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“We will develop a curriculum that meets the needs, sparks the imagination and brings the best out of each individual pupil according to his/her ambition, aspirations, ability, interest and learning styles”

 

“Young people will respond to challenge as long as that challenge is relevant to theirindividual needs and aspirations”

 

All pupils will be offered the National Curriculum although we will take full advantage of the flexibility on offer in order to provide pupils with a personalised learning experience.

We believe that English and Mathematics provide the foundation for skills essential in the work place; as such we will endeavour to ensure that all young people have the English and Mathematics skills they need to succeed in life. A large proportion of our curriculum is allocated to developing these essential skills. We will assess the individual needs of all pupils and will support vulnerable pupils by providing intensive literacy and numeracy teaching.

This academic year we have extended and restructured the teaching day to facilitate a wider range of learning. This has enabled us to provide more curriculum time to a whole range of subjects from Geography and History to less academic subjects like Drama and Art.

Every pupil will have a structured programme of learning and will have access to mentoring and coaching where a need is identified. Teachers and Curriculum Leaders will monitor every pupil closely, ensuring their courses match their needs and that they are progressing as well as they should.

Across all Key Stages, teaching groups will be rigorously set by ability to ensure that pupils receive the appropriate level of challenge and support required to ensure progress.  In some areas sets will be based on gender as we have found this to have a positive impact on the progress of both boys and girls. Prior attainment data and CAT scores will be used to create these groupings on entry in Year 7, and by closely monitoring pupil progress we will ensure that pupils are appropriately placed on their learning journey through the Academy.

 

The key features of the curriculum in 2015-2016 are:

Years 7 and 8
We will provide a common curriculum for Year 7 pupils and Year 8 pupils. The aim is to create a broad and balanced curriculum with a significant amount of time given over to the core subjects. Pupils will also study at least 1 foreign language in Years 7 and 8. There will be an intensive literacy catch up programme for those pupils that require it. This group will be maintained, according to need throughout Key Stage 3.

 

Years 9, 10 and 11
The strong focus on English, Maths and Science will be retained. Two learning pathways will then be available, each delivering the National Curriculum, albeit with differences in emphasis and balance.  Pupils will be able to take up to 2 languages and individual Science GCSEs.
For those pupils for whom it is most appropriate, a Modern Language and History or Geography will be compulsory.
The learning pathways offer opportunities to study GCSE’s or BTEC’s. Each pathway delivers a core experience in English, Mathematics, Science and PE, although the balance will vary according to learning attributes, aptitude and interest.   Other subjects will be selected from a preference process.
Again we believe that the courses should match the aspirations, abilities and aptitudes of all pupils.
Years 12 and 13
We offer a range of AS and A-Level courses including Physics and Further Mathematics as well as BTEC Level 3 qualifications.
The Sixth Form at Abraham Darby is over-subscribed this year and is the fastest growing Sixth Form in Telford and Wrekin. Our students have gone on to attend a whole range of Universities including those in the prestigious ‘Russell Group’. We encourage our Sixth Form students to take active roles within the Academy, providing opportunities to develop leadership skills, gain work experience and learn about the pathways open to them when they leave.

 

After School Provision
At Abraham Darby we believe that the learning experiences of the pupils should not stop at the end of the school day. We provide a whole range of after school activities including a vast range of sporting, musical and academic classes.
Year 11, 12 and 13 students have a diet of after school revision classes with teachers committed to providing the best possible exam preparation to our pupils.
Music is an important part of Abraham Darby. The aim is to maintain and build on the excellent national and international reputation of the bands while widening the range of opportunity and the levels of excellence in other areas of performance – choirs, popular music, drama, dance etc. The new Academy building has a state of the art range of performance facilities, including a professional recording studio and auditorium which will increase further still the range of opportunities available to our pupils and the local community.

The Adams’ Federation with Adams’ Grammar School leads to a sharing of culture, the opportunity for teachers, to share ideas and ‘best practice’, the improvement of Teaching and Learning, opportunities for the Most Able pupils, joint events, activities and services.

 

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