At Queen Elizabeth’s Academy we are ambitious for our students. Our vision for students is that we want them to be able to read and understand scholarly articles, broadsheet newspapers and be able to interact in debates in the subjects that we teach by the time they leave the academy. This is why our key stage 3 is the full three years.
We want students to have the basic the knowledge they need in all areas before any narrowing of the curriculum through option choices at key stage 4 and 5. The curriculum also reflects our Christian ethos and vision statement.
For a more detailed overview of our curriculum, our Curriculum Policy can be found below:
Curriculum plans by faculty
Below are the curriculum plans for each of our faculties. Further information about our key stage 4 courses can be found on our courses page.
To deliver our knowledge-based curriculum, teachers teach directly from the front, challenge students to do their best and work hard, and create classrooms that are industrious, busy learning spaces. We value knowledge and expect our students to learn facts and figures to have a solid foundation of information to draw from.
We provide a challenging and balanced curriculum, delivering exciting lessons aimed at ensuring that all students are engaged with their learning and are supported within classrooms. Our teachers are experts in their field and support our students in a number of ways – all students will be provided with ‘knowledge organisers’ for each topic in each subject, outlining the minimum knowledge required for their learning to be productive. We test this knowledge regularly, with students expected to learn and use the feedback from these tests to enhance their performance in future assessments and examinations.
Behaviour and agreed standards
Within the classroom and around the academy, teaching staff, alongside members of senior leadership, challenge all poor behaviour which may slow down our learning. We take a strict view on this and involve parents at the earliest opportunity to ensure that any learning needs are met and that behaviour is improved immediately.
Homework will be standard and will be set for the year, published in planners. This means that parents can easily support with their child’s learning, and can plan ahead as homework will be predictable and regular.