The curriculum at Isca Academy is much more than just our lessons. It includes ethos, attitudes relationships and wider opportunities, all of which create our curriculum offer to enrich the life and development of each and every child. Our aim is to provide a broad, balanced and rigorous curriculum that meets the needs and aspirations of every child and leaves them well prepared for their future.
Our vision as a school is ‘to provide high quality education for the children of our community, through both support and challenge, which is tailored to meet the needs of each and every child’ and our curriculum is our vehicle to accomplish this.
We have spent the last 18 months creating a knowledge rich curriculum so that there is sequential progression towards ambitious end points. We continue to work in partnership with our colleagues from the Ted Wragg Trust in its ongoing development.
Each Department (subject area) has translated our overarching curriculum vision into a clear ‘Intent’ for the five year duration of the course.
Developed from the curriculum intention, is the ‘Curriculum Road Map’ detailing what pupils will learn over the 5 years of study, in each subject.
We attach high importance to our teachers being ‘experts’ in their respective subject disciplines. We want our students to have access to the best that has been thought and said, and with this in mind our teachers think carefully about what to teach and how best to teach it. We believe it is vitally important that students receive a broad and balanced curriculum so that all future options remain open to them and as a result we do not narrow the curriculum. Therefore our first 3 years focuses on giving every child the widest experience possible across the performing and visual arts, humanities and technical subjects, whilst still maintaining a strong focus on the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science, Languages, RE, iLife and PE.
From Year 10, the curriculum offer is a mixture of both core and optional subjects and is structured to allow for maximum flexibility of choice. We offer a wide variety of courses which allow students the option to study the Arts, Humanities, Languages, Catering, Sport, Computing, Resistant Materials and much more.
We also have a comprehensive careers, advice and guidance programme. More can be found on our careers page .
Underpinning our curriculum are two strands of core learning that make up our Literacy Policy and our Numeracy Policy, using assessment and targeted interventions to develop students number confidence and literacy skills.
Our extra-curricular offer is also incredibly strong here at Isca Academy and a guide to the offer across the 5 years in terms of ‘wider experiences’ can be seen here .