Curriculum Overview

The Aspire Academy curriculum is coherent and flexible, able to meet individual learner needs and encourage progression. There is a consistent and explicit focus on learning, encouraging students to take increasing responsibility for their own learning.

The curriculum has been designed to enable students who have struggled to achieve within a traditional school setting to become:
Successful learners who enjoy and achieve;
confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives;
and responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.
The philosophy behind our provision is flexibility and choice.

The focus of this curriculum is the progress of the individual from their starting point, hence the inclusion of learning beyond the classroom as well as within. ‘Progress’ at Aspire Academy will be developed through personalised learning that results in the acquisition of employability skills which have an important emphasis on Further Education, the workplace and life beyond Aspire.

Key Stage 3 Learning Hours are divided between: English; Mathematics; Science; Physical Education; History; Geography; Religious Education; PSHCE; Crucial Skills and Technology. KS3 hours include a minimum of 15 minutes private reading each day.

Key Stage 4 AM Learning Hours are divided between: iGCSE and WJEC English; WJEC English Literature; EDEXCEL and iGCSE Mathematics; AQA Leisure and Tourism; AQA Photograpy; AQA Art; EDEXCEL and AQA Science (option). For students with a reading age significant below their chronological age, they also have dedicated 1:1 reading time each day.

Key Stage 4 PM Learning Hours: R.E (Academic Option); Vocational (options include: City and Guilds Hair and Beauty, City and Guilds Construction, VCERT Catering, BTEC Jamie Oliver Catering; IMI Motor Vehicle). All students will complete ECDL (ICT) throughout the course of year 11. Further to this, our vocational team aim for students to leave with a work skills and employability package including First Aid in the work place and health and Safety certification.

At Key Stage 3 and 4 there is a strong emphasis on developing the students’ literacy and numeracy skills in order to allow them to access all areas of the curriculum; these are highlighted and identified in teachers’ planning. ICT is also integrated throughout the curriculum and the impact of this is demonstrated in our year 11 ECDL results in year 11.

Students unable to access the curriculum of the main site will complete a range of vocational courses with external providers, supported with 1:1 tuition throughout the week. We expect all students, including those on  to complete key stage 4 and leave with a minimum 5 GCSEs A* – G including English and Maths.


If parents have any questions or concerns about our curriculum, or simply would like elements of it explaining, please don’t hesitate to contact Chris Mulqueen or Stacey Ward at Aspire Academy.