We have a well-constructed curriculum, tailored to meet the needs of our learners and address social disadvantage on many levels. Our curriculum offer is adapted to meet individual needs where appropriate and therefore offers a range of pathways, which we believe broaden rather than narrow the offer at different points during the five-year journey. This is essential to overcome social disadvantage and remove the barriers our young people face.
At Don Valley Academy we follow a 2 year Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8) and then a 3 year Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 and 11). At the end of Year 8, students opt for 1 or 2 subjects that they will study in Years 9 and 10 and they complete those subjects by the end of Year 10. They then take 1 or 2 other ‘option subjects’ into Year 11. This design allows the Academy to focus more time on the core subjects in Year 11 and offer more intervention to targeted students to improve their core attainment. We offer a wide range of both subjects and qualifications which will cater for all needs from creative and technical qualifications to more academic and health related courses. Students will follow a course that best suits their abilities and could include: GCSEs, BTEC and Cambridge National or Technical certificates. Students opt for either Geography, History or a language, with some students studying two of these, where appropriate. We design our curriculum around each individual child and it is, therefore, a bespoke curriculum.
In Years 7 and 8 students follow a core curriculum of English, Mathematics and Science. They also study, History, Geography and languages, and then on rotation enjoy a wide range of creative and technical subjects. In addition they study Life which incorporates our citizenship curriculum and finally ICT and core PE. We plan to extend to a three year Key Stage 3 in September 2020.