Stephenson Academy

Stephenson Academy

Crosslands
Stantonbury
Milton Keynes
MK14 6AX
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Curriculum

The curriculum is designed to meet students’ needs with appropriate balance between academic, vocational and social education.

We are extremely ambitious for our students and we expect all students to leave the academy with at least 5 GCSE or equivalent qualifications and most will gain considerably more - up to 12. There are well equipped specialist vocational teaching areas and all courses have external accreditation including BTEC and a variety of vocational awards recognised nationwide by employers and colleges. We aim to ensure that all students leave with the relevant, nationally recognised qualifications they need to help them make the next step to college, employment or apprenticeships.

To further help students flourish we have small class sizes (maximum 8) with varying levels of support, dependent on need, enable the students to make progress as well as targeted interventions for literacy and numeracy when needed.

The Academy provides opportunities for the students develop their social skills and contribute to their communities through a range of enrichment activities. These include Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Trust as well as less formal activities and residential school trips.

The aim of the curriculum offer at Stephenson is to re-engage students with learning, so that through personalisation and innovation students can achieve success and ultimately be ready for the next stage of education, training or employment when they leave us.

Foundation Stage: Years 7 & 8

In Foundation the curriculum is based on developing skills and improving knowledge in a range of traditional subjects. Students study maths, English, science, ICT, art, DT, humanities, PHSE as well as programmes designed to improve their social skills. There is also a focus on literacy and numeracy with Interventions delivered by Learning Mentors.

Key Stage 4: Years 9, 10 & 11

In Year 9 students complete Entry Level qualifications in many subjects and then naturally progress to GCSE. They will also choose their Year 10 and Year 11 programme of study.

In Years 10 and 11 students continue on to study GCSEs and equivalent in English, maths, science, IT and humanities as well as choose 3 vocational options from a wide range of subjects including GCSE child development, GCSE art, IMI/ABC motor vehicle, BTEC construction, BTEC animal care and BTEC hair and beauty.

Students also can follow a “C” pathway which puts more emphasis on the vocational subjects where appropriate.

Key Stage 5: Sixth Form

In 6Th Form we offer maths, English, personal finance and the chance to build on the students’ existing vocational qualifications up to and including Level 3 where appropriate. We also send students on work experience and other activities designed to help them find employment of college places when they finally leave. Places in 6th form are limited to only 6.

 

Ollie Sharp

Deputy Principal Teaching and Learning