim of the History department is to provide our students with a broad knowledge of how our history helped to shape the modern world. We study how Britain has changes since 1066 and include subjects such as World War one and World War two.

History is studied for 2 hours per week in Year 7, 8 and 9, and 3 hours per week in Year 10 and 11 if chosen as an option.

Computing

The aim of the Computing department is to develop the programming capability of the students. During the Computing lessons the students will develop their skills, knowledge and understanding. This will be consolidated by the use of ICT in other areas of the curriculum.

Computing is taught for 4 hours per week on a rota in Year 7, 8 and 9, and 3 hours per week in Year 10 and 11 if chosen as an option.

Languages

The aim of the Languages department is to enable our students to learn about another language and culture. The languages learned at Albany are French (Year 7 - 11) and Spanish (Year 8 - 11). Lessons focus on themes such as counting, personal meetings, family and food and drink.

French is taught for 2 hours per week in Year 7 and 1 hour per week in Year 8. In Year 9 (as of September 2017) students choose whether they wish to study French or Spanish and study this subject for 2 hours per week. In Year 10 and 11 students who have chosen French as an option study for 3 hours per week.

Spanish is not taught in Year 7 but is taught for 2 hours per week in Year 8. In Year 9 (as of September 2017) students choose whether they wish to study French or Spanish and study this subject for 2 hours per week. In Year 10 and 11 students who have chosen Spanish as an option study for 3 hours per week.

Life Studies

The Life Studies subject area has been created to provide pupils with a focussed weekly lesson that covers the diverse and dynamic curriculums of Citizenship and P.S.H.E. Topics covered include relationships, my rights, making a difference and taking risks.

Life Studies is taught for 1 hours per week in Year 7, 8 and 9, and 1 hour per week on a rota in 10 and 11.

Music

The aim of the Music department is to develop an appreciation and understanding of how music is made and performed. Students participate in practical and theory lessons aimed at developing their musical understanding. Students can also learn new instruments and have many opportunities to perform in concerts during their time at Albany.

Music is studied for one hour per week  in Year 7 and then studied on a rota with Drama for 1 hour a week in Year 8 and 9. Music is studied for 3 hours in Year 10 and 11 if chosen as an option.

Physical Education

The aim of the Physical Education department is to provide an enjoyable, satisfying and balanced programme, with opportunities for all pupils to develop physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively. The Physical Education Curriculum offers a comprehensive range of experiences to meet the needs of individual pupils and encourage active involvement by all as performers, observers and officials.

Physical Education is studied for 2 hours per week in Year 7, 8 and 9, and 3 hours per week in Year 10 and 11 if chosen as an option.

Religious Education

The aim of the Religious Education department is to develop our students knowledge by stimulating their own beliefs. All units covered develop students understanding of religious beliefs and practices and how they affect people's lives. Some units emphasise moral issues; others study a particular religion in depth.

Religious Education is studied for 1 hours per week in Year 7, 8 and 9, and 3 hours per week in Year 10 and 11 if chosen as an option.

Technology

The technology department covers four main subjects including, Catering, Resistant Materials, Graphic Design and ICT. All subjects focus on providing students with a basic understanding and practical skills in order to produce stunning pieces of work.

Technology is taught for 4 hours per week on a rota in Year 7, 8 and 9, and 3 hours per week in Year 10 and 11 if chosen as an option.

Outstanding progress is made in mathematics, especially for the most able students
— Ofsted 2014