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Curriculum Approach

A Balanced & Broad Curriculum

At Irlam & Cadishead Academy we aim to ensure that all students have a balanced curriculum that inspires and challenges them. 

We want students to learn and to enjoy learning. We want students to think and to ask questions. Most importantly, we want students to achieve and to feel proud of their success.

Our approach to curriculum demonstrates our determination to provide opportunities for all students to make good or outstanding progress and to attain at least 8 GCSEs or equivalent.  We use a wide range of teaching and learning strategies to ensure that students are actively involved in their own learning. We also ensure that links between the different Key Stages are made clear so that students can ensure they take their knowledge and experience with them from one stage to another and can use this to their benefit.

A Key Stage is a stage of the state education system, which sets the educational knowledge and progress expected of students at various ages.

For further details about specific subjects, please refer to our ‘curriculum’ tab which outlines the teaching and vision for each of our Departments.

Changes to National Curriculum

In the next few years we will see many changes to the National Curriculum in secondary schools; some will affect all students and some will affect only a few. The changes are many, however please be assured that the Academy has considered these changes for some time and we have planned appropriately in order to embrace them and ensure a smooth transition.

Year 9 Options

In Year 9, students have to make their options choices for the subjects they will go on to study throughout Key Stage 4 in Years 10 and 11. Please see our ‘Options Booklet’ for further details.

GCSE’s 2018-19

At KS4 students will study English Language, English Literature, Mathematics and Combined Science as their compulsory subjects. In addition, as part of the options process, pupils ‘opt’ to study subjects including: Triple Science, Geography, History, French, Childcare, Media, Construction, Performing Arts, Engineering, Art, Textiles and Sports Studies. We aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that supports our learners in their future aspirations.