Our curriculum

The academy’s curriculum aims to meet the individual needs of each student to ensure that they make exceptional progress during their time here. As well as varied and exciting lessons, the academy offers a wide range of support opportunities as part of the ‘Out of Hours’ provision.

Shortly after entry to the academy, students are divided into sets based on a variety of cognitive ability tests covering English, maths, and science and our knowledge of students’ individual abilities and needs.

  • Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9) A broad curriculum is taught which includes: English, mathematics, science, design technology, computer science, history, geography, religious education, French, Spanish, physical education, art, music, and drama. In the spring term of Year 9, students will choose the subjects they wish to take at Key Stage 4.
  • Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11) A broad suite of subjects at GCSE, Level 2 BTEC and Level 2 Cambridge Technical Award are offered. Students can choose from these subjects, in addition to continuing to study English, mathematics, science, and core physical education. Students are guided to choose subjects in which they have already shown good progress and to consider other subjects that are on first offer at Key Stage 4.

Our personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) programme supports the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of students. The programme aims to develop students’ self-esteem and emotional and mental wellbeing through a focus on their personal development. The programme facilitates students’ understanding of positive relationships with themselves, their peers, and their wider community. Students are taught British values through our tutorial programme, incorporating external professional speakers, academy ethos, assemblies and our general high expectations of them.

Students in Years 7 to 10 are supported with five hours per week dedicated to the PSHE curriculum, delivered by our dedicated tutor teams in each year group. Students in Year 11 receive one hour a week of PSHE to accommodate the delivery of core subject intervention sessions.

To find out more about Heartlands Academy’s curriculum, please feel free to contact our Heads of Department or your child’s learning manager. Details of which can be found at: [Meet the Heartlands Team].

Curriculum Policy

Year 9 options

The number of lessons taught in each subject per week for Key Stage 3 and 4 are shown in the tables below:

Key Stage 3

SubjectNo. of lessons per-weekContact
Design Technology1matthew.vardy@e-act.org.uk
French1 in Year 7,
2 in Years 8 & 9
Geography1 in Year 7,
2 in Year 8,
1 in Year 9
History2 in Year 7,
1 in Year 8,
2 in Year 9
Information Technology1shahilla.nawaz@e-act.org.uk
Physical Education2jake.upton@e-act.org.uk
Religious Education1naheed.hussain@e-act.org.uk

Key Stage 4

SubjectNo. of lessons per-weekContact

Core subjects

Combined Science5syed.hussain@e-act.org.uk
Physical Education2jake.upton@e-act.org.uk

Options subjects

Business Studies2aikeel.raza@e-act.org.uk
Design & Technology2matthew.vardy@e-act.org.uk
Fine Art2gemma.bailey@e-act.org.uk
Health & Social Care2shafaquat.hussain@e-act.org.uk
Hospitality & Catering2lydia.chattaway@e-act.org.uk
Information Technology2shahilla.nawaz@e-act.org.uk
Religious Studies2naheed.hussain@e-act.org.uk
Sports Studies2jake.upton@e-act.org.uk
Triple Science2syed.hussain@e-act.org.uk

KS4 course specifications

In order to support your son/daughter in their examination preparation, please find links below to the specifications which are studied in each subject:
SubjectExam boardSpecification
Art & DesignOCRocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse/art-and-design-j170-j176-from-2016
Business StudiesPearsonqualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-enterprise-qualifications.html
Design & TechnologyWJECeduqas.co.uk/qualifications/design-and-technology-gcse
English LanguageEdexcelqualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/english-language-2015.html
English LiteratureEdexcelqualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/english-literature-2015.html
Health & Social CarePearsonqualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-firsts/health-and-social-care-2012-nqf.html
Hospitality & CateringWJECeduqas.co.uk/qualifications/hospitality-and-catering-level-1-2
Religious StudiesAQAaqa.org.uk/subjects/religious-studies/gcse/religious-studies-a-8062
Sport StudiesCambridgeocr.org.uk/qualifications/cambridge-nationals/sport-studies-level-1-2-j803-j813

Curriculum plans for each subject

You can view the curriculum overview (intent statements) by clicking on the links below:
ArtBusiness StudiesComputing
Design & TechnologyDramaEnglish
FrenchGeographyHealth & Social Care
HistoryHospitality & CateringMathematics
MusicPhysical EducationReligious Studies

High level plans

You can view the Key Stage 3 and 4 high level (long term plans) for each subject by clicking on the links below:
ArtBusiness StudiesComputing
Design & TechnologyDramaEnglish
FrenchGeographyHealth & Social Care
HistoryHospitality & CateringMathematics
MusicPhysical EducationReligious Studies
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