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Curriculum

Our curriculum goes beyond simply meeting the academic needs of our students. It is deep, challenging and provides rich, memorable experiences.

Our curriculum is guided by three key principles:

  • All young people are entitled to exceptional education, regardless of their background.
  • We have a responsibility to prepare students exceptionally well for their continuing education
    and future careers.
  • We believe that we can empower our students by ensuring they are knowledgeable about the world around them.

Knowledge and expertise

Through our curriculum, students:

  • Acquire knowledge and expertise.
  • Read widely, including texts by important writers and thinkers. 
  • Learn about the world around them and its history.
  • Study the context of their learning.
  • Learn specialist subject terminology and how to use vocabulary appropriately.

Our curriculum

Academic rigour

Traditional at its heart, but also innovative, providing academic rigour, but also ensuring our students gain the knowledge and expertise they will need to be successful in the future.

Inspiring

Lessons are stimulating and engaging and wider experiences, such as trips and events, develop a love of learning. We create memorable experiences.

Scholarship

Students are encouraged to develop independent learning skills and value learning and the acquisition of knowledge.

Challenge for all

We have high expectations of all students and ensure that lessons are designed to provide a challenge for all.

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Our Curriculum Statement

The curriculum offer is guided by core principles, which link to our overall vision and ethos.

  • The need to provide a knowledge rich curriculum that fulfils and exceeds the specific needs of our students.

  • Our high aspirations for academic outcomes.

  • The need to raise English standards and particularly reading skills. This will be supported by the college's English specialism.

  • The need to fully prepare students for continued academic study and progression to the UK's best universities.

  • The need to develop well rounded young people who are independent, resilient, and confident and have a love of learning.

Our curriculum goes beyond simply meeting the academic needs of our students. It is deep, challenging and provides rich, memorable experiences.

Overview

Students in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 have 25 hours of formal classes a week - and pupils can also benefit from an extended curriculum.

The overall education being provided for our students is much more than just the subject allocations. As well as the five timetabled lessons detailed, we provide all students with morning reading sessions and form time in which the wider knowledge and skills of citizenship, personal, social and health education and British Values are supported. The values are embedded throughout our taught curriculum.

Additional support and intervention groups, led by subject teachers, academic mentors and the SEND department address specific learning needs of students. This is particularly important for students who have low prior attainment, special educational needs, or are experiencing other specific barriers to achievement.

Our curriculum combines high expectations and a traditional academic focus, with rigorous systems of support to ensure that students are successful. Students are expected to take GCSEs and the English Baccalaureate but at the same time, support and intervention groups, academic mentoring and 1:1 support will ensure no child is left behind.

Our electives programme

It is essential that young people develop as well rounded, resilient individuals with their own interests and passions and our extra-curricular electives allow them to do this. This supports our belief that students should be able to achieve both academic and personal success. This is achievable for all young people, if they are given the right support and teaching and learning opportunities.

Electives allow them to take part in clubs/activities they enjoy, or to broaden the experiences. and are very wide ranging. Electives develop self-discipline, whilst also allowing students to develop important team work, leadership and social skills.

Intervention

Intervention and support is essential to ensuring our curriculum is right for our student profile. Intervention and ‘booster classes’ allow us to address low attainment on entry. Rigorous tracking and monitoring through our Mastery Checkpoint System enables us to identify underachievement early and act appropriately with timely intervention. Intervention/support groups are run for small, targeted groups of students to address specific barriers to learning or skills of knowledge gaps. Our first priority is literacy and numeracy master classes. These run alongside the curriculum and form time.

English - our specialism

Jane Austen College specialises in English. This subject is therefore at the heart of the curriculum vision for the school.

Reading, writing and communication skills are explicitly taught and assessed across all subjects in the curriculum. Students have wide and regular opportunities for reading within all of their subjects. Literacy is an enabling competence and as such is vitally important.

Cross-curricular links

Across all year groups and key stages, heads of faculties seek to explore and embed regular cross-curricular links that will enhance learning and students’ curricular experience. This will promote deep learning through reinforcement and encourage transferable skills. This should be facilitated through joint planning, to ensure our curriculum is cohesive.

Qualifications

At Jane Austen College, students are supported in gaining the best academic qualifications possible. All students, regardless of background, are entitled to this. Vocational opportunities, such as work placements and high quality work experience will be arranged in Key Stage 4, to supplement the academic curriculum, but will not be formally assessed by examination.

In order to fully ensure that our curriculum always meets the needs of our students we undertake a full curriculum review each year, to ensure that our curriculum offer is the best for our students.

Key Stage 4: Our students study a core curriculum supplemented with personalised options. The core subjects will incorporate the English Baccalaureate subjects.

Additional Qualifications: As part of our stage not age approach, we will look to offer appropriate qualifications to provide stretch and challenge. This may particularly support students who wish to progress to the best universities.

Sixth Form: As the sixth form is partnered with the Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form Free School, the Jane Austen Sixth Form will be a specialist Humanities and Arts provider, with students able to study maths and science subjects at Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form Free School.

Academic Committee

  • Defines the principles underlying the college’s curriculum policy.

  • Ensures that all aspects of the policy promote equality for all students and address individual need.

  • Monitors and evaluates the implementation of the policy and its effectiveness by receiving reports and data.

The Principal and senior leadership team

  • Promote the curriculum vision, for a high quality, academic and highly personalised curriculum

  • Promote and implement a policy, which develops a high quality curriculum that more than meets the needs of the college’s students

  • Provide structures and training to support staff in ensuring the policy is effectively implemented

  • Ensure that the policy promotes equality for all students and addresses individual needs.

  • Monitor and review the curriculum so that its effectiveness is rigorously evaluated and a full programme of quality assurance is in place.

  • Support the practical strategies of the policy by

  • Provide communication systems with parents and other stakeholders

  • Provide adequate resources so that the policy can  be effectively implemented

  • Provide appropriate class groupings and timetable arrangements, allocating resources appropriately and effectively.

  • Ensure that the policy is consistently and fairly applied.

Heads of faculty

  • Promote and implement a policy, which develops a high-quality curriculum that more than meets the needs of the college’s students.

  • Monitor and review the curriculum within their faculty so that its effectiveness is rigorously evaluated and a full programme of quality assurance is in place.

  • Liaise and communicate effectively with other heads of faculty to ensure the policy is consistently and effectively implemented.

  • Support the practical strategies of the policy.

  • Communicate effectively with parents/carers regarding curriculum and provide advice or support for families.

  • Communicate effectively with feeder primaries, to aid transition and effective student support

  • Manage curriculum resources effectively, to uphold the highest of standards.

  • Work with the senior team to provide appropriate class groupings and timetable arrangements, allocating resources appropriately and effectively

  • Provide structures and training to support staff in ensuring the policy is effectively implemented

SENCO

  • Promote and implement a policy, which develops a high quality curriculum that more than meets the needs of the college’s students

  • Work closely with heads of house/faculty to ensure the curriculum fully meets the needs of all students, providing expert advice where needed.

  • Monitor and review the curriculum within their area so that its effectiveness is rigorously evaluated and a full programme of quality assurance is in place.

  • Communicate effectively with feeder primaries, to aid transition ad effective student support

  • Support the practical strategies of the policy.

  • Communicate effectively with parents/carers regarding curriculum concerns and provide advice or support for families.

  • Monitor individuals or groups to allow for early intervention and review of support provided.

  • Evaluate support for individuals through reports to the head of house/faculty, senior team and governors.

Teachers

  • Implement the policy effectively and consistently.

  • Monitor and review the curriculum with regard to their own teaching so that its effectiveness is rigorously evaluated

  • Prepare lessons that support all students in their learning and support the curriculum vision

  • Model in their own actions the expectations the college has for students.

Learning and teaching assistants

  • Implement the policy effectively and consistently.

  • Monitor and review the curriculum with regard to their own teaching/support so that its effectiveness is rigorously evaluated

  • Prepare lessons/provide student support that support all students in their learning and support the curriculum vision

  • Model in their own actions the expectations the college has for students.

Support staff

  • Implement the policy effectively and consistently.

  • Support other college staff with implementing the curriculum vision.

  • Model in their own actions the expectations the college has for students.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Our Key Stage 3 curriculum is academic, challenging, and engaging, providing an exceptional foundation for learning and continued study. 

Alongside traditional subjects like English, maths, history, and PE our students also study Latin and philosophy. Our innovative masterclasses also ensure that students receive additional support if they need it, whether it's to help them catch up, or extend their learning even further.

In Year 7 and 8, students study:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • History
  • Geography
  • A modern foreign language (French/Spanish)
  • Technology
  • Art
  • Music
  • Drama
  • PE 
  • Philosophy

Jane-Austen-College - Year 8 Choices

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

In Key Stage 4 we offer a high-quality, academic curriculum, organised over three years to ensure our students achieve their potential and experience in-depth learning.

Our students study GCSEs, including the core subjects of English, maths, science, PE, and philosophy, supplemented by a humanities subject and a language. The majority of our students study triple science. 

In addition to this students choose options subjects. Our emphasis is on high-quality choices. 

Current options include:

  •  French
  •  German
  •  Spanish
  •  History
  •  Geography
  •  Religious studies
  •  Art
  •  Music
  •  Computer science
  •  Engineering
  •  Drama
  •  Graphic communication
  •  Performing arts (BTEC)
  •  PE
  •  Photography

Our Year 8 choices leaflet, which you can download from this page, gives detailed information on each course and advice on choosing the right options.

Jane-Austen-College-Year-8-Choices-1.pdf

Year 8 Options

Choosing your Year 8 Options is such an exciting time, when you can really think about what the future may hold for you. Starting your GCSEs will put you on the pathway to achieving your goals. We are all committed to helping you making the right decisions and supporting you through the process.

Please download the document below for more information

Jane Austen College Year 8 Choices