The curriculum at Thomas Hepburn Community Academy aims to support the highest level of achievement for all students.

At Thomas Hepburn Community Academy we:

• Teach a broad and balanced range of subjects including all the key areas of the National Curriculum.

• Pay particular attention to developing the essential skills in English and mathematics.

• Provide a Key Stage 4 curriculum which offers a range of courses to enable opportunities for students to continue learning and achieving post 16.

• Provide each student with a suitable programme of learning and challenge designed to meet their individual needs.

The Timetable:

At Thomas Hepburn Community Academy we have six fifty minute lessons a day making 30 lessons a week.

The Academy Day:

The school day begins at 8.30am and is made up of six fifty minute lessons and a thirty minute personal development lesson or assembly.

Break (10 minutes) is between lessons 2 and 3.

Lunch (30 minutes) is between lessons 4 and 5.

The Academy day finishes at 2:35pm. Progress clubs will be delivered for identified students at the end of the academy day.

Curriculum - EBACC and Progress 8

Students commencing their GCSEs from September 2014, will form part of a new measure of school performance, the "Progress 8″ measure. Progress 8 is, to all intents and purposes, a measure of a student's performance across eight subject disciplines.

Which qualifications will be accepted in the measure?

GCSE Mathematics and English Language/Literature

Mathematics and English are both double-weighted, with English and Maths both worth 20 per cent and the other six subjects each worth 10 per cent of the total measure.

Currently, if students sit both English Language and English Literature, the highest grade will be used and double-weighted. From 2017, students will have to study both English Language and English Literature for the subject to be double-weighted. At Thomas Hepburn Community Academy, all of our students take GCSE English Literature in addition to GCSE English Language so that each student has every possible opportunity to achieve in both of the GCSE English qualifications.

In summary, it is paramount that your child makes good progress in English and Mathematics as these subjects form the foundation of all learning at 11-16 and beyond.

English Baccalaureate slots

The English Baccalaureate (EBacc) is a performance measure for any student who achieves good GCSE passes (5 - 9) in English, mathematics, history or geography, two sciences and a language.

Open slots

The final three slots in the measure are the open group of subjects. Firstly, any EBacc subjects that have not counted in the EBacc slots can be used. English Literature can also be used here. The remaining slots can be filled with any other subjects which gives students the flexibility to personalise their curriculum to suit their strengths, interests and aspirations.

Lower school - Years 7 & 8

Students in Years 7 and 8 are part of our Lower School. They will study:

• English

• Maths

• Science

• History

• Geography

• Modern Foreign Languages

• Design Technology

• Computing/IT

• Physical Education

• Music

• RE

• Art

During Year 8, students will start their 'Preferences' process where they will be guided and supported in the transition to Upper School and beginning their GCSE qualifications in Year 9.

Upper School - Years 9, 10 & 11

Students in Years 9, 10 and 11 are part of our Upper School.

Students in Upper School must study:

• GCSE English Language

• GCSE English Literature

• GCSE Mathematics

• GCSE Science

• Physical Education

Students may also choose to study a selection of subjects through the 'preferences process'

Students must also study religious education (RE), and secondary schools must provide sex education. The content of these two subjects is decided locally but must remain within the law. All secondary schools are responsible for providing careers, enterprise education and citizenship. Schools organise their own timetable, and can decide what else to teach their students.

The curriculum on offer is reviewed every year and adjusted, where necessary, according to the learning needs of our students.

For more information on any aspect of our curriculum, please contact Mr H Zaheer (Vice Principal).