At GWA we believe in providing a broad and balanced curriculum with a strong emphasis on literacy, numeracy and enterprise skills.
In addition we understand the benefits of promoting the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils Religious Education, Physical Education and PSHCE, encompassing Careers Education (delivered through our ‘Successful Lives’ programme).
To help prepare pupils for life in a rapidly changing society, the curriculum aims to develop knowledge, skills and understanding in key subject areas. Lessons are planned to impart knowledge and develop skills and then allow for practical application and extension of this new learning. The current curriculum structure reflects these and other important principles as set out in the School’s Curriculum Policy.
The School operates a one-week timetable for all pupils. There are 25 hours teaching time to be spread across each of the different National Curriculum subjects. Each day lessons are organised in 6×50-minute slots. Some subjects are taught in 50-minute slots, such as Mathematics and Modern Foreign Languages. Others are taught in combinations of 50-minute and 100-minute slots, with practical subjects generally preferring the double session of 100 minutes
Computing is taught through Mathematics and focuses on programming and coding, whilst ICT is delivered across the curriculum through use of 2-in-1 laptop devices assigned to all staff and students for use in all lessons. This helps to better ensure the practical application of ICT packages to develop research, communication, presentation, creativity and problem solving skills.
Key Stage 3: (Years 7 - 8)
GWA has planned a two year Key Stage 3, with most students in most subjects projected to start their Key Stage 4 studies in year 9. However, we are sensitive to the needs and abilities of our cohort and will continue to develop our curriculum model to support and inspire learners so that it evolves with them as they grow into young adults.
Subjects taught at Key Stage 3 include:
Core Subjects: English, Mathematics, Science.
Foundation Subjects: - Art & Design, Computing, Dance, Drama, Design & Technology, Modern Foreign Languages, Geography, History, Music, Physical Education, Religious Studies
Key Stage 4: (Years 9 - 11)
GWA has planned a three year Key Stage 4 for most students, beginning in Year 9.
Core Subjects: English, Mathematics, Science,
Foundation Subjects: A full range of GCSE and vocational Level 2 qualifications including Art & Design, Computing, Dance, Drama, Design & Technology, Modern Foreign Languages, Geography, History, Music, Physical Education, Religious Studies.
Key Stage 5: (Years 12 - 13)
We will open our Sixth Form in 2019.
A broad range of A-Level and Level 3 vocational courses will be offered, some in conjunction with New College. See Sixth Form pages for further details of how to be a part of Swindon’s newest post-16 provision.