At the heart of our educational philosophy is a belief that all students are individuals with different strengths, skills interests and aptitudes. We therefore offer a curriculum which is not only broad and balanced but also enriched, stimulating and engaging. South Shore Academy provides innovative and exciting programmes of study that enable all students to achieve and succeed and, in turn, realise their full potential personally, socially and academically.
Key Stage 3 (Years 7 to 9)
The focus within the Key Stage 3 curriculum is; reinforcing learning skills, establishing and maintaining high expectations, developing students’ enthusiasm for learning, raising the level of challenge and developing self-motivation by providing them with a wide range of learning opportunities including social, moral, spiritual and cultural enrichments.
All pupils will study:
English, Mathematics, Science, Art, Drama, Geography, History, ICT, a Modern Language, Music, Physical Education, Religious Studies, Technology, Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education and Citizenship. Some pupils will also take a second Modern Language.
The progress of all pupils will be carefully monitored from their first days in school. Their initial class placement will be based upon what they have achieved in the primary school and their SATs levels. Soon after starting at South Shore, all Year 7 pupils will take diagnostic screening tests. When the results of these are known, if we decide it is in the best interests of individuals, we may decide to make changes to the form groups.
In Key Stage 3 teaching groups are sometimes the same as form groups, but pupils are ‘set’ in appropriate ability groups in Maths and English, Languages and Science.
Key Stage 4 (Years 10 – 11)
During these two years pupils follow a curriculum appropriate to their interests and aspirations. This means all pupils must follow courses in:
English (WJEC) and English Literature (WJEC), Mathematics (Edexcel), Sciences (OCR), Physical Education (Edexcel), Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education and Citizenship, including work-related learning and enterprise.
Pupils are also able to make some personal choices through a set of ‘Options’, which include courses following the new English Baccalaureate pathway.
The range of GCSE, BTEC and OCR National courses offered to pupils is reviewed and updated annually but currently includes:
Art and Design (Edexcel), Business Studies (Edexcel), Child Care and Development (AQA), Dance (Edexcel), Drama (Edexcel), Food Technology (AQA), Geography (WJEC), History (WJEC), French (WJEC), Spanish (WJEC), Information and Communication Technology (ECDL), Computer Studies (ECDL),Graphics (AQA), Music (Edexcel), Physical Education (Edexcel), Religious Studies (WJEC), Resistant Materials (AQA), Leisure and Tourism (WJEC), Business Studies (Edexcel) and Sport (Edexcel).
In Key Stage 4, teaching groups are generally slightly smaller than form groups.
For any additional information relating to the Curriculum then please contact the office on 336500.