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Curriculum Intent

At The Ockendon Academy, we believe in providing opportunities for our students to achieve the best they can in all they do. Our curriculum is built on a number of principles:

  • A drive for progress – curriculum and subject choices need to provide students with the best chances to make progress across all their subjects. This is particularly important when choosing options subjects.
  • An ACE curriculum – in order for students to make progress, they need to feel they can ACHIEVE, they need to be COMMITTED to their own learning and they need to feel ENGAGED and motivated. Providing an ACE curriculum allows students to develop the ownership and personal drive to want to do well.
  • Individual and personalised learning – the curriculum needs to adapt to the student. With this in mind, we offer a wide range of subjects for students to study in years 7 and 8, including all areas of Design Technology and the Arts. At GCSE level, students can choose from a variety of options subjects to continue the broad curriculum offered.

Religious Studies and Modern Ethics

All students in years 7 and 8 study Religious Studies as part of their Humanities curriculum. In year 9, students move on to Modern Ethics, a non-examined course which addresses PSHE and SRE content.

Personal, Social and Health Education

This is taught in years 7 and 8 through Religious Studies and in year 9 through Modern Ethics. In years 10 and 11, the elements of PSHE not covered across other curriculum areas are delivered in ‘drop down days’, where student knowledge is developed throughout the Insight entitlement. In all year groups, the ‘Be The Best You Can Be’ tutor curriculum, delivered through AM form sessions, also delivers large aspects of the PSHE curriculum.

All students receive careers interviews and are given specific and detailed advice and guidance on their choices for their futures. For more information about this, see the careers section of the website.

Sex and Relationship Education

Sex and relationship education is compulsory from age 11 onwards. It involves teaching children about reproduction, sexuality and sexual health. It is designed to ensure students are taught the knowledge and life skills they will need to stay safe and develop healthy and supportive relationships, particularly dealing with the challenges of growing up in an online world. Sex and Relationships Education is delivered through the ‘Be The Best You Can Be’ tutor curriculum programme, as well as in Modern Ethics lessons in year 9.

For further details or to discuss any element of the curriculum, please contact