Academy Life


The curriculum at all key stages is personalised to the needs, aptitudes, interests and abilities of students. All students have access to a curriculum that:

  • Develops independent learning.
  • Develops core skills in Literacy, Numeracy and ICT.
  • Develops personal skills such as thinking skills, problem solving, initiative, empathy, communication and active participation.
  • Develops knowledge through the core curriculum.

Our aim is to provide a rich and balanced educational environment, where all students can excel academically, vocationally, digitally, socially, morally, spiritually, physically, emotionally and environmentally.

Our goal is to raise aspirations, unlock students’ potential and work towards achieving excellence through encouraging a ‘can-do’ culture which nurtures confident and competent young people. We aim to develop informed and active learners with a strong sense of self-confidence who can explore questions, seek solutions, solve problems and who persevere in their learning, even when they may fail initially because from failure springs learning and success.

Our culture of success is built on developing strong relationships and working in partnership with students, Parents/Carers and the Academy.

Every young person who attends our Academy is given the best of our time, energy and resources. We work tirelessly to help young people see and realise their potential; value and respect themselves and celebrate their own, and others’, achievements.


Key Stage 3

We offer an exciting and varied learning experience at Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8).  Our philosophy is that students follow a broad and balanced curriculum that will stretch, motivate and engage all the learners under our care.

All students are supported to improve their abilities in English and Maths.  The most able are pushed to develop their analytical and independent skills, while there are a range of intensive support programmes in place to help other learners bridge any gaps in their learning.

Alongside this focus, students study a range of sciences, humanities and creative arts to help develop their knowledge and skills and to discover their own individual talents and interests.

Taught within each school: Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
ICT (discreetly taught)
French, Spanish or both
Religious Education
Wellbeing and Citizenship
Taught in within William Morris Centre: Food Technology
Graphics and Design Technology
Taught in within 2012 Sports Centre: PE, Sports & Dance Leadership, Healthy Living


Key Stage 4

The Government have radically changed the curriculum that schools can provide over recent years.  Vocational subjects have been reduced in number, made harder, with coursework and practical elements reduced and terminal exams introduced.  GCSE subjects have also become harder, with increased subject content and coursework elements removed.  They are all assessed through terminal exams and graded 9 to 1, (rather than the previous A*-G), where 9 is the highest.

Our KS4 curriculum is broad and balanced, with a core entitlement and a range of new and familiar subjects that students can opt for.  Our Key Stage 4 curriculum is delivered over years 9, 10 and 11, with all students selecting their Pathway preferences at the end of Year 8.

The curriculum is designed to cater for all abilities and we are able to offer flexibility within the timetable to provide many pathways to success.  The Academy offers guided choices to ensure our students achieve their full potential.  An information evening is held during the Spring Term in Year 8 during which the process is explained and Pathways Booklets published to help parents and students make informed choices.

Our range of subjects, four different pathways and curriculum maps are all available on our website.  In Year 9 our students are taught predominantly in their Home Schools.  In years 10 and 11 students are set by ability across the three Home schools, allowing smaller groups and greater flexibility, and ensuring students are challenged and supported at the most appropriate level.

Key Stage 5 – Post 16

At KS5 pupils can study a full range of A Levels and Vocational qualifications or a mixture. Full details of these are provided in the Arden Sixth Form section of our website and the Courses page.

Curriculum Content

Topics covered within each subject for all Year Groups, including Post 16 is available on the curriculum contents page.


Further Information

For further information please contact our Associate Principal, Mr Fazal Rahman for Key Stage 3/4 and Sixth Form.

Telephone 020 8850 7678