Curriculum & Faculty Overviews
The academy follows the National Curriculum.
In the Lower School, students are often taught in mixed ability groupings. The advantages of mixed ability groupings are that students have the opportunity to learn about differences, students learn to work together, and learn from each other. It supports students to consolidate their learning and develop their mentoring skills. Students with lower prior attainment are exposed to higher thinking and problem solving. It is part of the academy’s fervent belief in the highest expectations for all. Differentiation ensures that all groups are challenged and supported.
Ability setting is deployed within English, Science and Maths due to the adoption of a mastery model and the spiral nature of their subject curricula.
In the Upper school, all students continue with the essential core curriculum of English, Maths, Science, and Physical Education; most students will also continue to study at least one other ‘English Baccalaureate’ subject. They are also able to select freely from a wide range of options. We have increased the focus on Sport and Fitness in response to the context of both the local area and the national issue of poor mental health and obesity. We have dedicated 4 hours per fortnight to the teaching of physical education to enable students to stay active and with the aim that they stay involved in sport and fitness long after they have left school. As a result, in the Upper School all young people can complete a qualification in BTEC Sport, should they wish. For similar reasons, Character and Culture remains a key priority in the academy’s curriculum model.
In the Upper School students are taught in ability groupings within their core subjects. Where possible and/or appropriate, students are also taught in ability groupings within their option subjects. However, due to student numbers, this is not always possible.
We offer all the traditional academic subjects the current government classes as part of the ‘English Baccalaureate’ such as Humanities, Modern Foreign Languages and Computer Science. Furthermore, students can choose from the Expressive and Creative Arts and a variety of vocational options appropriate to employment opportunities in our local context. This includes Engineering, Health and Social Care, Catering, and Leisure and Tourism.
Please click for the OAT Curriculum Statement (2022)
For more information regarding Cliff Park Ormiston Academy’s curriculum, please read our Curriculum Statement of Intent (2022) that has been recently reviewed.
SMSC, PSHE and CIAEG
Whilst all subject areas provide opportunities to promote SMSC, PSHE, CEIAG, SRE, RS and British Values by covering important topics such as The Holocaust and abortion, we have also introduced lessons across all year groups in order to provide dedicated Social Moral Spiritual Cultural (SMSC), Personal Social Health Economic (PSHE), Sex Relationships Education (SRE), Religious Studies (RS) and CEIAG education.
Pupils are encouraged to have a say in the life of the academy and to contribute to the wider society through the academy’s active Student Voice and Leadership activities programme.
The academy has embraced The Gatsy Benchmarks and all our students are able to gain experience of the world of work through careers events, visits and a variety of workshops. Some form of work experience and/or work shadowing is offered to all students in Years 8 and 10. We have an external Careers Advisor and a growing number of partnerships with local colleges, businesses and other organisations such as the UEA. For more information, please visit our Careers Education page.
Enrichment And The Co-Curriculum
We believe that learning outside the classroom and beyond the academy timetable is indispensable. We provide our students with a wide range of experiences, including the D of E and a variety of fitness and sporting activities through our extensive Learning Programme, to enable them to enjoy and value a healthy lifestyle.
Students are also given the opportunity to take part in enrichment activities after school. Some examples of the opportunities available include first aid, cookery, roller skating and expressive arts. Each year, a drama production is presented by the students of the academy and our students regularly perform in local and national events, including Latitude and Wembley Arena.
Upper School Qualifications and Examination Board Information
Click for information regarding our Upper School Qualifications and Examination Boards (2021-22)