At Wilmington Academy, it is our aim to raise aspirations and achieve excellence. We offer a broad and balanced curriculum that develops the skills and attributes needed for further education and employment. Academic and vocational courses, enhanced by technology, are delivered in a variety of settings to stimulate curiosity and encourage independent learning. It is our aim to develop healthy, responsible digital citizens, who respect cultural diversity and are able to take their place in an increasingly complex and ever-changing society.
Curriculum planning takes into consideration the diverse needs of our student body and is reviewed on an annual basis. Teaching and learning methods and styles are designed to give every student the opportunity to make good progress and succeed. The Academy strives to ensure that the delivered curriculum is inclusive taking into account the needs of boys and girls, students from disadvantaged or ethnically diverse backgrounds and students with special educational needs. The emphasis is on personalised learning, maximising opportunities for all.
The wide range of opportunities for learning include:-
Student timetable, Action Days, Project Based Learning Week, clubs, educational visits and excursions abroad, assemblies, enhancement and enrichment programmes, guest speakers, workshops and the pastoral programme delivered through the system of vertical tutoring, one-to-one tuition, work experience and work-related learning, enterprise activities and conferences.
Differentiation, literacy and numeracy, SMSC and careers education are used to provide students with appropriate and relevant learning experiences. It is our expectation that all students will make at least expected progress and that stretch and challenge and independent thinking opportunities should be experienced by all.
Years 7 and 8
The Academy delivers the National Curriculum. Students study English, mathematics, science, French or Spanish, History, Geography, Citizenship, Morals and Ethics, Art, Music, Drama, Technology, Physical Education and Computer studies (from September 2014). The aim is to build strong foundations prior to progression to GCSEs and Btec qualifications.
Years 9 10 and 11
The curriculum has been re-designed to reflect the changes in accountability measures but the needs of our students are our primary concern. The curriculum continues to comprise compulsory and optional subjects from English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Statistics, Additional Maths, core/additional/triple Science, History, Geography, Citizenship, Health and Social Care, Sport, Art, Music, Performing Arts, French, Spanish, Engineering, Horticulture, Product Design, Catering, Digital Photography, Computer Studies (from September 2014), I-media, Law, Travel and Tourism and Business/Financial Studies. Students are entered for GCSEs and Btec qualifications. The aim is to provide our students with an excellent educational experience and to equip them with the skills, knowledge and qualifications they will need to progress to appropriate post 16 pathways.
The Academy seeks to build upon prior learning and interests working in collaboration with the Leigh, Longfield and Milestone Academies, as well as the University Technical College, who are all part of the Leigh Academies Trust. An extensive range of courses is available to meet the needs and aspirations of all Trust students. The curriculum offer also comprises Extended Project, enrichment, daily tutorials and work experience. Any student who has not achieved a level 2 qualification in English and/or mathematics, is expected to continue with their GCSE programme of study.
Choice and flexibility of design are important features of the curriculum offer. Students are supported in making informed decisions and choices during transitions between key stages. As part of the Trust Inclusive Services provision, students have access to timely independent careers information, advice and guidance. External speakers from businesses, universities and further education providers develop students’ awareness of the range of opportunities available.
The Academy recognises that there are circumstances when a student’s needs are best served by alternative provision, either by personalisation of their curriculum within the academy or by using recognised external provision.