We aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum for every one of our students, a curriculum that enables each student to progress. We encourage students to learn how to learn, to make informed decisions and to develop self-control and self-motivation so that they can move on from Bosworth Academy into employment, training or higher education with confidence and self-assurance.
We believe that the curriculum should challenge students intellectually as well as provide opportunities to allow a degree of personalisation through student choice and identified needs.
In the Laureates (Key Stage 3) and the Academy (Key Stage 4), our curriculum structure is designed to give every student a solid foundation for their learning as well as challenging them to reach beyond their imagined potential. We also encourage an increasing degree of personalisation through choice as they progress, so that as they move into the Sixth Form or Post 16, they are able to make informed choices about their courses and pathways.
At Post 16, we offer a wide range of A Levels and BTECs at both level 3 and Level 2. This gives students a huge choice, meaning that they can personalise their own learning programmes. The variety of courses allows students to progress into apprenticeships, employment or university.
Throughout the Academy, all staff teach in Key stage 3, Key Stage 4 and Post 16. This means that the curriculum is delivered by experienced teachers who all teach A Levels in their subject. Their subject enthusiasm and knowledge the journey ahead of their students means that that every lesson is delivered as part of a pathway leading to excellent outcomes and potentially to university in that subject.
The Laureates Curriculum (Key Stage 3)
The Laureates curriculum is delivered in years 7 and 8.
In year 7, the curriculum is organised so that the majority of teaching takes place in tutor groups. Much of this teaching occurs within the Laureates ‘school within a school’, but our extensive specialised classrooms are utilised whenever possible.
The year 7 curriculum is designed to support our strong emphasis on literacy and numeracy, principally through the study of English and Maths, but also across the full range of subjects. Literacy is further supported through the Humanities programme, which is delivered by the student’s year 7 tutor. The tutor will, whenever possible, support their tutor group’s English teacher in the English lessons. This provides a strong link and common approach to develop literacy skills to the maximum. The Humanities curriculum covers a wide range of topics from geography, history, religion, ethics, citizenship and global development. The Maths curriculum is based upon the very successful Singapore Maths Programme and numeracy skills are developed through other subjects across the curriculum.
To best prepare our students for the ever increasing technological and scientific world which they will inherit, all students all study science, which is always taught in specialist, well equipped science laboratories. Topics are arranged to cover an equal share of biology, chemistry and physics as well as ‘how science works’ and the range of highly qualified and experienced specialist teachers available in each of these subjects ensures that students are well prepared in all 3 subjects prior to starting their Triple Science GCSEs in year 9. Computer Science is also taught by specialist teachers in specialised facilities.
Bosworth is unique in the area in offering both French and Spanish in our Laureates curriculum. Parents will be given the opportunity to express a preference for which language they would prefer their child to study as their main foreign language, but the opportunity to study both will arise through our Enrichment Programme.
Creativity is also an important aspect of life and it is important to foster creative thinking in as many forms as possible. We encourage the development of creativity through two main curriculum strands, Performance and ADT (Art, Design and Technology). There are also additional opportunities through our Enrichment Programme. The Performance programme allows students to explore the various aspects of performing arts through music, drama and dance, whilst he ADT programme provides access to various forms of Art including 2D, 3D and textiles; product design and cooking.
Students’ wellbeing and personal development are supported by practical PE twice a week, with an emphasis on remaining healthy as well as a comprehensive PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) Programme delivered by a specialist team. Student’s moral, social and cultural education is supported by their tutors through a tutor programme. This approach allows a co-ordinated approach to fully support all aspects of their development.
In the Laureates, students are given a degree of choice within their curriculum through the Enrichment Programme which offers a wide variety of different activities and experiences. Students usually undertake 6 or 7 different enrichment activities each year.
The enrichment programme for year 7 includes Musical Theatre, Pinhole Photography, Enamelling, Let’s Cook!, Street Dance, Video Making and Editing, Film Studies, Upcycling, Garden Design and Maintenance, Forensic Science, The Art of Arguing and Additional French and/or Spanish.
In Year 8 the programme includes additional studies in many of the activities started in year 7, but also starting a Business, Construction, Media Studies, Debating, Sports Leadership and Extension Languages. These last activities provide a taster of subjects offered as options in Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 and 11)
The Academy Curriculum (Key Stage 4)
The academy curriculum is delivered in years 9, 10 and 11.
The Academy Curriculum is designed to build upon the firm foundations developed through the Laureates Curriculum and provide students with a broad and balanced curriculum with the capacity to foster creativity, experience personalisation and allow choice.
The core curriculum is designed to provide students with a firm foundation for their adult life and consists of courses that prepare all students to achieve above their expected potential in GCSEs English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Bosworth is unique in the area in expecting all students to achieve highly in Triple Science at GCSE utilising the experience of our specialist teachers in the science department which has delivered Triple Science for 9 years extremely successfully.
Students’ well being and personal development are supported by practical PE twice a week, with an emphasis on remaining healthy as well as a comprehensive PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) Programme delivered by the student’s tutor. This includes an emphasis on health and careers. Student’s moral, social and cultural development is supported by a specialist team of teachers who deliver a programme of Philosophy and Ethics where students are challenged to consider what is right and wrong on a wide variety of topics relevant to modern life, world events and their own viewpoint.
Breadth within the core curriculum is maintained by the study of a language and a choice of either History or Geography to GCSE. Students will be expected to continue with the language that they have studied in the Laureates, ie French or Spanish.
At Key Stage 4, Bosworth’s commitment to fostering creativity in all forms as part of the core curriculum is evident in the choice of option subjects. All students are expected to choose one subject from Art, Textiles, Design and Technology, Creative Cooking, Computing, Creative i-Media, Construction, Media Studies, Dance, Drama or Music.
Personalisation and specialisation is provided within the Key Stage 4 curriculum through choice of a second option subject. Students can either choose a second creative subject from the list above, or an academic subject from Business Studies, GCSE PE, History, Geography, Religious Studies or Sociology. We are continually reviewing the courses on offer and the lists above are subject to change.
Key Stage 4 Curriculum for students joining Year 10 in 2016
Students who are entering year 10 in September 2016 are the last cohort of students who did not have the choice of joining Bosworth Academy in year 7. As such, we have planned a curriculum to maximise potential and provide appropriate pathways for students of all abilities and interests. As a former upper school, Bosworth Academy is the school of choice for parents and students seeking to maximise every student’s potential in GCSEs and provide continuity through GCSEs, A Levels and on to university or employment.
Students at any other school can join year 10 at Bosworth Academy in September 2016 by applying to the School Admissions Department at Leicestershire County Council via: http://www.leics.gov.uk/admissions. There is no deadline for applications, but earlier applications will lead to more choice of option subjects.
Students joining year 10 in 2016 will experience a broad and balanced curriculum, with a high degree of personalisation and choice.
The core curriculum is designed to provide students with a firm foundation for their adult life and consists of courses that prepare all students to achieve above their expected potential in GCSEs in English Language, English Literature and Mathematics.
All students will also study for a minimum of 2 GCSEs through Double Combined Science. Supported by our experienced and committed specialist science teachers, approximately 50% of students will study for the Triple Sciences of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. This can happen through 2 routes: Students able to work at an appropriate pace will study for Triple Science within the core provision, while any student can opt to convert their Double Combined Science course into Triple Science by choosing Further Science as one of their options.
Students’ well-being and personal development are supported by practical PE twice a week, with an emphasis on remaining healthy as well as a comprehensive PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) Programme delivered by the student’s tutor. This includes an emphasis on health and careers.
To maintain breadth within their curriculum, all students are expected to choose a ‘Principal Choice’ subject from History, Geography, Computer Science, Further Science or French.
To allow for personalisation and specialisation, all students have 3 additional option choices from: Art, Textiles, Construction, Catering, Design and Technology, Computer Science, ICT, Creative i-Media, Further Science, GCSE PE, Media Studies, Religious Studies, Geography, History, Sociology, Dance, Drama, Music or French.
Tech-X: Technical Excellence in Post 16 Curriculum
The Tech-X curriculum is designed for 16 year old students as a bridge from GCSEs to either an apprenticeship or into Level 3 courses.
The Tech-X Curriculum provides opportunities for students to specialise in different employment areas through a Pre-Apprenticeship Programme, a general vocational programme, to improve GCSE grades in subjects that are important to future employment and experience a range of new Level 2 BTEC subjects that can be the start of a vocational pathway through Level 3 courses to employment or university.
All students following the Tech X Curriculum have to follow one of the four principal pathways:
- Construction Pre-Apprenticeship Programme, in partnership with Barratt Homes,
- Engineering Pre-Apprenticeship Programme, in partnership with Caterpillar
- Retail and Customer Services Pre-Apprenticeship Programme, in partnership with Next
- General Vocational Programme
All students following the Tech-X curriculum can also improve their GCSE Grades in the following subjects:
- English Language
- Core Science
- Additional Science
All students following the Tech-X Curriculum can take Level 2 or GCSE courses in the following subjects related to growing employment sectors in the local area:
- Travel and Tourism
- Health and Social Care
- Business Studies
- Digital Media (Creative i-Media)
- Film Studies
The Oaks Sixth Form Curriculum
The curriculum within The Oaks Sixth Form is designed to offer personalisation and specialisation as a pathway to university, apprenticeship or employment at age 18 or 19. This is done through a mixture of A Level and BTEC Level 3 courses. AS level qualifications are integrated into all A Level courses.
The courses on offer are:
- Business Studies
- Creative Digital Media Production
- English Language
- English Literature
- English Language/ Literature Combined
- Film Studies
- Health and Social Care
- Information Technology
- Further Maths
- Media Communication & Production
- Music Performance
- Physical Education
- Product Design
- Theatre Studies
- Travel and Tourism
In addition, a comprehensive PHSE programme is delivered by the student’s tutors, with a focus on preparation for application to university and preparation for life after school. Students are also expected to involve themselves in a variety of enrichment activities.