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 individual needs through banding.
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.
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. This is important, and at Thomas Hepburn, all of our students take GCSE English Literature in addition to GCSE English Language, so we are well prepared for this.
In summary, it is paramount that your child makes good progress in English and Mathematics as the new measure asserts their importance like nothing that we have seen before.
English Baccalaureate slots
The English Baccalaureate (EBacc) is a performance measure for any student who achieves good GCSE passes (5 - 9) in English, mathematics and (A* to C) in history or geography, two sciences and a language.
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 from our options, as again, here at Thomas Hepburn, we are well positioned in regard to this as our full curriculum offer for our students in Key Stage 4 meets these measures.
Lower school - Years 7 & 8
Students in Years 7 and 8 are deemed to be in Lower school. They will study:
•Modern Foreign Language
During Year 8, students will start their 'Pathways' process.
Upper School - Years 9, 10 & 11
Students in Years 9, 10 and 11 are deemed to be in Upper school.
Students in Upper school must study:
•GCSE English Language
•GCSE English Literature
•Physical Education/ Btec Sport
Students may also choose to study a selection of subjects through the 'pathways 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 the students in a particular band.
For more information on any aspect of our curriculum please contact Miss K Wright