Sirius Academy North Curriculum Principles
The curriculum at Sirius Academy North aims to provide a balanced, deeply rich education for students to be successful in their lives beyond the Academy. We aim to provide a solid academic foundation which accesses students to the wider skills needed to succeed.
We are committed to a wide education building knowledge and skills in a broad range of practical and vocational domains. Students develop in Creative Arts, IT, Sport and Technology and prepare themselves well for their lives in the 21st century.
Our curriculum is tailor made to develop students to be respectful, resilient and tolerant with an understanding of self and the wider world. We celebrate the individual, their academic and interpersonal growth. We have an Academy that operates as a product of its community, reflecting the attitudes and needs of the area we serve.
A model where students leave the Academy well rounded, with a moral compass, having been exposed to new horizons with a view to develop students into global citizens.
The curriculum has been founded through extensive consultation with: parent carers, students, employers, governors and staff. This has resulted in a collegiate approach to developing a curriculum unique to the needs of our students and the Academy.
Features of the Curriculum
Academic Thinkers - Developing Knowledge
- An emphasis on English, Mathematics and Science throughout the year groups.
- A higher than national average EBACC entry emphasising high expectations.
- Curriculum Road-maps which emphasise high expectations, challenge, inspiration and ‘the best that has been thought and said’ in each subject area.
- A 3 year KS3 to allow students the longest possible time to gain the broadest education possible.
- A focus on reading and literacy for all students at all levels and need.
- Access to suitable curriculum adaptation based upon individual need, e.g. T Pathway Curriculum or entry level certificates.
- KS4 academic pathways open to all. All students will study Mathematics, English Literature and Language and Science. Humanities, Languages and triple Science are open to all.
Skilled Practitioners Giving students the practical knowledge and skills to succeed
- An emphasis on the Creative Arts, IT, Sport and Technology in KS3. Time for these subjects have been expanded.
- The option to study practical courses at KS4 has expanded. Students have access to 10 practical based subjects.
- PE is taught throughout the curriculum with access to GCSE and BTEC Sport.
- All students will complete certification in practical IT.
- All students will complete certification in Financial Awareness.
- All students will complete an Employability Passport which builds the knowledge of employment opportunities and the personal skills needed for employment. The passport runs from Year 6 to Year 11.
- Individual access to alternative curriculum based upon specific need through partnerships.
- A focus on 21st century skills throughout subject roadmaps.
- An attitude to learning programme which emphasises key personal skills such as presentation.
- A focus on respect throughout the Academy. Increased provision for PHSE, SMSC and
- British Values through specified lessons, bespoke provision, unique activities, enrichment, assembly and tutor time.
- A full SRE and RE offer.
- A unique offer of intervention and enrichment before and after school.
- Enrichment opportunities, which broaden horizons.
- A unique offer of yearly visits aimed at widening the opportunities of students, e.g. Year 7 countryside studies.
- A pastoral award scheme, which focuses on enriching cultural capital.
- Competition which covers a broad range of skills, e.g. poetry/writing competitions/ performance/political campaigning/ engineering.
- A full range of sporting teams and competition, which emphasises teamwork and resilience.
- Language certification for all, which promotes cohesion.
- A focus on mental health awareness and student/staff well being.