Curriculum Overview

At Mary Astell Academy our primary intention is to deliver a broad and balanced, relevant curriculum for our pupils, that is motivating and effective curriculum aimed at re-engaging pupils in the learning process and prepares them for their Post-16 life. 

We strongly believe that all pupils have the right to the best education that a school can provide. All of our pupils have been permanently excluded from mainstream school for a variety of reasons, but principally behavioural difficulties. Many pupils also have emotional difficulties and may have missed significant amounts of learning due to their difficulties and/or poor attendance. 

We intend to develop pupils’ subject knowledge, skills and understanding so that they can reach their potential academically and physically, and to develop values that prepare them for life in the modern world in an ever-changing community and work place. 

To do this we need to give pupils opportunities to develop the behaviours for learning needed to succeed in the world such as concentration, perseverance, resilience, imagination, co-operation, the enjoyment of learning, self-improvement and curiosity. 

Our pupils also need to develop their social skills and understand their role in society. They will have to establish a strong sense of morality, apply this to the culture they live in and understand the cultures of others. 

The National Curriculum is followed on both sites, but there is a significant emphasis in understanding the barriers to learning our pupils to face and adapting the curriculum accordingly. 

It is essential that the curriculum follows that of mainstream as it is the intention that a proportion of the pupils reintegrate back to mainstream schools, but it also needs to engage those pupils who can no longer access a mainstream school. 

The Main Academy Site

The Key Stage 4 school day has been designed to maximise pupils’ exposure to core subjects, “hooking” them into the start of the school day by offering subjects they are keen to follow and therefore improving punctuality and providing an Extended Curriculum that offers choice and interest for all pupils. 

The Key Stage 4 school week 

Lesson 

Monday 

Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday  Friday 
1    9.00 – 9.45 

Hook 

Hook  Hook  Hook  Hook 
2   9.45 – 10.30  Hook/Core  Hook/Core  Hook/Core  Hook/Core 

Hook/Core 

    10.30 – 10.50 

BREAK 

3    10.50 – 11.35 

Core 

Core  Core  Core  Core 
4    11.35 – 12.20 Core  Core  Core  Core 

Core 

12.20 – 12.50

LUNCH 

5    12.50 – 1.35 

Hook/Core 

Extended Curriculum  Extended Curriculum  Extended Curriculum  Hook/Core 
6    1.35 – 2.20  Hook/Core  Hook/Core 

  

Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday 

Level 1 & 2 

Sports Leaders 

Level 1 & 2 

Sports Leaders 

Level 1 & 2 

Sports Leaders 

Level 1 &2 Construction  Level 1 & 2 Construction 

Boxing 

(Princes Trust/D of E) 

Level 1 &2 

 Hair and Beauty 

Boxing 

(Princes Trust/D of E) 

Level 1 &2 

Hair and Beauty 

Level 1 & 2  

Food Technology 

Level 1 & 2  

Food Technology 

GCSE English Literature 
GCSE Statistics  GCSE Additional Science  GCSE Art 

 

Subject (Core)  Number of Lessons  Subject  Number of Lessons 
English  5  ICT  2 
Maths  5  Food  2 
Science  5  PE  3 
    PSHCE  2 
    Extended Curriculum  6 
Total Number of Lessons 30 

 The core curriculum is delivered by subject specialists, whilst most foundation subjects are delivered by a variety of staff. 

The Extended Curriculum is made up from subject options that our pupils generally engaged with and offer both academic and vocational opportunities. 

The curriculum is delivered at a variety of levels according to ability and so that pupils can access different levels of accreditation, from Entry Level to GCSE, giving them many opportunities to see rewards for their achievements. This ensures that as many pupils leave MAA with recognised methods of accreditation and supports their journey into life beyond school, employment and adulthood.  

The Key Stage 3 curriculum is a more primaryclass based curriculum with a significant emphasis on the core subjects which are delivered by the class teacher, the foundation subjects are delivered through the Thematic Curriculum by a variety of teaching staff. Being taught by a reduced number of staff means there is less change for pupils to manage. It is the intention that as many Key Stage 3 pupils as possible will re-integrate into a mainstream setting. 

The Key Stage 3 school week 

 

Lesson 

Monday 

Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday 

Friday 

1  9.00- 9.45 

Core 

Core  Core  Core 

Core 

2    9.45 – 10.30 

Core 

Core  Core  Core 

Core 

10.30 – 10.50 

BREAK 

10.50 – 11.35 

Core 

Core  Core  Core 

Core 

4  11.35 – 12.20 

Core 

Core  Core  Core 

Core 

12.20 – 12.50

LUNCH 

5  12.50 – 1.35

Thematic Curriculum 

Thematic Curriculum  Thematic Curriculum  Thematic Curriculum 

Thematic Curriculum 

 

Half Term  Theme 
Autumn 1  Inspirational People  
Autumn 2  Human Right and Equality 
Spring 1  Health and Well Being 
Spring 2  Russia 
Summer 1  Titanic 
Summer 2  Euro 2020 

 

Subject (Core)  Number of Lessons  Subject  Number of Lessons 
English  5  ICT  2 
Maths  5  Food  2 
Science  5  PE  2 
    PSHCE  2 
    Art  2 
    Humanities   5 
Total Number of Lessons 30 

 

The Keystone Provision  

Day6@Keystone provides a secure educational environment for KS3 or KS4 pupils from 6th day of their exclusion. The aim of this provision is to support most pupils’ transition back into a mainstream setting and others into the main MAA site. The curriculum needs to match that delivered by the mainstream schools, facilitating transition back, but also has to have a strong emphasis on self-moderation, raising self-esteem and confidence so that pupils feel able to cope in a mainstream setting again. 

 

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