The Curriculum

The curriculum is a strength of the academy
— Ofsted 2014

Albany aims to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that meets the social and academic needs of our pupils. Our guiding principle is personalisation. A combination of streaming and setting is used where appropriate together with differentiation in the classroom to help to stretch and support each of our pupils.

Within each of the subject areas and through the wider life of the school we promote the social, moral, spiritual and cultural development of our pupils. 

At Key Stage 4 pupils follow compulsory examination subjects; these are maths, English and science. The number and type of qualification will be determined by the faculty.  Pupils must also study the core subjects PE, RE and life studies (PSHCEE).

In addition pupils must take three subjects from the Key Stage 4 option subjects. This makes a total of eight to ten examination subjects. The option structure allows pupils to take the English Baccalaureate pathway.

The guidance that students receive is excellent. Students are successfully prepared for the next stage in their education and employement
— Ofsted 2014

The large majority of pupils will study all GCSE qualifications. A small minority of pupils whose needs cannot be met by the option subjects will be supported in a variety of vocational courses provided in partnership with local colleges and training providers. For details of examination subjects please refer to our option booklet.   

The school week is divided into 25 periods, each lasting one hour. Subject allocations per week are:

Core Curriculum

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.

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 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.

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

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.

Humanities

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 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 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.

French is taught for 2 hours per week in Year 7 and 1 hour per week in Year 8. In Year 9 students choose whether they wish to study French or Spanish and study this subject for 2 hours per week. In Years 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  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.

Arts and Technology

Music is studied for one hour per week  in Years 7, 8 and 9. Music is studied for 3 hours in Year 10 and 11 if chosen as an option.

Art is taught for one hour per week in Years 7 and 8 and 3 hours per week in Year 10 and 11 if chosen as an option.

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

Computing is taught for one hour per week in Years 7 and 8 and 3 hours per week in Year 10 and 11 if chosen as an option.

Technology, including food and resistant materials, is taught for 2 hours per week Year 7 and one hour per week in Year 8 and 3 hours per week in Year 10 and 11 if chosen as an option.

For art, drama, computing, food and technology, students choose in Year 9 two of these subjects as ‘pre-options’. These are studied for 2 hours per week.

For more information about our curriculum please contact the school on 01257 244020.