John Whitgift Academy Curriculum

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At John Whitgift Academy we are passionate about giving our learners the qualifications, skills and qualities required to be socially mobile.  This means that irrespective of their background, they have the chance to fulfill their potential and progress into their chosen career.  The focus of our curriculum model is to ensure that each student achieves a broad and balanced exposure to all aspects of learning, this focus reflects our unrelenting desire for all students to achieve the results they need in future life.

John Whitgift Academy operates a 5 year curriculum. The sequencing of learning across all 5 years allows our students to develop knowledge, skills and content meaning students are better prepared for the more rigorous courses and exams introduced in recent education reform. The academy provides personalised pathways through the curriculum for different groups of students, developing motivation, independence and engagement and ensuring a well-rounded, student-focused education. Our comprehensive tutor programme also ensures coverage of personal, social, health, economic and religious education.

At Key Stage 3 (KS3) our intent is to ensure that students have the opportunity to develop a rich and full knowledge base from which they will benefit in later years.  This is achieved by students participating in an extensive range of subjects including; music, the arts, physical education, languages, humanities, science and of course maths and English.  Where a student joins the academy with lower than expected levels in maths or English, additional support in these subjects is provided, both within the curriculum by intensive support and through bespoke curriculum interventions. We work closely with our feeder primary schools to ensure the pace of progress is maintained as students’ transition between KS2 to KS3. We encourage all students to participate in extra-curricular activities such as charity events, artistic productions, residential visits and sporting events as well as a range of subject based activities at the end of the academy day.

As students move into KS4 they opt to specialise and focus on the subjects, which they feel, will benefit them the most as they transition into further education and/or training. The flexibility of our curriculum model allows the academy to implement the curriculum in a bespoke manner for each individual student. Numerous ‘pathways’ are available to our students, which allows each student to fully maximise their potential within a curriculum tailored to meet their needs and choices.  In addition to the core subjects, KS4 options choices include subjects such as music, art, sport, languages, humanities, iMedia, engineering, health and social care, construction, and business studies (enterprise.)

At John Whitgift Academy we also spend a significant amount of time talking with students and their parents/carers as well as any relevant external support providers to ensure that our curriculum meets individual needs. Regular Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) events and drop down days are used to support this process. 

The curriculum model at John Whitgift Academy has been successful, the result of which is a three year improving trend in student progress and GCSE outcomes. The flexible curriculum has also played a significant role in improving student attendance, lowering persistence absence, lowering fixed term exclusions and reported instances of poor behaviour.  As a consequence of all this, both disadvantaged learners and non-disadvantaged learners at John Whitgift Academy achieve outcomes above national average.

Alongside the taught curriculum we have developed a comprehensive series of drop down days giving all our students the chance to gain a better understanding of themselves and the world of work through STEM events and life skills and careers sessions supported by our growing alumni and also colleagues at HOP (Humber Outreach Programme.)  These enrichment events often incorporate professionals, external businesses, training providers, FE colleges and universities.  

Our students are now better informed than they ever have been and so make more thoughtful choices about their future. The impact of this work has resulted in our NEET figures continuing to reduce to below national averages. This success is at the heart of our vision and values of improving social mobility in the community and contributing to closing the income gap.

The impact of this approach is seen through the continued progress made by all our learners.  Our academy is now the academy of choice in the local area with numbers on role increasing rapidly year on year. Parents and the community have clearly bought in to the school’s ethos and share our common vision for continued success.