Our aim is to provide a learning curriculum that ensures every student, regardless of need, starting point or background, reaches their full potential and have a successful career. It is our aim to foster a love of learning, raise aspirations and achieve excellence for all. We offer a broad and balanced curriculum that develops the knowledge, 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 world. At Wilmington Academy our curriculum is strongly linked to the philosophy of the IB as it is structured so that it:
• provides access for all,
• promotes a positive attitude to learning,
• encourages international-mindedness in our students,
• challenges students to solve problems, show creativity and resourcefulness, and participate actively in our community;
• supports the development of communication skills to encourage enquiry, understanding and language acquisition, and allows student reflection and expression;
• emphasises, through the learner profile, the development of the whole student – physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically.
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 all students.
Our curriculum extends beyond the academic, technical and vocational qualifications, the co-curricular provides our students with a broader development, enabling them to develop and discover their interests and talents.
We successfully offer:
– The Middle Years Programme (MYP) in Years 7 and 8 (KS3)
– GCSEs & BTEC’s in Years 9, 10 and 11 (KS4)
– In Post 16 we offer IB Diplomas, Applied General qualifications and the IB Careers Related Programme (IBCP).
Our personalised curriculum provides the academic challenge that encourages students to embrace and understand the connections between traditional subjects and the real world, and become
critical and reflective thinkers. It also promotes a positive attitude to learning by challenging students to solve problems, show creativity and resourcefulness, and participate actively in their communities.
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 careers/work-related learning, enterprise activities and conferences, working with businesses and employers and partnership working (Kent and Medway Progression Federation and Kent Guilds).
British Values, SMSC and careers education are used to provide students with appropriate and relevant learning experiences. All students study the language and culture of at least one other
country as part of our commitment to encouraging intercultural understanding and respect. It is our expectation that all students will make at least good progress and stretch and challenge and
independent thinking and reflection should be experienced by all.
With the increased content demands of new courses, from September 2019 we will be using Knowledge Organisers in years 7 & 9 to ensure the core skills needed to be successful are fully
embedded. The Knowledge Organiser provides students with the important, useful and powerful content from a topic on a single page. This is tasked for homework and then this knowledge is used
as the foundation to strengthen and develop understanding and apply to problems and practical scenarios within the classroom.
The broad and balanced curriculum ensure opportunities for all students to succeed. The impact of our curriculum can be measured through the following:
● Internal and external assessment outcomes throughout all key stages.
● Students who join the academy at lower starting points show improvement in literacy and numeracy throughout key stage 3.
● Students are able to communicate their learning clearly and effectively.
● Students work shows pride and progress.
● Students are successful at pursuing their preferred destinations.
● Students are proud of their achievements and enjoy coming to school, this results in:
(i) Strong attendance figures.
(ii) Reduced number of fixed term exclusions.
(iii) High engagement in enrichment activities.
● Students develop a sense of global awareness and environmental responsibility and will have been actively engaged in the local community as well as establishing and embedding the
knowledge and skills to be effective in an ever-changing world.
● Through engaging with the IB Learner profile, students develop confidence, independence and skills for life.
● Achieving the Gatsby benchmarks.