George Salter Academy

George Salter Academy in West Bromwich, Sandwell, is a mixed comprehensive school for 11 to 16 year olds.

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Our curriculum

Overview

"The school’s curriculum is imaginative, well balanced and features a broad range of subjects that support the needs and aspirations of the pupils and learners."

Ofsted report June 2016

"Leaders make sure the curriculum meets the needs and aspirations of pupils and prepares them very well for the next steps in their education, training or employment."

Ofsted report June 2017

At George Salter Academy, we believe that every student is entitled to experience a broad and balanced curriculum that ensures all statutory requirements are met whilst equipping students with the knowledge and skills to be successful.

We intend that our curriculum is:

  • challenging for all
  • core knowledge rich
  • coherent and well sequenced
  • cross curricular
  • worthwhile
  • relevant to our students' next steps

We intend that our wider curriculum:

  • provides opportunities for deep learning
  • promotes wider inter cultural understanding
  • promotes our students’ mental and physical wellbeing
  • enables our students to become happy and successful members of society

Through our curriculum intent we aim to develop students who:

  • have high expectations
  • know more
  • commit learning to long term memory
  • are resilient, successful lifelong learners
  • have high aspirations for their future

 

"A school without failure, where all children leave school having identified a talent, a skill, an intelligence through which they can become whatever they want to be."

Michael Alexander

Tutor groups

Your son/daughter will be placed into a mixed ability form group for tutor periods. This tutor group will be part of one of the four Houses which operate within George Salter Academy’s Pastoral system (the Houses are Crescent, Loxdale, Royal and Trinity). There will be a 15 minute form period every morning, Monday to Friday. All Year groups have an allocated morning assembly every week which follows a timetabled, relevant and topical theme to support PSHE/ SRE and SMSC.

 

Curriculum Guidance

Curriculum Review

Please click on the link below to download our curriculum review document:

 

Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)

ks3 studentsWe are George Salter Academy and we are ambitious for every child.

We defy disadvantage and believe that all students, regardless of their background, should be equally able to realise personal goals, achieve outstanding outcomes and reach their full potential. We promise to provide the same breadth and depth to our curriculum and provision for all students regardless of background or prior attainment.

Our students will develop a passion for learning which will allow them to make informed decisions and determine their own future amongst the demands of 21st century life.

We want to see a society that benefits from the contributions of our well-educated and empowered young people.

The students are placed in two equal bands and follow an identical curriculum which consists of the following subjects; English, Mathematics, Science, PE, Geography, History, RE, MFL, Art, Dance, Drama, Music, Technology including Food Technology.

We have a specialist Arts group, for students who are particularly talented in the Performing Arts. These students receive an extra lesson of Dance, Drama or Music each week. This creates a pathway into the Performing Arts at an early age for our students.

 

KS3 Revision - Knowledge Organisers

In order to support your child through revision for their knowledge assessments, please follow the link below to access all of the subject knowledge organisers.

KS3 Knowledge Organiser Zip File [zip, 19,269 KB]

 

Year 7

Our vision

At George Salter Academy, our KS3 curriculum is knowledge led, challenging in terms of content, rich in experiences which will help to develop the cultural capital of our students; our students will be independent, confident and love learning. The curriculum is coherent, interleaved with clear cross curricular links to deepen students’ long term memory and therefore their resilience.

Every subject area outlines the key concepts the students must master in the form of a knowledge organiser. To build long term memory, regular, routine testing will take place in lessons. Homework will consolidate literacy/numeracy terms in the form of revision and these will be tested in lessons

 

Year 8

grease performanceStudents are given the right to opt for extra PE, Performing and/or Visual Arts; those with a particular linguistic talent are also able to opt for a second language. Students can therefore spend more time studying the subjects they really enjoy and in which they succeed. We believe that this will allow students to make greater progress and further prepare them for year 9 options.

 

Year 9

In Year 9 PSHE is taught via a programme of drop down days. At the end of Year 9, students are able to select from a number of option subjects for courses they will study through Year 10 to Year 11. These optional subjects include; Art & Design, Business Studies, Catering, Child Development, Dance, Drama, French, Geography, Health & Social Care, History, Music, Photography, Product Design, Spanish, Sociology, Sports Studies, Textiles.

The curriculum is broad and well balanced with English Baccalaureate (Ebacc.) qualifications available for all. Students can follow pathways through Vocational Qualifications, traditional GCSE’s or a combination of both.

The Ebacc. pathway includes an opportunity to study triple sciences and a language whilst the Ebacc optional pathway also enables students the option of studying a language. All students have the choice to study either history or geography and select two further options.

 

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

"The school’s option process provides pupils with the opportunity to study subjects that can lead to the English Baccalaureate. An increasing proportion of pupils are studying for these qualifications as a result of changes to the options pathways."

Ofsted report June 2017

At George Salter, we start our Key Stage 4 curriculum in year 10 to offer all students the maximum amount of time to achieve the full award in all courses studied.

During this two year period all students study; English, Mathematics, Science, PE, PSHE, RE and Careers. British Values, SRE and Citizenship are promoted within the curriculum also.

Those students who do not study Triple Sciences have the opportunity to study an ICT qualification.

Table of qualifications

 

Subject Qualification
Art & Photography OCR
Business GCSE AQA
Business Vocational OCR Cambridge National Certificate
Child Development OCR Cambridge National Certificate
Health and Social Care OCR Cambridge National Certificate
English Language & Literature AQA
Catering WJEC vocational award in Hospitality and Catering
Geography AQA
History Pearson Edexcel
Computer Science OCR
ICT NCFE Level 2 Technical Award
Spanish AQA
Sociology WJEC
Mathematics AQA
PE AQA
Sports Studies Pearson Edexcel
Dance Pearson Edexcel
Drama Pearson Edexcel
Music AQA
Music Technology Pearson Edexcel
Product Design AQA
Engineering OCR Cambridge National Certificate
RE WJEC
Science AQA
Table of qualifications offered at KS4

 

Key Stage 5 / Post 16

post 16 buildingThe Academy has a Consortium arrangement at Post 16 with Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy and Bristnall Hall Academy. The underlying principles that have driven the curriculum offer at Post 16 for the last 5 years are the same as those set out in the recently published DfE publication "Study Programmes". The Curriculum Offer allows all students to follow a structured study programme that suits their needs and starts from the point they have reached at the end of KS4. Students will normally embark upon a tailored study programme at one of the following levels:  

  • Level 1/2 – students who have achieved a grade 4 or below in both Mathematics and English at GCSE. The morning sessions are composed of core level 2 provision including GCSE English, Mathematics and other GCSEs with an aim of improving literacy levels e.g. GCSE Humanities. Level 2 students will access the afternoon provision in a similar way to level 3 students, but with some level 2 subjects for students who are following a pure level 2 route.
  • Level 2.5 – these are typically students who have achieved a grade 4 in Mathematics or English at GCSE. Typically these are students who wish to go onto level 3 study and university. These students will normally take 3 level 3 subjects (based on their strengths and talent) and a re-take in GCSE English or Mathematics.
  • Level 3 – these are students who have achieved a grade 5 or above in both GCSE English and Mathematics. Students will typically study 4 level 3 courses in year 12 and then take 3 onto year 13.

The curriculum is blocked into five blocks, three of which take place as morning sessions, and two as afternoon sessions, which are available to students across the consortium.

The rationale behind the blocking is:

  • to offer popular subjects in the three morning blocks on all three campuses e.g. English and Mathematics
  • to make it possible for students to be able to take combinations of subjects leading to specific career outcomes e.g. Sciences and Mathematics
  • to arrange the blocking to ensure viability of teaching groups
  • to strategically develop and offer maximum breadth of subjects

Additionality

" Leaders have a clear rationale about how the school’s curriculum is developing. They ensure that the curriculum is successful through a variety of ways, including how successfully pupils move on to destinations when they leave school.

Clear and helpful careers information, advice and guidance successfully supports many students to gain places in university. Others successfully secure other forms of education, employment or training after leaving the sixth form
"

Ofsted report June 2017

The Academy recognises the need to prepare students for higher education and the world of work. In order to develop students study skills in independence, all students take part in a double session a week focusing on these skills and how they can be applied in their different subjects.

Year 12 will have these lessons Thursday periods 3 & 4 and Year 13 on Tuesday periods 1&2. Attendance to these sessions is compulsory.

In order to put into practice, the skills developed, students have the opportunity to complete an Extended Project and work towards an additional qualification.

Electives

On Wednesday p.m. there are no timetabled lessons and a full and varied enrichment programme is planned. The programme is continually reviewed and updated and students will be offered the chance to sign up for activities.

Sessions include:

  • Team sports
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Cooking
  • Music

Subject Specific Sessions – e.g. Law – programme includes: visits to magistrates and Crown Court, visit to prison, visit from probation service, opportunity to write bail application etc.

For more information on our Post 16 pathways, courses etc, please go to our Post 16 pages.

 

 

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