Curriculum

Our taught curriculum is delivered through a weekly timetable, divided each day into 5 periods of 60 minutes - the majority of our students also complete sessions beyond this and take part in the many extra-curricular opportunities at the end of the formal school day.

Key Stage 3 (Year 7 and 8)

The curriculum for Key Stage 3 is as follows:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • History
  • Geography
  • MFL (French & Spanish)
  • Technology
  • Art
  • Computing
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Dance
  • PE/Sport
  • Religious Studies
  • Technology and Art are taught on a rotational basis to enable all students to experience a variety of subject areas including: Food and Nutrition, Computing and Art.

On entry to the Academy students are placed in classes based on their KS2 data.

Band and set changes can be made at any time during the academic year in consultation with Curriculum Leaders and Senior Leaders.

Students in Year 7 complete the Cognitive Ability Tests test during their first term. Students’ sets and bands are then re-examined and changes made according to progress from KS2, current teacher assessment data and the results of their Cognitive Ability Tests examinations. This is to ensure that students are able to access the most appropriate curriculum pathway in their option choices.

Key Stage 3 (Year 9)

The Curriculum for year 9 is as follows:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • PE

Students can choose to refine their subjects by choosing either History or Geography and then taking a second language. Alternatively they will continue with History and Geography and a modern foreign language.

Students will also choose to study two subjects at GCSE level from the start of Year 9. Their choices are subject to change each year but include:

  • Statistics
  • Religious Studies
  • GCSE PE
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Performing Arts
  • Art
  • Photography
  • Food and Nutrition

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

The curriculum in Years 10 and 11 gives students more choice but within an overall framework that ensures they enjoy a broad and balanced education. All students follow a common core of subjects and supplement this with option choices. A structured guidance programme ensures that option choices meet the needs of the individual student.

Core Subjects at KS4: These are the subjects that all students must study at Droylsden Academy:

  • English Language and Literature
  • Maths
  • Science
  • PE

Although a non-statutory subject, we are making provision for personal, social, health and economic education. This year we are delivering PSHE through curriculum delivery, assemblies, Learning Tutorials and dedicated careers events.

Our termly themes are carefully chosen to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of our students. We plan sessions to prepare our students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

Option subjects include the following (these are subject to change each year and are dependent on the needs and wants of the Academy students):

History, Geography, Religious Studies, French, Spanish, Computer Science, Drama, Art & Design, Photography, PE/Sport, Performing Arts, Music, Dance, Food and Nutrition, Health & Social Care, Triple Science and ICT

All subjects at KS4 are taken at Level 2: GCSE or BTEC

Students at Droylsden Academy are encouraged to complete The English Baccalaureate. This is awarded to any student who secures good GCSE passes (5 - 9) in ALL of the following subjects:

  • English Language or Literature
  • Maths
  • Science or Computer Science
  • A Modern Foreign Language
  • A Humanities subject (History or Geography)

The curriculum will enable all young people to become:

"Successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve"

This means students will:

  • have the essential learning skills of literacy, numeracy and information and communication technology
  • be creative, resourceful and able to solve problems
  • have enquiring minds and think for themselves to process information, reason, question and evaluate
  • communicate well in a range of ways
  • understand how they learn and learn from their mistakes
  • be able to learn independently and with others
  • know about big ideas and events that shape our world
  • enjoy learning and are motivated to achieve the best they can now and in the future
  • are able to critique, weigh evidence and make judgements.

"Confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives"

This means that students will:

  • have a sense of self-worth and personal identity
  • relate well to others and form good relationships
  • be self-aware and deal well with their emotions
  • make informed and ethical judgements
  • become increasingly independent, be able to take the initiative and organise themselves
  • make healthy lifestyle choices
  • be physically competent and confident
  • take managed risks and stay safe
  • recognise their talents and have ambitions
  • be willing to try new things and make the most of opportunities
  • be open to the excitement and inspiration offered by the natural world and human achievements

"Responsible Citizens who make a positive contribution to society"

This means that students will:

  • be well prepared for life and work
  • be enterprising
  • be able to work cooperatively with others
  • respect others and act with integrity
  • understand own and others’ cultures and traditions and have a strong sense of their own place in the world
  • appreciate the benefits of diversity
  • challenge injustice, be committed to human rights and strive to live peaceably with others
  • sustain and improve the environment, locally and globally
  • take into account the needs of the present and future generations in the choices they make
  • be able to change things for the better and be able to handle the conflicting values they encounter in society.
Droylsden Academy
Manor Road, Droylsden,
Manchester M43 6QD
T: 0161 301 7600
F: 0161 301 7601
E: info@droylsdenacademy.com