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Curriculum

On this page, you will find details about our curriculum offer at Springwest Academy. If you have any queries or wish to find out more about our offer, please contact us at info@springwestacademy.org.

Intent

At Springwest Academy, we provide an ambitious, knowledge rich curriculum for all of our students, regardless of start point, in order to promote social justice. All of our students are entitled to acquire the “powerful knowledge” that will enable them to move beyond their everyday experiences and ultimately be successful members of society.

Subject-specific knowledge and skills, guided by the National Curriculum Framework, are at the heart of our curricula. These are delivered sequentially, building on prior learning and promoting progression to help students to develop breadth and depth of knowledge.

To narrow the attainment gap and support successful learning, both now and in the future, our curriculum focuses on the following three pillars:

Reading

To widen vocabulary, increase knowledge and improve literacy, students are presented with a range of texts and benefit from dedicated focused reading time.

Oracy

To improve verbal communication, deepen understanding and facilitate the application of new knowledge, students are encouraged to collaborate, discuss and debate.

Cultural Capital

To improve social mobility, students are exposed to a range of knowledge and experiences which broaden their horizons and increase ambition.

Implementation

It is expected that:

  • All lessons will begin with a relevant ‘Do Now Activity’ (DNA). This should be largely retrieval.
  •  At Springwest we define learning as ‘Understanding + Memory’, therefore lessons focus on developing understanding of “powerful knowledge” and strategies are used to ensure that learning is committed to long term memory.
  • As the emphasis is on knowledge and subject specific skills, students should practise recalling and applying facts, vocabulary, key concepts and key debates.

Impact

The following assessments will be used to see whether pupils have learnt and can apply subject-specific knowledge and skills and to ensure that their depth and breadth of subject-specific knowledge is progressing over time.

It is expected that:

  • All students complete short, regular, knowledge recall tests known as Mastery Quizzes every 3-4 lessons.
  • A drafting process takes place through each unit of work with students receiving formative feedback to support in the creation of a model, or ‘best’ piece of work.
  • Students undertake summative assessments, known as Progress Checks, on at least 3 occasions in the academic year.

What can students study at Key Stage 4?

Core subjects:

English Language

English Literature

Mathematics

Combined Science

Option Subjects:

Art

Dance

Early Years

Engineering

French

Geography

History

Hospitality & Catering

Photography

Religious Studies

Spanish

Sport

Travel & Tourism

In Food Technology we learn how to be healthy and in PSHE we learn about how to have good mental health. We are encouraged to be reflective and responsible for ourselves and those around us.

Joe, Year 8

I really like the school’s focus on oracy because I feel like people don’t learn if they don’t give feedback to the teacher. Oracy gives us the power to form our own opinions.

Caitlin, Year 9

Teachers are fair and the ‘Springwest Expects’ policy helps students to regulate their behaviour.

Nikola, Year 8

Everyone is given an opportunity to excel.

Soraya, Year 9

There is a wide range of support for students, Heads of Years, Pastoral Mentors, teachers and tutors that can help you in any situation. There is always someone who will l look after you.

Samita, Year 9

The staff and students here are amazing. There is a really friendly atmosphere where staff and student wellbeing is the priority.

Teacher

I used to be a student at Springwest and now I work here. I love helping the students and building a rapport with our families. It is rewarding seeing students understand something they didn't.

Teacher

I would like to sincerely thank you for making the school library, it is a wonderful, magical place which my daughter loves and she uses it with pleasure.

Parent

I would like to pass on that Springwest has excelled in their support to the year 11 students. I cannot fault the provision given, the preparation and the dedication of your teaching staff. I am pleased that my younger son chose to join you in September last year and I look forward to seeing his journey in the coming years.

Parent

You dedicate so much time and effort into getting the best out of our children. You encourage and inspire them everyday. We really appreciate your hard work.

Parent

Coaching enabled me to develop my leadership skills with a group of teachers outside of my subject/faculty. This meant that I was exposed to different teaching strategies which in turn I believe has improved my own teaching practice. The coaching programme has really supported me to develop my teaching and it is an excellent opportunity for staff development at Springwest.

Teacher

Since becoming a middle leader, I have been part of the Springwest Leadership Development Programme. Being encouraged to engage with materials such as the Myers Briggs personality test has really supported me to understand why I make certain decisions, how I react in different scenarios and ultimately how I currently want to/ wish to lead.

Head of Department

My favourite thing about Springwest is the diversity, I love that each student or teacher is different in their own way and that the school encourages students to be their own person and to be confident in who they are, no matter their background, orientation or gender. | am proud to know that we are one of the schools that ensure that all students feel welcome.

Student Feedback

Thank you so much for such an amazing experience with First Give. I am really grateful to Ms Swandle for making it so fun for everyone. This is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. - Ameera Year 9

Ameera Year 9

We were very impressed with your students’ curiosity, maturity, and attitude to learning. I hope the students enjoyed themselves and got something from the day. We would love to come back in the future to work with your students again.

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