Curriculum Flexibility

‘We want every student to leave Darton Academy able to live a life full of opportunity and choice’.

At Darton Academy we are passionate about providing our students with a curriculum which allows all students, irrespective of their background to achieve their undoubted potential. We have an unconditional desire for all students to be immersed in a rigorous academic curriculum that is challenging, enriching and accessible to all learners, which will equip them to succeed in a rapidly changing world. 

Key Stage Three

At Darton Academy students receive a broad and balanced curriculum within Years 7, 8 and 9, in accordance with the National Curriculum which is enriched by a wide range of additional opportunities for learning and personal development.  The Academy works to create conditions in which all students can grow and develop resilience, independence and creativity whilst developing into thoughtful, responsible and informed members of the local, national and international community. The Key Stage 3 curriculum aims for students to develop a ‘love of learning’, whilst develop the attitudes, understanding, skills and confidence to thrive in the academies ambitious Key Stage 4 curriculum. 

Key Stage Four

Pathways are introduced from Year 10 onwards to ensure that students continue to follow a broad and balanced curriculum that is suited to each student’s personalised learning needs. At Darton Academy we have a relentless desire for every student to finish Year 11 with an outstanding set of qualifications to take them on to their next stage whether this is employment, training or Post 16 study or training so that each student leaves Darton Academy with the opportunity to ‘achieve a life full of opportunity and choice’.

The allocation of lessons in key stages 3 and 4 will be as follows:

Subject

Y7

Y8

Y9

Y10

Y11

English

4

4

5

5

5

Mathematics

4

4

4

4

5

Science

3

3

4

4

6

Geography

2

2

2

History

2

2

2

MFL

2

2

2

PE

2

2

1

1

 

1

ICT

1

1

1

RE/Life

1

1

1

1

1

Art

1

1

1

Technology

1

1

1

Music

1

1

Drama

1

1

Option 1 (Ebacc)

3

3

Option 2

3

2

Option 3

2

2

Option 4

3

 

Table 1: Darton Academy Lesson Allocation at Key Stage 3 and 4

Table 1: Qualification List 2020/2021

Qualification

WJEC Eduqas Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in English Language

WJEC Eduqas Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in English Literature

Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Mathematics

AQA Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Combined Science: Trilogy

Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in History

AQA Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Geography

AQA Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in French

AQA Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Spanish

OCR Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in Sport Science

OCR Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in Sport Studies

Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Performing Arts

AQA Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Dance

Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Music Practice

WJEC Eduqas Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Music

AQA Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Art and Design (Photography)

AQA Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Art and Design (Art, Craft and Design)

AQA Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Design and Technology

WJEC Level 1/2 Vocational Award in Hospitality and Catering (Specification A)

Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Construction and the Built Environment

Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Religious Studies B

OCR Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in Creative iMedia

NCFE Level 1/2 Technical Award in Business and Enterprise

OCR Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in Health and Social Care