Curriculum Statement

    At All Saints Academy Dunstable we are committed to achieving the highest possible standard of teaching and learning which we believe is at the heart of individual achievement.

    We have high expectations of all our students and and encourage them to take responsibility for their learning through engagement in a varied, active and accessible curriculum. The progress of all students is monitored against ambitious targets that build on the strengths of each student.

    Students with particular learning needs are suitably supported enabling them to take full advantage of the opportunities offered by the Academy and to succeed in their learning.

    Through our links with the University of Bedfordshire, local businesses and other providers we are able to offer a range of visits, work experience and enrichment activities to enhance students’ wider learning opportunities.
     
    At Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8)

    Students are divided into two equal bands with the exception of Maths in Year 7. Some lessons are set and some are mixed ability within those bands depending on the Curriculum Area specialisms.

    The students follow a broad and balanced curriculum consisting of:-

    English, Maths, Science, Modern Foreign Language (Spanish or French), History, Geography, Learning to Learn (L2L), Religious Studies, Computing and Physical Education. The students also experience a range of subjects on a rotational basis in Creating and Designing such as Art, Dance, Drama, Food Technology, Media and Music.
     
    At Key Stage 4 (Years 9 and 11)

    Students build upon their experience, learning and knowledge from Key Stage 3 and choose their options early in the spring term of Year 8. Students are guided in their choices to select the best courses suited to their needs and all students will have a pathways interview with a senior member of staff.

    As well as the core curriculum (Maths, English, Science, Religious Studies and Physical Education) the students will choose from a selection of EBacc, GCSEs and BTEC subjects on offer.

    Students can select two from the following: Computer Science, Dance, Drama, Media, Art, Business Studies, Food Studies, Health and Social Care, History, ICT, Geography, Graphics, Media, Music, Photography, Travel and Tourism, Performing Arts, Physical Education, and Public Services.

    The students are taught in the core subjects (except Maths in Year 10) in two equal bands and some students will follow a more selective option route consisting of vocational subjects and additional English and Maths.

    Year 9 students have an additional core lesson of Learning to Learn.

    During Years 10 and 11, all students are given the opportunity for a 1:1 interview on Impartial Advice and Guidance from our partner provider. At the end of Key Stage 4 students will select their pathways into post 16 with the guidance of a senior member of staff.
     
    At Key Stage 5 (Year 12 and 13)

    In the Sixth Form we encourage our students to be independent learners, and to develop their life skills to be prepared for the transition to Further/Higher Education, Apprenticeships and the world of work.

    We offer a range of Level 3 courses: A Level courses and/or a mixture of A Level and BTEC courses best suited to students’ needs and aspirations. Students who need to retake English and Maths will have this opportunity alongside their subjects. All students have enrichment and an Academy work experience session with a view to preparing them for the next stage in their careers.

    Please see our Sixth Form Pathways booklet for the range of subject choices. Students are regularly supported in their future aspirations with the opportunity to have a 1:1 interview with a Careers Adviser. The number of young people deciding to join All Saints Academy Sixth Form is increasing and we encourage all students to consider staying on to further their studies.

    More detailed information for each subject within a Curriculum Area can be found on each Curriculum Area page as indicated on this website.