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Curriculum

We aim to foster the intellectual, social, creative, physical, moral and spiritual development of all our students.

The aims of the curriculum at SSA are;

To ensure all students are educated about their choices for the future and are prepared for the challenges of life beyond SSA.

To enjoy learning through an academic, broad and balanced curriculum that enables all students to realise their potential.

To inspire students to become lifelong learners who demonstrate creativity, curiosity and critical thinking.

To encourage students to develop self-confidence and self-awareness and an appreciation of the impact they can have on members of the school and wider community.

To present enrichment opportunities for learning and development that promote leadership skills, co-operation and teamwork, and foster cultural knowledge and understanding.

To uphold the school values of:

· Ambition

· Respect

· Resilience

Key Stage Three

A broad and balanced curriculum is followed, consisting of English, mathematics, science, geography, history, art, performing arts, music, PE, design technology, computing, health, religious studies, PSHE and Spanish.

Key Stage Four

Our Key Stage 4 curriculum is broad so that students can experience a range of opportunities across the curriculum; balanced because it is unwise for students to narrow down their options before the age of 16; relevant to students’ individual needs and to the demands of a rapidly-changing world; and personalised so that the level and type of work are suited to the ability and learning style of each individual student. English language, English literature, mathematics and science are compulsory for all students. All the other subjects studied at Key Stage Three are available options for students to pursue at GCSE, as well as new choices such as childcare, travel and tourism and business.

Enrichment

Equally important to our taught curriculum is the portfolio of experiences to enable personal and social development, develop citizenship and community work and present challenge.

These include, work experience at Key Stage 4, trips, a wide range of well attended extra-curricular clubs, including D of E, fundraising events, supporting others, mentoring and representing the school across a range of activities. All have the aim of helping our student to develop their identity, so they are ready and equipped to fully engage with life beyond school.