'Pupils feel widely consulted on developments and
are central in shaping the school's
mission and ethos.'Ofsted 2012
'97% of parents surveyed believe that that staff are
approachable, effective and supportive.'Parent Survey 2015
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Curriculum 2016-17

St Aidan’s Catholic Academy are continually reviewing and amending their curriculum so that it is fit for its purpose. We work on a two week timetable. Over this period all students will access 50 lessons. For more information on the courses that we offer please go to Curriculum.

Key Stage 3 – Year 7 – 8

Subject Periods per 2 week cycle Percentage
Maths 7 14%
English 7 14%
RE/PDE 6 12%
Science 5 10%
ICT 4 8%
Languages 5 10%
Art 2 4%
Design & Technology 2 4%
PE/Games 5 (Year 7 & 8) 10%
Humanities (History and Geography) 5 10%
Music 2 4%

*some students may access 3 extra English lessons a fortnight if extra support is needed.  These students will then only receive 2 lessons of languages.

Key Stage 4 – Year 9

Subject Periods per 2 week cycle Percentage
Maths 8 16%
English 8 16%
RE/PDE 6 12%
Science 6 12%
PE/Games 4 8%

Key Stage 4 – Year 10

Subject Periods per 2 week cycle Percentage
Maths 8 16%
English 8 16%
RE/PDE 6 12%
Science 9 18%
PE/Games 2 4%

Key Stage 4 – Year 11

Subject Periods per 2 week cycle Percentage
Maths 8 16%
English 8 16%
RE/PDE 6 12%
Science 10 20%
PE/Games 2 4%

 

In addition students in Key Stage 4 also study:

Subject Periods per 2 week cycle Percentage
Option 1 6 12%
Option 2 6 12%
Option 3 6 12%

Key Stage 5

All students who have not achieved a grade C (4/5) will resit the subject at GCSE in November.  As part of their 6th form curriculum they will be assigned time within a Y11 timetabled lesson to help them revise for that exam. Where this is not possible other arrangements will be made.

Work experience is run on a individual basis with students finding suitable placements; students then inform the school who authorise.  M. Hope is the coordinator for this.

Students complete 2 hours per fortnight of General RE (Unless studying it at A-Level).  This counts as part of the timetabled entitlement.

Students are also able to volunteer to help as readers for the younger students or mentor older students in the main school with their studies.