Last term (as well as working harder than ever with the Year 11’s, 12’s and 13’s) we have also spent a huge amount of time reflecting, visiting Outstanding Academies and planning to ensure that we are on track to become an Outstanding educational establishment. This has led to a review of our Behaviour, Assessment, Teaching and Safeguarding Policy.
Sadly, in many Academies the curriculum has become very narrow and rigid, designed with the sole purpose of getting a good progress 8 score. I am a firm believer that Broadway’s curriculum is much more than this – it is a medium to broaden horizons, create tolerance and respect, to develop decent human beings that will enhance society and the local community. It is the breadth of the curriculum, including the superb Drama Department, excellent extra-curricular Sports, the D of E, the Technology and Art, the Citizenship and RE and Humanities as well as a strong core of Maths, English, Science and Languages supplemented with the many additional trips all combined to develop a unique Broadway experience. The current curriculum has undergone 13 reviews before we have a polished and successful, extremely well designed and cost effective curriculum. Due to government funding cuts we have made huge savings (£700k in the last two years – much from leadership and staffing).
We have also invested in ensuring that all ICT systems are fit for purpose. We have moved across to SIMS which I’m sure will improve all aspects of the management of the Academy. Last term we have also re-designed the website and this should go live in the next week.
Our curriculum is designed to inspire and challenge, to promote academic rigour along with health and fitness, to develop leadership skills and develop our pupils into well rounded citizens. The School Values and British Values are a central part of everything that we do at Broadway. These are developed through our Personal Development Programme, along which includes work related learning, enrichment and extra-curricular activities.
In Years 7 and 8 Broadway Academy pupils study a range of subjects including English, Mathematics, Science, Computing and PE. Beyond this core, Geography, History and Religious Education are taught to all. Every pupil also studies a modern foreign language from Arabic, French, Spanish or German. Creative skills are developed through Art, Drama and Music. Food Technology, Graphics, Resistant Materials and Textiles are delivered through our Design Technology programme. In addition to these academic studies pupils are encouraged to take up a wide range of extra- curricular activities, participate in hillwalking, take a junior leadership award and develop their public speaking skills by studying for an oracy qualification.
Year 9 -Curriculum plans
Year 10 – Curriculum plans
Year 11 – Curriculum plans
In Year’s 9, 10 and 11 all pupils study GCSE’s in English, Maths, Science , History or Geography, Religious Studies and PE. They also choose additional optional subjects in a variety of subjects and take either Computing or a Modern Foreign Language. To further develop character and improve leadership skills all pupils also take a Duke of Edinburgh qualification.
We offer a wide variety of extra-curricular and enrichment activities, including out-of-hours and holiday programmes, such as the Year 6/7 and Gifted and Talented Summer Schools. Our pupils also benefit from an extensive range of local, national and international visits to places of historical, geographical and cultural interest .
Whole school “Guidance days” enhance the curriculum across a range of subject areas and cover Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education and our enhanced programme of activities and learning in sports has been reflected in the award of Sports Mark silver.
Many activities are linked to work-related learning and numerous learning programmes attract accreditation. We collaborate closely with our arts partners, our partner schools, businesses and other organisations to ensure our pupils are as qualified and equipped as possible with the necessary skills for life beyond school.
Hundreds of our students from across the Academy benefit from our out of hours programme after school, at weekends and over the holidays.