Our aim is to provide a learning curriculum that ensures every student, regardless of need, starting point or background, reaches their full potential and has a successful career. It is our aim to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. We strive to achieve this through the adoption of International Baccalaureate (IB) Programmes and their philosophy to cohesively support the qualifications studied at Key Stage 4 and 5. By fully promoting the IB philosophy at Wilmington Academy, our students become; 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. Our students continually grow through the curriculum and develop to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
The curriculum we have developed is a broad and balanced one that embraces the National Curriculum, providing students with tailored pathways, best-suited to their needs and aspirations for future destinations. The IB learner profile is at the heart of our curriculum, providing students with the knowledge, personal skills and attributes required for further education and employment. Our curriculum is robust and adaptable, enabling staff to deliver high quality learning in any circumstance through the utilisation of our Home Learning Strategy’. Academic and vocational courses, enhanced by technology, are delivered in a variety of settings to stimulate curiosity and encourage independent learning. The curriculum is structured so that it:
- provides access for all students in all circumstances,
- 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;
- provide an adaptable curriculum that encourages learning through a variety of learning strategies.
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 is adaptable to address the needs of students in any circumstances and extends beyond the academic, technical and vocational qualifications. Our co-curricular offer provides our students with a broader development, enabling them to develop and discover their interests and talents.
We successfully offer:
- The IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) in Years 7 – 9 (KS3)
- GCSEs and BTECs in Years 10 and 11 (KS4)
- In Post 16 we offer IB Diplomas, Applied General qualifications and the IB Careers Related Programme (IBCP). 1 x Language A Level
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, interdisciplinary 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 college tutors, one-to-one tuition, work experience and careers/work-related learning, enterprise activities and conferences, working with businesses and employers and partnership working e.g. Kent and Medway Progression Federation.
British Values, SMSC, RSE and careers education are used to provide students with appropriate and relevant learning experiences. All students have the opportunity to 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.
In an evolving world with global challenges, an adaptable curriculum built around knowledge underpins our intent. From September 2020, we will be using Knowledge Organisers for Years 7 to 11 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 in an easy to digest format. 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 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) Low number of fixed term exclusions.
- (iii) High engagement in enrichment activities.
- Students develop a sense of global awareness and environmental responsibility and will be 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.