Key Stage 3

At Serlby Park Academy we have a well-constructed curriculum, tailored to meet the needs of our learners and address social disadvantage on many levels. We follow a 3-year Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9) and then a 2-year Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11). At the end of Year 9, students pick subjects that they will study in Years 10 and 11 and they complete those subjects by the end of Year 11.

Our curriculum offer is adapted to meet individual needs where appropriate and therefore offers a range of pathways, which we believe broaden rather than narrow the offer at different points during the five-year journey. This is essential to overcome social disadvantage and remove the barriers our pupils face. At Serlby Park we are passionate about delivering our learners the qualifications, skills and qualities required to be socially mobile. The focus of our curriculum model is to ensure that each student achieves a broad and rounded exposure to all aspects of learning but with an unrelenting desire to achieve the results they need to succeed.

Throughout Key Stage 3 our intent is to ensure that all students can develop a rich and full knowledge base which will benefit them in later years. This is done through participation in an extensive broad range of subjects including music, the arts, physical education, languages, humanities, science and of course maths and English. Where a student joins the academy with lower-than-expected levels in maths or English, support in these subjects is provided both within the curriculum and through additional measures. Bespoke intervention is offered to each student and may incorporate a variety of numeracy and literacy boosting tools.

As a through school, we work closely with our primary colleagues to ensure the pace of progress is maintained as students transition from KS2 to KS3 so that no time is wasted. We aim to avoid duplication of content, instead building on prerequisite knowledge taught in KS1 and KS2. Our curriculum is well sequenced to aid the students learning and with the implementation of our well-structured lessons with interleaving of content and knowledge.

All students are also encouraged to participate in extra-curricular activities through our ‘Colours’ program. This requires every student to take an active role in the school and local community. We ask them to take part in charity events, artistic productions, outward bound courses, residentials and sporting events as well as a range of subject based activities. Our 3-year KS3 gives students the opportunities to embark on cultural development. Through memorable experiences over the 3 years students develop an appreciation for many different cultural opportunities.