Curriculum

At The Peak Academy

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:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Art
  • 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:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Art
  • PE (Core)

As well as 2 optional qualifications which currently include:

  • BTEC Construction
  • BTEC Sport
  • BTEC Hospitality
  • ABC Vehicle Technology
  • CACHE Childcare

Nurture

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.

English and Literacy

The development of literacy skills plays an important role in all learning.

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Maths

Mathematics is the building blocks to life and education.

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Design Technology

Design and Technology is going from strength to strength.

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Art and Design

Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity.

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Science

Education in science explodes into awareness.

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Food Technology

This course gives students the knowledge, skills and confidence to enjoy cooking meals at home.

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PE and Outdoor Education

Developing both mental and physical aspects.

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Nurture

Support for our most vulnerable students

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Pastoral

Support through an inclusive and caring learning environment.

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PHSE

This curriculum has been written by the Healthy Living and Learning team of Lead Teachers to meet the needs of all children and young people in Gloucestershire.

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SMSC

SMSC stands for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

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The Greenfield Academy

The Greenfield Academy is currently based at The Peak Academy in Dursley. Pupils from both schools are working together as Peak pupils until the new Greenfield Academy school has been built.

Academy Closure

You will receive a text message if the academy has to close for any reason.

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