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. As part of our fierce commitment to inclusivity, we also run a separate department, Nurture, for pupils who are not yet able to access main teaching and learning.
All pupils in school experience 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 identify 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 exercises; problem solving in lessons; team games; and residential activities.
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, the development of an individual’s self-esteem, and opportunities to experience success in the process of learning.
This department focuses strongly on the six principles of nurture.
- Pupils’ learning is understood developmentally.
- The classroom offers a safe base.
- Nurture is important for the development of self esteem.
- Language is understood as a vital means of communication.
- All behaviour is communication.
- Transitions are significant in the lives of children.
Key Stage 3
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 or knowledge in all subjects, with particular focus on English and 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
Key Stage 4
Upon entering KS4, pupils are focusing on building the knowledge and skills in order to complete GCSEs 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 GCSEs (or equivalent) grade 9-1 by the time they leave the school.
Within the KS4 curriculum, pupils will study:
- PE (Core)
- Food Technology
As well as two optional qualifications, which currently include:
- BTEC Construction
- BTEC Sport
- BTEC Hospitality
- ABC Vehicle Technology
- CACHE Childcare