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Curriculum Statement

We believe that all children, irrespective of their starting point, are entitled to a broad and balanced curriculum. We encourage and support all children to achieve their full potential at The Sutton Academy. We make this possible by placing great emphasis on an orderly and happy working environment where high expectations are the norm. Our lessons are challenging, engaging and inspiring. Our students actively work together and independently, enabling them to make good progress. We want our students to grow into positive, responsible people who can work and co-operate with others while at the same time develop their knowledge and skills in order to achieve their true potential.

We offer a curriculum built on five pillars with the aim to equip students with the skills and knowledge to succeed in life.

The five pillars include:

  • Systematic building of knowledge sequenced to aid understanding
  • Retention. Lessons taught in a way to ensure knowledge is retained in long term memory and then can be used in the future
  • Vocabulary to access the curriculum is explained and students are supported in developing their range of vocabulary
  • Links are made to cultural capital so the curriculum is made relevant and students are engaged with topics from all walks of life. Links are made across different subject areas
  • Students are taught the skills to apply the knowledge they have learnt


For further information, click on the Curriculum Statement link below.

Key Stage 5

As an 11-18 academy, our Sixth Form offers continuity from Year 11 with clear progression pathways to further study. We offer a wide range of academic and vocational courses, with students able to choose a blend of qualifications to suit their aspirations.  The curriculum is built with our students' aspirations in mind, giving students the opportunity to study complementary qualifications preparing them for future careers in a variety of different settings such as STEM or Clinical Care.  Students who wish to opt to study a more diverse range of subjects are able to do so.  In addition to high quality delivery of qualifications, our Key Stage 5 students benefit from an enrichment programme ensuring they leave us prepared to face the challenges that lie ahead. This includes working with partnership agencies such as Shaping Futures and Realising Opportunities. For our highest achieving students, the curriculum is enhanced even further with the opportunity to study the Extended Project Qualification as well as a bespoke package of support, aiming to secure the highest grades possible. 
For further information of courses available please visit our Sixth Form section.

Clear regular target setting, assessment and reporting systems underpin all aspects of learning throughout the academy so that students understand the progress they are making and how to make further improvements.

Academic data is collected 3 times a year to “Track” how well students are achieving against their targets. More importantly the assessments are then used to assess gaps in knowledge so teachers can then intervene to plug these gaps through a range of strategies such as targeted intervention and SSS feedback.

For more information on any aspect of our curriculum please contact Paul Willerton (Senior Vice Principal)


"Teaching is now GOOD, which is enabling students to make better progress across the curriculum."

Quoted by Ofsted May 2019