The overarching goal of the curriculum at Orchard Mead Academy is to give all students access to the best which has been thought, said, written and created in every field of human endeavour.
The curriculum is framed with the intention of producing well-balanced students prepared for the responsibilities and opportunities that arise throughout life and to prepare students for the challenges of the 21st Century. It extends knowledge, experience and imagination in ways which develop critical and analytical capability, awareness of moral values and capacity for enjoyment.
The students’ spiritual, moral and ethical development is addressed through the formal curriculum in a number of subjects, including PSHE lessons. It also occurs informally through assemblies, numerous extra-curricular activities, residential experiences and in other intangible ways which permeate the ethos of the school.
Orchard Mead Academy has a full and well established PSHE programme which is delivered by a dedicated teaching team. It is also delivered by outside providers who have specialisms in required areas. Students are therefore, prepared for their roles as citizens, especially through schemes of work for Citizenship which is taught within Humanities. All students receive careers advice and have the benefit of taking part in a well-integrated leadership programme as well as work related and enterprise opportunities.
Courses of Study
Year 7: English, Mathematics, Science, French, History, Geography, RE, Music, Art, Drama, ICT, Design & Technology*, Physical Education**, PSHE/Citizenship.
Year 8-9: The above curriculum is continued.
*Design Technology incorporates Textiles, Product Design and Food & Nutrition with students studying a mixture of skills, from designing, to making dough, to hemming, all the while gaining a strong sense of what makes outstanding design.
**Physical Education includes a wide range of activities including football, hockey, handball, cricket, netball, tennis, orienteering, health and fitness, gymnastics, basketball, badminton, volleyball, table tennis, dodgeball, athletics, rounders, softball.
Key Stage 4 – Years 10-11: all students study English (Language and Literature), Mathematics, Science (either Combined Science or Biology, Chemistry and Physics as separate subjects), PSHE and Physical Education, with an increasing number required to continue to study French. They may also choose additional subjects from a broad range including Art, Business Studies, Child Development, Citizenship, Computer Science, Drama, Dance, Film Studies, ICT, Media Studies, Music, PE & Sport, Product Design, Textiles, Food and Nutrition, and Textiles.