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 are internationally-minded, 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 International Baccalaureate Learner Profile attributes are embedded across the curriculum, so that students develop characteristics that will enable them to be successful life-long learners.
The wide range of opportunities for learning include:-
Student timetable, Action Days, Activities week, extra-curricular clubs, educational visits and excursions abroad, assemblies, enhancement and enrichment programmes, guest speakers, workshops and the pastoral programmes delivered through the system of vertical tutoring, one-to-one tuition, work experience and work-related learning, enterprise activities and conferences, working with businesses and employers and partnership working (Kent and Medway Progression Federation).
Differentiation, literacy and numeracy, British Values, 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 good progress and 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 language and literature, mathematics, Sciences, French, Spanish or German, History, Geography, Citizenship, Morals and Ethics, Art, Music, Drama, Technology, Physical Education and Computer studies. Reading recovery and numeracy skills are enhanced as appropriate. The aim is to develop a love of learning and build strong foundations prior to progression to GCSEs and vocational 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 including English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Further Maths, Combined Science, History, Geography, Citizenship, Health and Social Care, Sport, Art, Music, Performing Arts, French, Spanish, Engineering, Horticulture, Product Design, Catering, Digital Photography, Creative, media, IT, 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.
We were awarded International Baccalaureate World School status in 2017 and are authorized to deliver the IB Career-related Programme. This is a flexible blend of IB Diplomas (academic qualifications equivalent to A levels) and Applied General qualifications (vocational qualifications). Students can elect to follow the IBCP, an academic pathway, a blended pathway or a vocational pathway. IBCP students also follow the IB Core programme, which is designed to develop the skills and attributes that will set students apart from their peers when applying for university, higher apprenticeships and employment.
The Academy also forms part of “LAT16” a collaboration between sister academies in the Dartford area. We seek to build upon prior learning and interests working in collaboration with the Leigh, Longfield and Milestone Academies, as well as the Leigh University Technical College, who are all part of 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 daily tutorials, assemblies, work experience, employer engagement, business mentoring and enrichment experiences. Any student who has not achieved a level 2 qualification in English 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.