Our Curriculum

The curriculum at The Brittons Academy can be defined as the sum of all the experiences enjoyed by each student. 

Our Vision

Whatever the academic starting point, prior experience of education or personal circumstances, we believe that every learner can achieve success at The Brittons Academy.  

Our over-arching moral purpose is to transform the life-chances of our students by ensuring they benefit from an ambitious curriculum, in line with National Curriculum requirements, which supports them to make progress in line with, above or significantly above national expectations. 

Our aim is to fully prepare each student to participate fully in society by equipping them with the skills, attributes, values and qualifications characteristic of highly successful adults. 

In short, we will ensure every learner at Brittons will benefit from quality first teaching every lesson, every day.

The Brittons Academy curriculum will equip all learners with:

  • The academic knowledge they need to make excellent progress.
  • The social and cultural knowledge they need to participate confidently in society.
  • The personal employability skills they need to secure continuous, meaningful and satisfying employment.
  • The formal qualifications they need in order to follow their desired path beyond Year 11.

Core Principles

  • The curriculum will offer all students a breadth and depth of study with the level of challenge  matched to individual needs.
  • Essential skills of effective communication  will be deliberately and explicitly taught throughout the curriculum.
  • All areas of the curriculum will support the development of the academy’s ethos of PRIDE, actively promoting the value of a positive mindset, respect, independence, determination and excellence in all that we do.
  • Our curriculum offer will recognise the lifelong equal value of creative and practical subjects.
  • We will promote fundamental British values
  • Our PSHE curriculum will sit at the heart of our wider commitment to the personal, social and health education of all students.
  • Support students to make informed choices by providing impartial information, advice and guidance arounds careers and education beyond Brittons through our comprehensive 5 year CEIAG curriculum.

In all year groups learners study a core curriculum consisting of

  • Maths
  • English
  • Science
  • Physical Education
  • Personal, Social and Health education

In addition, in Year 7, 8 and 9 also study

  • Geography
  • History
  • French
  • Computing
  • Design and Technology
  • Drama
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Music
  • Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

Moving from Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 4

Early in Year 9, every student is invited to a personal CEIAG meeting to support them in choosing the subjects they wish to study at GCSE level. 

The EBacc is a set of subjects at GCSE that can keep a young person’s options open for further study and future careers. The government’s ambition is to see 75% of pupils studying the EBacc subject combination at GCSE by 2022, and 90% by 2025.

The EBacc consists of students studying:

  • English language and literature
  • Maths
  • the sciences
  • Geography or History
  • a language

Whilst the EBacc is valued and encouraged at Brittons, we facilitate our students making a well-informed free choice of GCSE and/or vocational equivalents with the exception of the separate sciences and Computer Science to which students are invited.

Students and parents will receive detailed guidance and support throughout this important process.