The Lower School Curriculum (Y7-9) and the manner in which it is assessed is currently under national review. We are proud that at Aston Academy we have followed developments in curriculum change closely and have developed an Academy system that enables student progress to be tracked effectively between Lower and Upper School (Y7-11).
At Aston we are committed to ensuring that we offer personalised and appropriate learning opportunities for all of our students, enabling them to make the best possible progress and acquire the skills and experience needed by young people in the 21st century.
We have developed a curriculum and assessment system that best meets the needs of our learners across Lower and Upper School, enabling progress to be rigorously tracked and monitored. We are very excited about the new developments in learning and assessment and are working collaboratively to ensure the best possible learning and teaching experiences for our students.
Within Lower School, students study an English Baccalaureate curriculum including the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities (History and Geography) and a Modern Foreign Language. Students also study Physical Education, Religious Education, Design Technology, Drama, Music, Art and Computing. PSHCE is taught thematically across our curriculum.
Our students also participate in the ‘Investors in Pupils’ programme through which students set personal targets and work together with others to ensure that these targets are met. The programme improves students’ understanding of their own role within the ACET learning community and encourages everyone to make positive contributions in and out of school.
For detailed information on our Lower School curriculum, click on the links below:
Students in Upper School will have the opportunity to study the core curriculum of English, Mathematics, Science, ICT, Religious Studies, Physical Education and Personal, Health, Social and Citizenship Education. To ensure that the curriculum is broad and challenging they will also be guided to take options from a particular pathway. This may include Humanities, Languages, computing and Technologies/Arts.
The curriculum supports all students in attaining at least 8 level 2 GCSE qualifications. Many students will complete the English Baccalaureate, while other students may study a more vocational and skills based courses. This reflects the more personalised approach to learning in the Upper School.
The school makes provision for parents/carers to exercise their right to withdraw their children from religious education.
We offer the following courses within Upper School:
Applied Science BTEC
Business & Communications Systems
Design & Technology: Electronic Products
Design & Technology: Food Technology
Design & Technology: Graphic Products
Design & Technology: Resistant Materials
Design & Technology: Textiles Technology
Health and Social Care BTEC
Year 11 Revision Guide
The revision guide provided at the last Year 11 consultation evening is available to download here.
Visit our Post 16 website to find information about the curriculum offered at Key Stage 5.
Curriculum Model - All year groups
The full curriculum model for all year groups is included as an attachment below.