About the Curriculum

Students follow a broad, balanced curriculum. Our curriculum is designed and personalised to meet the needs of all our students. The delivery of the curriculum uses a variety of learning methods where the students participate in a wide range of activities and are encouraged to be more than simply passive observers.

In order to match work to students’ need, and to accelerate progress, we employ a mixture of mixed ability and setted groupings. This means that students are placed in groups dependent on their ability to access the curriculum.

In English and mathematics students are setted in all year groups. For Year 7 this is done primarily through the use of KS2 data. In all other year groups the setting is based upon the ongoing regular formal and informal assessment that occurs throughout the year.

In science students are placed in mixed ability groupings for Years 7 and 8. Once the students move in to Year 9 to Year 11 these groupings become setted. These sets are based on the KS2 data and the formal and informal assessment that has occurred over Year 7 and 8.

In the modern foreign language subjects (French and German) students are placed in half year groups where they will either study French or German for all of Years 7, 8 and 9. The decision on which language a student takes is taken at the beginning of Year 7 and is then fixed until KS4 (Year 10). Within each half year group students are setted upon their ability. It is the academy expectation that the vast majority of the students at Nunthorpe will study a modern foreign language at GCSE and the decision on which students fall into this category is taken by the academy based on DFE guidance.

All other subjects in Years 7, 8 and 9 are taught in mixed ability groupings. Within these groups there is a nurture group available to support students who need help in accessing the academy curriculum.

Students go through the option process during Year 9 where they will be able to narrow their curriculum but increase the depth at which they study the remaining subjects. The option process is not a completely free process and students are streamed into particular pathways. The decision on the pathway a student is in is taken by the academy using guidance by the DFE.

The Sixth Form (Years 12 and 13)

Please refer to the Sixth Form section of the website for details of the courses and qualifications offered at this level.