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Curriculum Plan 

The curriculum and the effective implementation of that curriculum is at the heart of The Sutton Academy.  All students, whatever their ability, need or starting point are entitled to a broad and balanced curriculum rich in knowledge and experience. Students at The Sutton Academy are supported to achieve their full potential and beyond through the provision of a cohesive but diverse curriculum.

Key Stage 3:

All students who joined the Academy from September 2019 follow the desired 3 year Key Stage 3 curriculum model where they study the breadth and depth of the National Curriculum in Years 7, 8 and 9.  In year 7, 8 & 9 the curriculum is delivered in 3 bands and covers the National Curriculum in breadth and depth.  Band 1 and 2 are parallel and contain a similar mix and number of students.  Band 3 is our Gold pathway which provides a more specialised curriculum for students with a range of additional needs.

In Key Stage 3, students study the full National Curriculum in:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • History
  • Geography
  • R.E.
  • Spanish
  • Digital Literacy
  • Music
  • Art
  • Design Technology Rotation
  • P.E.
  • PSHE & Citizenship

Key Stage 4:

At the end of Year 9 these students continue to study the core curriculum which includes English, Mathematics, Science, RE, Digital Literacy and PE.  They will also will choose further options to study alongside these core subjects.  These option subjects are selected to further diversify the curriculum they studied in Key Stage 3 and allows students to study in further detail subjects for which they have a particular passion or interest.

In Years 10 and 11, students will follow one of 3 distinct pathways, Purple, Green or White Pathway. 

  1. Students in the Purple Pathway will follow the English Baccalaureate and study Spanish, plus either Geography or History, plus 2 free choices from the suite of subjects below. 
  2. Students in the Green Pathway will study either Spanish, Geography or History, plus 3 free choices from the suite of subjects below.  Students can opt to study the English Baccalaureate by choosing Spanish, History or Geography as one of their free choices.
  3. Students in the White Pathway can opt to study all of the same subjects as students in the Purple and Green Pathway plus some additional choices.   Students can opt to study the English Baccalaureate by choosing Spanish, History or Geography for their free choices.

We strongly believe that our curriculum pathways are used to guide students’ subject choices rather than dictate them. 

The subjects’ students can choose to study for their GCSE options include:

Art, Craft & Design
Computer Science
Dance
Design Technology
Food Preparation & Nutrition 
Music
Physical Education
Religious Education
Business & Enterprise
ICT
Health & Social Care
Construction
Hospitality & Catering
Childcare
Drama
Sport

Key Stage 5:

Our Sixth Form offers students a range of Level 3 Vocational and Academic qualifications as well as GCSE resit opportunities for Maths and English.  Entry requirements are for students to achieve five grades 4s at GCSE, with A Level subjects requiring a grade 6.  The curriculum is a fully 'blended' A Level and Vocational curriculum, with the majority of students choosing to follow a personalised pathway.  These can be entirely A Level. Further details of this are available in the sixth form section on the web page.

Legacy Curriculum

The curriculum model differs for students who joined the Academy before September 2019, as they will have followed one of our legacy curriculum models. 

Please select the relevant year group for the current academic year for further detail on the curriculum plan for the students in that year.

Year 7 (Desired Curriculum Model) 

In year 7, the curriculum is delivered in 3 bands and covers the National Curriculum in breadth and depth.

  • Band 1 and 2 are parallel and contains a similar mix and number of student groups.
  • Band 3 is our Gold pathway which provides a more bespoke curriculum for students with a range of additional learning needs.

Students in Bands 1 & 2 study the National Curriculum in the following subjects for the following number of periods:

Subject Number of Periods
English 10
Mathematics 8
Science 6
History 3
Geography 3
R.E. 2
Spanish 4
Digital Literacy * 2
Music 2
Art 2
Design Technology rotation 4
P.E. 4
PSHE & Citizenship** 0
TOTAL 50

* Digital Literacy lessons cover the National Curriculum for Computing and essential Digital Literacy skills.

** PSHE & Citizenship is delivered through Ready to Learn sessions and a rolling programme of one period a week every 2 weeks. 

Students in Band 3 study the National Curriculum in the following subjects for the following number of periods.  The curriculum for these students has been tailored to meet the needs of the students. 

Subject Number of Periods
English 8
Mathematics 8
Science 6
Geography/History/RE 6
Social Skills 2
WIT/Organisational Skills 2
Targeted Numeracy and Literacy 2
Spanish 2
Digital Literacy* 2
Music 2
Art 2
Design Technology Rotation 4
P.E. 4
PSHE** 0
TOTAL 50

 * Digital Literacy lessons cover the National Curriculum for Computing and essential Digital Literacy skills.

** PSHE & Citizenship is delivered through Ready to Learn sessions and a rolling programme of one period a week every 2 weeks. 

Year 8 (Desired Curriculum Model) 

In year 8, the curriculum is delivered in 3 bands and covers the National Curriculum in breadth and depth.

  • Band 1 and 2 are parallel and contains a similar mix and number of student groups.
  • Band 3 is our Gold pathway which provides a more bespoke curriculum for students with a range of additional learning needs.

Students in Bands 1 & 2 study the National Curriculum in the following subjects for the following number of periods.  Whilst all students must study music, students are given an option to diversify their study of Performing Arts by selecting either Drama or Dance.  Students can opt to study Music only if they wish to do so. 

Subject Number of Periods
English 10
Mathematics 8
Science 6
History 3
Geography 3
R.E. 2
Spanish 4
Digital Literacy * 2
Performing Arts Rotation** 2
Art 2
Design Technology rotation 4
P.E. 4
PSHE & Citizenship*** 0
TOTAL 50

* Digital Literacy lessons cover the National Curriculum for Computing and essential Digital Literacy skills.

** 1 period of Music PLUS either 1 period of Music OR 1 period of Dance OR 1 period of Drama

*** PSHE & Citizenship is delivered through Ready to Learn sessions and a rolling programme of one period a week every 2 weeks.

Students in Band 3 study the National Curriculum in the following subjects for the following number of periods. Whilst all students must study music, students are given an option to diversify their study of Performing Arts by selecting either Drama or Dance.  Students can opt to study Music only if they wish to do so.   The curriculum for these students has been tailored to meet the needs of the students.  

Subject Number of Periods
English 8
Mathematics 8
Science 6
Geography/History/RE 6
Social Skills 2
WIT/Organisational Skills 2
Targeted Numeracy and Literacy 2
Spanish 2
Digital Literacy* 2
Performing Arts Rotation** 2
Art 2
Design Technology Rotation 4
P.E. 4
PSHE*** 0
TOTAL 50

* Digital Literacy lessons cover the National Curriculum for Computing and essential Digital Literacy skills.

** 1 period of Music PLUS either 1 period of Music OR 1 period of Dance OR 1 period of Drama

*** PSHE & Citizenship is delivered through Ready to Learn sessions and a rolling programme of one period a week every 2 weeks. 

Year 9 (Legacy Curriculum Model) 

In year 9, the curriculum is delivered in 3 bands and covers the National Curriculum in breadth and depth.

  • Band 1 and 2 are parallel and contains a similar mix and number of student groups.
  • Band 3 is our Gold pathway which provides a more bespoke curriculum for students with a range of additional learning needs.

Students in Bands 1 & 2 continue to study the National Curriculum but opted to start 2 GCSE options at the start of Year 9. 

Subject Number of Periods
English 9
Mathematics 8
Science 9
History 3
Geography 3
R.E. 2
Modern Foreign Language 4
P.E. 3
Digital Literacy * 1
Option 1 (for three years) 4
Option 2 (for three years) 4
PSHE** 0
TOTAL 50

* Digital Literacy lessons cover the National Curriculum for Computing and essential Digital Literacy skills.

** PSHE & Citizenship is delivered through Ready to Learn sessions and a rolling programme of one period a week every 2 weeks. 

Students in Band 3 study the National Curriculum and also opted to begin 2 of their GCSE options at the start of Year 9.  Students in this band also have lessons that are more tailored to meet their specific needs.

Subject Number of Periods
English 9
Mathematics 8
Science 9
Geography/History/RE 6
Social Skills 2
Targeted Numeracy and Literacy 2
Spanish 2
Digital Literacy* 1
P.E. 3
PSHE** 0
TOTAL 50

* Digital Literacy lessons cover the National Curriculum for Computing and essential Digital Literacy skills.

** PSHE & Citizenship is delivered through Ready to Learn sessions and a rolling programme of one period a week every 2 weeks. 

All students in Year 9 will choose a further 2 GCSE options to study in Years 10 and 11 for 5 periods. 

Year 10 (Legacy Curriculum Model) 

Students in Year 10 chose all 4 of their GCSE options in Year 8.

Subject Number of Periods
English 10
Mathematics 10
Science 9
R.E. 1
Digital Literacy* 1
P.E. 3
Option 1 4
Option 2 4
Option 3 4
Option 4 4
PSHE** 0
TOTAL 50

* Digital Literacy lessons cover the National Curriculum for Computing and essential Digital Literacy skills.

** PSHE & Citizenship is delivered through Ready to Learn sessions and a rolling programme of one period a week every 2 weeks. 

Year 11 (Legacy Curriculum Model) 

Students in Year 11 chose all 4 of their GCSE options in Year 8.

Subject Number of Periods
English 10
Mathematics 10
Science 9
R.E. 1
Digital Literacy* 1
P.E. 3
Option 1 4
Option 2 4
Option 3 4
Option 4 4
PSHE** 0
TOTAL 50

* Digital Literacy lessons cover the National Curriculum for Computing and essential Digital Literacy skills.

** PSHE & Citizenship is delivered through Ready to Learn sessions and a rolling programme of one period a week every 2 weeks.