All pupils follow the National Curriculum at a level and a pace that is appropriate to their abilities. We offer personalised learning and our curriculum is tailored to meet individual pupils needs.
All pupils in school receive a range of teaching and learning styles with appropriate learning objectives set for all. At times and when it is felt appropriate, modifications to the curriculum may be implemented.
To successfully match pupil ability to the curriculum The Peak Academy remains committed to:
- A range of teaching and learning styles
- Differentiated learning materials
- Access to ICT and Technology
- Additional in class support
- Additional out of class support
- Enrichment and Enjoyment opportunities to stimulate and motivate learning
- Flexible groupings – including small group support work
- An innovative and supportive curriculum
- The appropriate use of rewards and sanctions
- Mentoring and counselling
- Assessment procedures that emphasise pupils’ strengths and achievements as well as identifies areas for development.
Our curriculum also includes the social and emotional aspects imperative for lifelong learning. This is delivered through the PHSE curriculum. Our school has high expectations of behaviour, attitude and effort from all pupils.
Life skills are developed through a range of curriculum activities including school council, team building, cooperation and resilience through problem solving in lessons, team games and residential activities.
All pupils entering The Peak Academy are assessed in order to identify their previous attainment. Through the improvement of any recognised holes in learning, as well as the development of skills/knowledge in all subjects, with particular focus on English & Maths, each pupils has the ability to progress onto and succeed in KS4.
Within the KS3 curriculum pupils will study:
- PE (Core)
- Design Technology
- Food Technology
Upon entering KS4 pupils are focusing on building the knowledge and skills in order to complete GCSE’s and vocational qualifications. Learning now becomes specialised and a greater depth of knowledge is developed. The aim for The Peak Academy is for all pupils to achieve 5 GCSE’s (or equivalent) grade 9-1 by the time they leave the school.
Within the KS4 curriculum pupils will study:
- PE (Core)
As well as 2 optional qualifications which currently include:
- BTEC Construction
- BTEC Sport
- BTEC Hospitality
- ABC Vehicle Technology
- CACHE Childcare
Nurture at The Peak Academy is a separate department which supports our most vulnerable young pupils who are not at the stage of being able to access the main teaching and learning at the Academy. The aim of the department is to re-engage pupils with the learning experience. There is an emphasis on promoting socially acceptable behaviour, developing positive relationships and trust, building of an individual’s self-esteem and opportunities to experience success in the process of learning.
Everest focuses strongly on the 6 principles of nurture.
(1) Pupil’s learning is understood developmentally
(2) The classroom offers a safe base
(3) Nurture is important for the development of self esteem
(4) Language is understood as a vital means of communication
(5) All behaviour is communication
(6) Transitions are significant in the lives of children
To find out more about the curriculum. Please contact the school and ask to speak to Scott Pollok – Assistant Principal.