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Great Wyrley Academy

Great Wyrley Academy

Curriculum Information

The Aims of our Curriculum

Our central aim is to ensure that all students at Great Wyrley High School achieve the highest standards of which they are capable. These standards will apply to all that our students do, whether in the classroom, on the sports field, in concert or on stage, or in the extensive range of other opportunities we offer to students at all stages of their education.

Our curriculum aims will enable our students to become:

  • successful young people, who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve
  • fascinated by the world around them
  • imaginative, creative and reflective in their learning
  • confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
  • socially responsible people who can interact with people of varying backgrounds and cultures
  • responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society, upholding the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law and individual liberty
  • positive contributors to our local community through school based and local activities
  • tolerant and respectful of those who have different faiths and beliefs
  • respectful of our Co-operative values.

Curriculum Content

We follow the statutory National Curriculum which sets out programmes of study for Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 and which came into force in September 2014. A copy is available on the Department for Education website. The curriculum at Great Wyrley High School is delivered through English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, Religious Education (RE), Physical Education (PE) Technology, Music, Art, Drama, Modern Foreign Languages and Skills for Life (SFL). There are also a number of cross-curriculum aspects within our curriculum. Students should be able to learn about the following: identity and cultural diversity; healthy lifestyles; community participation; enterprise; global dimension and sustainable development; technology and media; creativity and critical thinking. These aspects are delivered not only in the classroom but also through our assembly and tutor programmes. These programmes also aim to develop our students' moral, social and cultural development. We also seek to promote numeracy, literacy and communication skills in all lessons. Our overall curriculum from Year 7 to Year 11 is viewed as one entity and students develop knowledge and skills throughout this period which will allow them to make progression into the next stages of their lives.

Year 7

8 lessons of English per fortnight, 7 lessons each of Maths and Science per fortnight, 4 lessons each of Design Technology, French and PE per fortnight, 3 lessons each of Geography and History per fortnight and 2 lessons per fortnight of RE, Computer Studies, Art, Drama and Music.

Year 8

8 lessons of English per fortnight, 7 lessons each of Maths and Science per fortnight, 4 lessons each of Design Technology, French and PE per fortnight, 3 lessons each of Geography and History per fortnight and 2 lessons per fortnight of RE, Computer Studies, Art, Drama and Music.

Year 9

8 lessons each of English, Maths and Science per fortnight, 4 lessons of PE per fortnight, 5 lessons of German per fortnight, 3 lessons each of Geography and History per fortnight, 2 lessons of RE per fortnight and 3 lessons on ‘mini-options’ per fortnight.

Year 10

8 lessons each of English and Maths per fortnight, 10 lessons of Science per fortnight, 4 lessons of PE per fortnight and 5 lessons of each option (4 chosen) per fortnight.

Year 11

8 lessons each of English and Maths per fortnight, 10 lessons of Science per fortnight, 4 lessons of PE per fortnight and 5 lessons of each option (4 chosen) per fortnight.

Sixth Form

At Post-16, we offer a broad range of ‘A’ Level and BTEC qualifications.

We have a collegiate arrangement with other local Secondary schools in order to provide our students with access to minority and specialised subjects (e.g. subjects requiring specialist equipment, teaching or learning environments).

For more information, visit our Post-16 page or ring Jackie Taylor on 01922 419311.