Curriculum Overview

“If anything is certain, it is that change is certain. The world we are planning for today will not exist in this form tomorrow.”

– Phil Crosby

 

The whole functioning of Paignton Community & Sports Academy is rooted in the Aims and Objectives of the Academy.  Schemes of Work, procedures and routines, the Academy Improvement Plan and all other areas of activity, whether academic or social, should reflect these aims.  They represent the cornerstone of what we believe to be important and, as such, should be agreed by all and reviewed by school leaders on a regular basis.  However, many of the values expressed in the aims are not subject to change but reflect our basic ideals.

The curriculum is designed to provide all students with an education that is:

  • Broad

Providing experience in a wide range of subjects and in a variety of settings whilst employing a range of teaching and learning styles.

  • Balanced

Devoting an appropriate amount of time to each subject, but allowing students a degree of control over their own education.

  • Relevant

Building upon the experiences of each individual and enabling them to make sense of the world around them so that they are able to develop problem solving skills with confidence and independence.

  • Personalised

Ensuring that each individual student is provided with the experiences, challenges and necessary support to allow them to  reach their potential and celebrate their achievements.

The Academy strives to ensure that all members of its community have safe and pleasant conditions in which to work.  The atmosphere should be one which reflects commitment, tolerance, care and respect, whilst celebrating the success of those who are part of the community.

The Academy believes that it should continually develop the strongest of links with parents, partner primary schools, industry, further education and other agencies which represent the community to which we belong.

There are two Nurture Groups in Year 7 and one Nurture Group in Year 8.  These pupils are carefully integrated back into mainstream education in Year 9.

 

Please Note:

The Academy is piloting a personalized learning programme (Yalberton Project) for a select group of KS4 pupils.  Pupils on the programme follow an individual personalised curriculum.