Curriculum Intent

Ark Burlington Danes Curriculum Intent

At Ark Burlington Danes Academy, we believe that everyone deserves to be accepted, included and empowered to live a life that is purposeful and fulfilling. Our curriculum supports this vision and our Christian ethos: it is a broad, balanced and equitable offer; built around the core disciplines of English, mathematics, science, humanities, languages and religious education. All subject areas prepare pupils for future study within their discipline, with mastery of core and foundation subjects ensuring pupils have choice later on in their education; as they specialise in key areas of study.  The curriculum in each subject area has been designed backwards from university study, through A-Level, GCSE and down to KS3, to ensure students can reach their fullest potential.  As a school we are passionate about our young people being taught the best of what has been thought and written; supporting them to navigate their way through the skills and knowledge required to empower them.  Thus providing choice and contentment in a world which can sometimes seem unjust.

Assessment plays a key role at Ark Burlington Danes and is intrinsically linked to both curriculum and teaching and learning. Frequent formative assessment in class, through low stakes testing advises students on how to improve their work and make progress. Students receive regular feedback on how to make progress. Our curriculum is organised into three cycles, and formal examinations take place during Assessment Point 1 (Nov/Dec) and the End of Year Exams (June/July) for Years 7-10 & 12. Students preparing for terminal exams in the summer: Year 11 and Year 13, have key summative assessment points to track progress in autumn (Nov) and spring (Jan/Feb).  These summative assessments allow students and staff to measure progress against national standards, and inform our interventions to support student in reaching their full potential.

We believe that students perform best when working with peers of a similar ability in core and foundation subjects, and as such our classes are set, with opportunities for students to change classes according to the progress they are making after key assessment windows. However, our house tutor groups are mixed, facilitating collaborative work across all abilities. We also offer opportunities for our Sixth Formers to work with younger students through the ‘Give Back Programme’.

Our primary phase curriculum benefits from the specialisms in the secondary phase where subject expertise is shared, for example, in physical education and modern foreign languages to ensure stretch and challenge is provided.

KS3 Curriculum Offer:

Our students are exposed to a challenging curriculum. We have a strong focus on the core subjects English, maths and science. Throughout key stage 3, students study three humanities subjects (history, geography and religious education) and a language. In addition to this, students have the experience of technical and visual arts subjects, including music, drama, art and design. They receive PSHCE through the ‘Character and Assemblies Programme’ daily which aims to build the skills and knowledge required to progress both throughout the school and into the wider world, raising aspirations and promoting kindness and thankfulness.

The full subject offer is outlined below. The total number of periods per week is 35.

Subject

No of periods per week

Y7

Y8

Y9

English

6

6

6

Maths

6

6

6

Science

5

5

5

History

3

3

3

Geography

3

3

3

RE

2

2

2

French

3

3

3

PE

3

3

3

Music

1

1

1

Drama

1

1

1

Creative Design (Art, Catering)

2

2

2

KS4 Curriculum Offer:

Our key priority at key stage 4 is that students have the essential skills of literacy, numeracy and are prepared for further study, employment and life after school. All Ark Burlington Danes students follow a common core of English language and literature, mathematics, science, PE, RE and PSHCE (delivered through the character programme). Pathways through mathematics vary according to the higher and foundation tier. In science, pupils either study the triple science pathway (biology, chemistry and physics) or combined science (two GSCE qualifications).

In addition pupils choose three or four option choices from a range of GCSEs and BTEC courses. We also offer students following the Btech route extra support in English and maths to ensure they reach a high standard of literacy and numeracy.

In addition to this, year 11 are offered intervention classes to prepare them for exams after school, 4 times per week and throughout the school holidays.

Subject

Qualification

Type

No of periods per week

Y10

Y11

English

GCSE

Core

5

5

Maths

GCSE

Core

5

5

Science

GCSE

Core

6 or 8*

6 or 9*

RE

GCSE

Core

3

3

PE

N/A

Core

2

2

History

GCSE

Foundation

4*

4

Geography

GCSE

Foundation

4*

4

French

GCSE

Foundation

4*

4

Music

GCSE

Foundation

3

3

Drama

GCSE

Foundation

3

3

Fine Art

GCSE

Foundation

3

3

Photography

GCSE

Foundation

3

3

Sociology

GCSE

Foundation

3

3

Media

GCSE

Foundation

3

3

Business

GCSE

Foundation

3

3

Economics

GCSE

Foundation

3

3

Catering

GCSE

Foundation

 

3

PE

GCSE

Foundation

3

3

Sport

BTech

Foundation

4

 

Music

BTech

Foundation

4

3

Health & Social Care

BTech

Foundation

 

4

Business

BTech

Foundation

 

4

Media

BTech

Foundation

4

4

Literacy

N/A

 

 

2

Numeracy

N/A

 

 

2

*Triple scientists have 9 periods of science and one less option subject in Y11 – they have 8 periods in Y10 and an additional option subject. /y10 triple science students receive 1 less period of Gg/Hi or Fr.

KS5 Curriculum Offer:

Ark Burlington Danes Sixth Form supports pupils in fulfilling their potential and reaching their personal targets. Our primary focus is on student destinations: Russell Group/top third universities and aspirational school leaver pathways such as degree apprenticeships. We support every pupil in choosing the right university pathway and career with confidence. We run a comprehensive tutor support programme and weekly PSHE, Careers and University preparation. The array of universities, courses and employers to which our alumni have progressed is testament to both the hard work of the young people who choose to study with us and the striving, aspirational ethos that helps propel them to success.

Pupils in Ark Burlington Danes Sixth Form are offered an academic programme encompassing 3 A-Level subjects. We also deliver BTEC Nationals in Business and IT through the Ark Professional Pathways Programme.  We currently offer BTEC National Extended Diplomas in Health and Social Care and Sport Science.

Finally, we offer pupils a re-take in English or mathematics GCSE as needed to support with their Higher Education applications and life skills.

The total number of periods per week for Sixth Formers is 21. With additional timetabled study periods (7 periods).

Subject

Qualification

No of periods per week

English Literature

A Level

7

Maths

A Level

7

Further Maths

A Level

7

Core Maths

A Level

7

Biology

A Level

7

Chemistry

A Level

7

Physics

A Level

7

History

A Level

7

Geography

A Level

7

French

A Level

7

Spanish

A Level

7

Music

A Level

7

Art

A Level

7

Drama

A Level

7

Psychology

A Level

7

Philosophy

A Level

7

Sociology

A Level

7

Government & Politics

A Level

7

Photography

A Level

7

Economics

A Level

7

Media

A Level

7

Business

A Level

7

Business (Professional Pathway)

BTech

21

Health & Social Care

BTech

14

Sport

BTech

14

                     IT (Professional Pathway)

BTech

21

Enrichment Offer:

We offer a full enrichment programme to students to supplement the core curriculum. Enrichment is mapped across the curriculum, high quality activities are sourced to promote ‘courageous advocacy’ some activities include a ‘coding club’ to promote digital literacy, scrabble club, sports and performing arts clubs.  Please see our enrichment booklet for details.  We run an extensive range of trips in all curriculum areas to support and enrich curriculum learning. We utilise all the capital has to offer such as The Imperial War Museum, Keats’ House, The Houses of Parliament, The National History Museum, Barclay’s HQ, The Old Vic Theatre, The Tate Modern and many universities. We also offer residential visits across the continent to stretch our students’ horizons so they can apply their knowledge and skills in different contexts. Students interested in the creative arts can perform in our annual shows and musical concerts.  We offer opportunities for students to take up instruments and join the school choir should they choose to.