Curriculum Overview

At Sandymoor Ormiston Academy, we continually strive to enrich our students’ experiences and offer them access to ‘the best that has been thought and said’. We are proud to develop young people who believe that, for them, anything is possible. Our curriculum is designed to deepen knowledge, embed skills and strengthen character.

The curriculum is structured to ensure progression in substantive, disciplinary and procedural knowledge in each subject over a 5-year journey, or 2-year journey if the subject is offered at KS4 only. We ensure that all students have equity of access to the curriculum through adaptive teaching to meet their needs, rather than a reduction of curriculum expectations.

Key Stage 3 (Year 7-9)

Our curriculum for KS3 follows the National Curriculum as its basis in all subjects, with consideration of our local context, to ensure the curriculum is knowledge rich and ambitious for all our students. Students’ study the core subject of English, maths and science, alongside a modern foreign language (Spanish), humanities (geography, history, religious education), technology (art, design technology, food preparation, computing), PE and the Arts (performing arts and music) . All students have timetabled Personal Development (PSHE) lessons.

Key Stage 4 (Year 10-11)

Our curriculum for KS4 is tailored to our students interests and future aspirations. We offer a broad range of Level 2 qualifications and support students in their transition to Key Stage 4. We do not believe in narrowing curriculum options at KS4; all subjects are open to all students. At Key Stage 4 all students also study PE, RE and Personal Development as distinct timetabled lessons.

The curriculum intent and progression maps for each subject can be found on each subject’s curriculum page.