Curriculum Statement 2020 - 2021
Our aim is to provide a broad and balanced curriculum, focused on maximising student potential and progress that allows all students to flourish and be the best they can become.
On starting at Burscough Priory Academy every student is allocated a Personal Tutor and is placed into a tutor group. These tutor groups contain students from every year group and each group is a member of one of four houses; Attenborough, Frank, Turing and Yousafzai and each house is led by a House Progress Leader. We have 3 dedicated Pastoral & Behaviour Manager (a non-teacher dedicated to wellbeing support). Year 7 have their own dedicated Pastoral & Behaviour Manager. Tutors and the House Progress Leaders, together with our Head of Learning Support and Assistant Head with responsibility for Progress and Intervention ensure cross subject overview, interrogation and intervention on progress and learning matters for individuals.
Current Key Stage 3
Year 7 – 8
In Year 7 and 8 students are taught in shared mixed attainment groupings for English, Maths, Science, Modern Languages - Spanish, History, Geography, Religious Studies and PE. A smaller group of students work together following the same curriculum with additional support focused on developing literacy and learner confidence.
Another group of subjects is taught on a carousel basis which includes Art, Computing, Design Technology, Drama, Food Preparation and Nutrition and Music. These subjects are taught in rotation in slightly smaller groups.
In Year 9 students are taught in shared mixed attainment groupings for English, History, Geography, Religious Studies, Spanish and PE. In Maths and Science students are taught in ability sets and are introduced to appropriate aspects of the GCSE curriculum. In addition to this, Year 9 students can choose to streamline their curriculum further with 2 choices from Art, Design Technology, Computing, Drama, Food Preparation and Nutrition, Music and a second language, French, as a ‘taster year’ before their final GCSE options in Year 10.
Current Key Stage 4
All students study English Language and Literature, Maths and Science leading to GCSE qualifications and continue to participate in a core PE programme. A significant proportion of students take 3 separate Sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) within their core subject time. Students choose at least 1 GCSE option from Geography, History and/or a Modern Foreign Language, Spanish or French from the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) suite of subjects and up to 2 further GCSE options from either the EBacc subjects listed above and/or Art, Computing, Design Technology, Drama, Food Preparation and Nutrition, Music, Physical Education and Religious Studies and a Cambridge National in Sport Science.
All students in Key Stages 3 and 4 study Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Careers Education (PHSCE) on 5 collapsed curriculum days throughout the year. At Key Stage 4 this includes elements of Religious Education.
We will undertake a Curriculum Review on an annual basis that will take into account Government legislation and the views of students, parents, Local Academy Councillors, staff and the Trust.