Curriculum Intent and Vison.
At Holy Trinity Academy we aim to foster the intellectual, social, creative, physical, moral and spiritual development of all our pupils. We see each child as a unique person with a God-given individual identity. Each of us – pupil, school, home, church and the wider community – plays a vital role in realising our vision:
Faith, Unity, Aspiration
We do this by:
Educating for Wisdom, Knowledge and Skills
Educating for Hope and Aspiration
Educating for Community and Living Well together
Educating for dignity and respect.
With the shared involvement of every individual, we aspire to be a confident outward looking Christian community in which every member
- Enjoys creative, dynamic and reflective learning
- Is supported, challenged and equipped for the future
- Values and takes responsibility for themselves and others
- Relies on and builds support and lasting relationships
- Is valued by recognising and celebrating success to support the development of students’ self-worth across a wide range of skills and talents
- Has a commitment to support the poor and marginalised.
Underpinning our aim is Christian Worship. Through giving worth to God we develop spirituality, and grow up in relationships and understanding of our place in the world. In participating together, we strengthen the sense of our Christian identity. Spirituality for us is defined in our relations with:
Myself – in the past, at the moment and in the future
Others – family and friends, peers, neighbours and community
Society – local, national and global
God – who is creator, redeemer and sustained
In order to help our young people develop we believe it is essential for our pupils to explore all their talents and experience a wide range of opportunities. To this end we look to ensure our curriculum is broad, balanced, relevant and personalised.
Holy Trinity’s unique 10:10 “Life in all its fullness” project, PSHE, Collective Acts of Worship, the prayer life of the school, PSHE and British Values programmes offer further opportunities to develop Character Education rooted in Gospel values. Cultural capital is developed through the curriculum, the enrichment programme and various extra-curricular activities.
Key stage 3
All start by following a common curriculum of Religious Education, English, Maths, Science, Art, Performing Arts, Music, French, Geography, History, ICT, Product Design, Physical Education and Personal Social & Health Education. Further opportunity is given for the personalisation of the curriculum for those who require more support with literacy.
Key stage 4
Our Key Stage 4 Curriculum is broad so that pupils can experience a range of opportunities across the curriculum; balanced because it is unwise for pupils to narrow down their options before the age of 16; relevant to pupils’ individual needs and to the demands of a rapidly changing world; and personalised so that the level and type of work are suited to the ability and learning style of each individual pupil.
These are longstanding curriculum principles, which we believe will stand our pupils in good stead during the current period of great educational change. As a Faith School, it is right that all pupils take GCSE R.E. The time for P.E. recognises the importance of health and fitness in our lives. The value of the arts is recognised with the range of subjects available for students to select. It is a reflection of the global community to which they are heirs, that all pupils should study Science, providing them with the skills to flourish in a rapidly changing technological world. All students are offered the opportunity to study French and to be examined in their home modern foreign language.
Our curriculum offers flexibility and choice within a guided structure. Within this framework, which can accommodate the ‘English Baccalaurate’ predominantly our level 2 courses are GCSE, we offer BTEC courses for those who find this assessment pathway more accessible.
Our Key Stage 3 and 4 principles continue into the Sixth Form enabling clear lines of progression. The curriculum is built around subjects that complement each other. Students can study three, with some scope for four A’levels. This includes a range of facilitating subjects and specialist subjects alongside the Extended Project Qualification. We aim to give students a sense of control over their Sixth Form programme enabling a broad education offering wide choice and essential skills for a rapidly changing world.