The ultimate goal of Chellaston Academy’s five/seven-year curriculum is to create well rounded 21st Century global citizens that are able to adapt to a changing world.  All students, regardless of their starting point, ability or social background will be prepared for transition into the next stage of their lives.

We want our students to be good citizens, good employees, good partners and good role models for future generations.

Our Curriculum provides opportunities for students to experience a broad and balanced range of subjects, enriched with wider opportunities to develop the skills and knowledge that will enable them to be successful in an ever-changing world.

Throughout their journey with us, students are supported with the choices they make. We promote the value of a range of courses at Key Stage 4 and 5, including academic and vocational courses, which enable them to continue their personal journey beyond Chellaston Academy.

Curriculum Implementation

At Key Stage 3, our Curriculum is shaped by the National Curriculum. It is a three- year curriculum with a full range of subjects being taught to all students. Our subject-specific Learning Journeys set out a scheme of learning which is ambitious and sequenced to ensure that students secure a breadth of knowledge and skills.

In the spring term of Year 9, our Pathways process begins. Students are fully supported as they choose subjects to study in addition to core Maths, English Language, English Literature and Science.

At Key Stages 4 and 5, our curriculum offers a range of subjects, both academic and vocational. Our offer is carefully planned to reflect our local context and the destinations of our Alumni. As such, it is frequently reviewed. Students are supported in their choices by a careers programme which is delivered in Personal Development lessons and sessions by local employers.

Our Learning Journeys are delivered through well-planned and sequenced schemes of learning which are developed by subject specialists. These schemes are supported with Knowledge Organisers which enable students to secure their knowledge of key threshold concepts and make good progress. The resourcing of the schemes of learning and teaching pedagogy are frequently reviewed to ensure students receive high quality learning experiences.

Curriculum Impact

Student outcomes at the Academy are consistently good. The Academy is over-subscribed and a popular choice for study at Key Stage 5. Students develop a broad range of knowledge which is enriched by our additional focus on the development of skills relating to the wider curriculum.  Our destinations data demonstrates that students are well prepared to enter the next stage of their journey when they leave us.

Our Alumni links and employer engagement enable us to inspire students to think about the wider opportunities that are available to them from our curriculum offer.

The Government emphasises that schools are required to ensure that key ‘British Values’ are taught in all UK schools.  The academy uses strategies within the National Curriculum and beyond to secure such outcomes for students.   The examples that follow show some of the many ways Chellaston Academy seeks to embed British values.  Details about how the Academy promotes British Values can be found in our British Values Statement here.

For further information regarding our Curriculum, please contact anitaholdgate@chellaston.derby.sch.uk