Queensbury Academy is committed to providing a curriculum experience for every student that enables them not only to make progress in their learning and achieve high academic standards but also to enjoy learning for its own sake and to develop the skills and understanding to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives. The curriculum is suited to the needs of our students in a way that challenges and motivates them. Students have a wide range of choices so they are able to experience a broad range of subjects but also they can specialise in those they have an interest in.
The curriculum in years 7 and 8 focuses on giving students a broad range of experiences that help develop the skills needed for learning at Key Stage 4, in particular literacy and numeracy. The aim is to establish a love of learning at Queensbury for a range of subjects to help with their option choices at the end of year 8.
Students at Queensbury have three years to complete Key Stage 4 where they spend the extra time in addition to the guided learning hours of a course to further develop the necessary subject specific and study skills so they are GCSE ready but also to deepen their passion for the subject. Students all take English Language and Literature, Mathematics and Science. Most take Combined Science worth two GCSEs whilst some take Triple Science. In addition to this, they all follow core Physical Education and Life Skills programmes to develop their understanding of personal, social, health and economic issues which will help them be prepared for the rest of their life. As part of this they will also have many opportunities to receive careers guidance including engagement with employers that will give them the aspirations needed to be successful.
Students have 1-1 support and a programme of taster sessions to help them make an informed choice when they choose four further subject options. The aim is to help personalise the curriculum experience and give more opportunities for success.
The curriculum experience we can offer in the sixth form is very strong as we are in collaboration with Manshead School. This means that there are a greater range of subjects that can be offered due to students from both institutions being able to make classes viable for some less popular subjects which some smaller schools would not be able to do.
At Queensbury Academy, the pastoral care of our students is organised through the House system. Each House has a series of tutor groups containing a small number of students from each year group that builds a strong sense of community allows older students to support younger students in a variety of ways. In tutor time we have a SEAL programme (Social and Emotional aspects of Learning). This helps develop the whole child to make them more resilient in school but also later in life.
Queensbury Academy offers a fantastic and ever-expanding range of extra-curricular and enrichment opportunities to suit the interests and develop the talent and potential of all students. Such clubs foster and develop the character of our students by improving their resilience, communication and team work skills.
Clubs run at lunchtime or after school include orchestra, choir, girls and boys football, fitness club in our Academy gym, netball, basketball, chess and many more subject specific clubs that enrich and expand on the learning from lessons.
There are also experiences that happen outside of the school day such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award, residential trips to Europe, and trips in England that extend a student’s classroom learning.
This curriculum provision means that students can make good progress through the Academy but also beyond it as students find it helps them get on to their chosen University course, College place or apprenticeship that in turn puts them on the successful career path they have been aspiring to follow.
For further information, please access the KS3 and KS4 curriculum information evening booklets in the information menu on the website.