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John Smeaton Academy seeks to provide all pupils with exciting opportunities that build confidence, develop skills and promote academic excellence.

Our curriculum reflects that vision, providing experiences aimed at fully preparing pupils for life in modern Britain by enabling them to become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens. Our curriculum design is based on the National Curriculum, whilst retaining the flexibility necessary to respond to the needs of all pupils.

The curriculum is constantly under review, with current priorities related to increasing personalisation, so that all our pupils experience success, are healthy and safe, and are prepared to achieve economic well-being whilst having opportunities to make a positive contribution to their community. We believe all our pupils are entitled to a broad and balanced curriculum that challenges their individual abilities; is relevant to their experience and present needs; is inclusive; has application and value in the world outside the school and promotes traditional British values.

The recognition of pupils as an individual demands approaches to teaching and learning that will engage and enthuse all our young people, including those with special educational needs. Promoting high quality teaching and learning is the school’s highest priority.

Our approach to grouping is informed by the needs of our pupils and encompasses, as appropriate, mixed ability grouping as well as grouping by ability. Our broad and balanced curriculum permits pupils to experience, practise and develop a wide range of knowledge, skills, attitudes and understanding. All pupils will have a comprehensive education that will allow them to develop personal strengths and talents as well as meet new and existing statutory requirements. The curriculum supports learning throughout in the core areas of English, Mathematics and Science.

In Key Stage 3 the curriculum is designed to build on the learning experiences that children had in their primary schools. All pupils have access to PSHCEE, Expressive Arts (Art and Design, Drama and Music), the Humanities (History, Geography and Religious Education), Modern Foreign Languages (Spanish), Physical Education and Technology.

For more information about John Smeaton Academy curriculum offer, please contact Mrs C. Bailey enquires@johnsmeatonacademy.org.uk

The school is part of United Learning. United Learning comprises: UCST (Registered in England No: 2780748. Charity No. 1016538) and ULT (Registered in England No. 4439859. An Exempt Charity). Companies limited by guarantee. VAT number 834 8515 12.
Registered address: United Learning, Worldwide House, Thorpe Wood, Peterborough, PE3 6SB. Tel: 01832 864 444

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