The curriculum at Northumberland Church of England Academy Trust consists of significantly more than a range of subjects. It is the total planned learning experience for our young people to enable them to maximise their potential and contribute positively to society.
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Our primary curriculum is designed to engage pupils and inspire them to become creative and independent thinkers with a love of learning and a thirst for knowledge.
We actively encourage pupils to get involved and contribute to the life of the Trust and to be active, respectful and caring members of the communities that they live in as well as thoughtful members of the global community.
It is important that children find reading a rewarding and successful experience so we use the Read Write Inc. programme to teach every child to read fluently and confidently through a structured and systematic phonic based approach.
We have a broad and balanced curriculum within Key Stage 3, offering students the opportunity to follow a programme of study which will both continue their learning from primary and extend their experience of some new subjects in secondary.
Students choose their options for KS4 at the end of Year 9. There is a strong emphasis on developing skills within the EBacc, the government’s programme of subjects that facilitate progress into a range of future options. However, we also offer a group of other subjects to meet the needs of our students and their aspirations for the future.
Our curriculum offers a good range of A Level subjects to choose from and a number of excellent vocational options. Our vocational provision has been judged to be in the top 10% of sixth form providers nationally for the last two years, and our students are able to study a mixed programme of both vocational and academic subjects, meaning that they really can set their sights on excellent futures through the education and training at JBVI.
Castle school offers each pupil a curriculum drawn from National Curriculum core subjects and an essential curriculum that covers all aspects of Personal and Social Education. In addition Castle school offers a sensory curriculum which supports the needs of our children with Profound and Multiple Learning disabilities. A ‘topic-based’ approach is used within primary to deliver the National Curriculum foundation subjects with the themes being differentiated to take account of the range of needs of pupils in the school. Within Key Stage 3 and more so in Key Stage 4, subjects are taught as separate lessons. Within sixth form the curriculum focuses on personal development, life skills and preparation for after school.
Castle School Curriculum