Curriculum

Drapers' Academy is, first and foremost, a place of high quality learning and teaching. From the outset, pupils are encouraged to develop initiative and take responsibility for their own learning.

Key Stage 3

Years 7 to 9 pupils follow a broad and balanced curriculum with a strong emphasis on ensuring competence in English and maths. They study English, maths, science, history, geography, religious education, music, art, PE, Technology (including computing) and a modern foreign language subject. In addition, every pupil has the chance and is encouraged to learn a musical instrument. The curriculum is aimed at enhancing personal, learning and thinking skills.

Pupils in maths, science and MFL are grouped by ability, with all other subjects taught in mixed ability groups.

Lessons are structured to develop the key skills of team work, leadership and creativity so that our pupils excel in all subjects and can move on through the year groups with confidence. Pupils are expected to participate in extra-curricular activities and there are trips and visits to enhance what is learnt in the classroom.

KS3 Curriculum Plan

Subject

Lessons per week

English

4

Maths

4

Science

3

Art

1

Drama

1

French*1

2

Geography

2

History

2

Music

1

PE

2

RE

1

Technology*2

2

Total lessons

25

*1Top set language pupils in Y9 study one French and one German lesson each week

*2 Computing is taught through technology lessons

Key Stage 4

In Years 10 and 11, pupils follow an extended core curriculum that includes English, maths, science and PE. Our top scientists are guided towards studying the three sciences (biology, chemistry and Physics).

Outside the core curriculum, pupils are able to choose from a range of guided options, which allows them to pursue individual interests whilst ensuring that they continue to follow broad pathways.

Pupils follow different pathways according to ability and are guided to ensure pupils select the best options for their aptitude and interests. Options include; Art, Business, Catering, Dance, Design & Technology, Drama, French, Geography, German, History, ICT, Music, Physical Education, Religious Education, Prince’s Trust (non GCSE) and AQA Awards (non GCSE).

KS4 curriculum plan

Subject

Lessons per week 

English

4

Maths

4

Science

4

Option 1

3

Option 2

3

Option 3

3

Option 4

3

PE

1

Total lessons

25

 

For further details on the curriculum please read our Key Stage Specific booklets located at the top of this page. For any other queries, please get in touch.

 

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