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.
The curriculum for Key Stage 3 is as follows:
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.
The Curriculum for year 9 is as follows:
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:
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:
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:
"Successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve"
This means students will:
"Confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives"
This means that students will:
"Responsible Citizens who make a positive contribution to society"
This means that students will: