Our Curriculum

Our curriculum provision offers a wide choice and a wealth of opportunities for academic and applied learning with an extended, three year Key Stage 4, and a broad and challenging offer in the Sixth Form. Our curriculum is divided into three pathways Enterprise, Endeavour, and Discovery, that set out the 11-19 learning journey students undertake while at the academy. More details of the academy’s 11-19 curriculum model can be found here. Each student’s pathway will be initially determined by their attainment on entry in Year 7, but at all points we will actively encourage students moving to higher pathways if appropriate, so that no child is ever limited in terms of what they can achieve, and we maintain the highest of expectations for all our students. At all key stages students are assessed on their attainment, progress and scholarship. Both the pastoral teams and curriculum teams monitor students’ progress and any students who are not achieving as expected receive appropriate intervention and support. Parents and carers receive a progress update each term and we hold a series of parent evenings where staff, students and parents and carers can review this progress. If there are any concerns, we welcome parents into the academy to discuss these issues with our staff who are more than willing to help.

If you would like further information about our curriculum please email us.

Key Stage 3

Years 7 and 8
At GSAS we operate a two year Key Stage 3 (years 7 and 8) with students choosing GCSE options in year 8. We have a “mastery learning” philosophy in which learning is broken down into discrete units and students are required to demonstrate they have deeply secured the learning from each unit before moving on to the next. Our aim is to identify and close gaps in core learning, and promote deep conceptual understanding at Key Stage 3 to ensure students have as successful and enriching a learning experience as possible.  We believe mastery at Key Stage 3 is key to ensuring that all students have in place the fundamental skills and knowledge building blocks to fulfil their potential at Key Stage 4 and beyond as part of their 11-19 learning journey.

Each subject has identified the key knowledge and skills students need to master in each of the three curriculum pathways at Key Stage 3: Enterprise, Endeavour, and Discover. This information is shown in the form of subject assessment grids.

Key Stage 3 subjects studied

Key Stage 3 is a two year curriculum and includes:

  • English
  • Languages (French, Spanish and Latin)
  • Maths
  • Art
  • Science
  • Computer Science
  • Music
  • P.E.
  • Humanities
  • Technology
  • Drama
  • Religious Education

Curriculum Pathways

Our curriculum is divided into three pathways Enterprise, Endeavour, and Discovery, that set out the 11-19 learning journey students undertake while at the academy.

Read/download the Curriculum Pathways

Key Stage 4

Years 9, 10 and 11
Key Stage 4 starts in Year 9. The core curriculum includes English, Maths, Science, RE and Core PE. At the end of Year 8, students and their families choose their Key Stage 4 options. Further details of all the subjects and courses offered are shown below. Students will continue to move along their curriculum pathway: Enterprise, Endeavour and Discovery to achieve a set of challenging target grades across the range of subjects they study.

Key Stage 4 subjects offered

GCSE
Art, Computer Science, Drama, Economics, English, French, Geography, History, Latin, Maths, Music, PE, Psychology, Science, Sociology, Spanish

BTEC
Business Studies, Hospitality, ICT

Key Stage 4 Subject Options

The options form provide information about how to choose KS4 options. The options booklet will provide outlines of each subject offered.

Options Form 2017-2018

Options Booklet 2017-2018

Curriculum Pathways

Our curriculum is divided into three pathways Enterprise, Endeavour, and Discovery, that set out the 11-19 learning journey students undertake while at the academy.

Read/download the Curriculum Pathways

Key Stage 5

Years 12 and 13
We offer A Levels in facilitating subjects as well as Level 3 BTECs within a personalised curriculum and across three curriculum pathways: Discovery, Endeavour and Enterprise. The timetable covers 25 hours a week; A Level students will study 4 subjects and BTEC students will take one course along with the option of taking an AS Level. In addition, students will have a vast range of opportunities to build on personal skills, taking part in mentoring, volunteering, leadership, sports and other enrichment programmes. The recently refurbished sixth form centre includes a specialised study area with access to wifi, laptops and other resources designed to meet individual student’s needs. A dedicated sixth form team, a personalised guidance programmes to support students with university applications; a sixth form committee; a wealth of opportunities to work with mentors in industry; links with corporate partners and blue chip organisations to assist with employability skills and university applications will ensure every sixth form student can springboard to success and secure a better future.

Key Stage 5 subjects offered

A Levels
Art, Bengali, Biology, Chemistry, Drama, Economics, English Literature, French, Geography, Graphics, Government and Politics, History, Maths, Photography, Physics, Sociology, Spanish

BTEC Level 3
Business

Key Stage 5 subject outlines

Information about each subject offered at Green Spring Sixth Form Shoreditch

Sixth Form subject outlines

Curriculum Pathways

Our curriculum is divided into three pathways Enterprise, Endeavour, and Discovery, that set out the 11-19 learning journey students undertake while at the academy.

Read/download the Curriculum Pathways