At The Hyndburn Academy we aim to ensure that all students study a rich, varied and challenging curriculum that develops them as you people as well as young academics. Our curriculum structure works through a two-week timetable where every day has five 1-hour lessons plus a registration/tutor time at the start of the day. The full details of individual subject areas will be added over the next term.
Key Stage 3
We have a two year Key Stage 3. During Years 7 and 8 all students follow the same courses. All students’ study: English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, French, Art, Music, Drama, Physical Education (PE), Technology, ICT and Religious Education (RE). All classes are set according to ability. PE and Design & Technology (DT) are taught in smaller mixed ability classes.
Our students in Years 7 and 8 will follow the United Learning ‘Mastery Curriculum’ in English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, Computing, Music and PE. A mastery curriculum breaks the key knowledge relating to each subject area into units with clearly specified objectives, which are pursued until they are achieved. Students must demonstrate a high level of success on tests.
At the end of Year 8, students choose their options and begin to study their GCSE subjects from Year 9. The options process begins in the January with assemblies to explain the option process and introduce new subjects that have not been taught at Key Stage 3. In February we hold a Parents ‘Careers and Information’ evening. Attendance to this is always high and is highly valued by all, giving students and parents the opportunity to meet subject leaders, further education providers and a wide range of business advisors. In addition, parents and students may book in for one-to-one meetings with a member of the senior leadership team or pastoral team to review and discuss career aspirations and suitable GCSE options.
Key Stage 4
Years 9 to 11 are important years in preparing students for external examinations and for further education or apprenticeships. Having a three year Key Stage 4 allows us to devote extra time to Maths and English, however also ensures that students have maximum choice and can select up to four options for subjects studied.
In Key stage 4, in addition to core subjects of Maths, English and Sciences and PE all students select four GCSE to study. Year 11 students apply to enter our Sixth Form and select the A level / vocational subjects they wish to study. Students are encouraged to consider a full range of post-16 options available, however we are pleased that we have a strong relationship with our sister school Accrington Academy and its outstanding Post-16 provision.
At The Hyndburn Acadmey we recognise that the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of students plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve. Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education (SMSC) is delivered in all curriculum areas and in every aspect of Academy life.
SMSC Education is broadly split into four areas:
Spiritual: exploring beliefs and experiences; respecting values; discovering oneself and the surrounding world; using imagination and creativity; reflection.
Moral: recognising right and wrong; understanding consequences; investigating moral and ethical issues; offering reasoned views.
Social: using social skills in different contexts; working well with others; resolving conflicts; understanding how communities work.
Cultural: appreciating cultural influences; participating in cultural opportunities; understanding, accepting, respecting and celebrating diversity.
The Hyndburn Academy promotes SMSC development of our students through a variety of ways including:
- the provision of a broadly balanced and rich curriculum. Within this, teachers strive to promote opportunities whereby students are encouraged to engage with the wider world, and consider and question their place within it,
- the delivery of a ECM days six times a year.
- a varied assembly and weekly Thought for the Week programme through which teachers and visitors discuss topics that help students reflect upon themes that are important in the wider world today,
- an extensive extra-curricular programme that includes sporting, academic, musical and cultural opportunities.