Wherever possible the Academy offers Single Sex teaching in Year 7-11,which enable us to personlise learning and maximise achievement. We offer co-education at Post 16 in order to prepare for Univeristy, College and Life.
The curriculum offered at Haberdashers’ Aske’s Knights Academy is broad, accessible, flexible, challenging and inclusive. Students are offered choices throughout their school career in order to follow personalised learning pathways within a framework of equality of opportunity, spiritual, moral, cultural and social commitment. A “stage not age” approach enables students to take qualifications when they are ready, rather than when their age dictates they should be ready.
Students are given the opportunity to experience learning beyond the classroom and with students in all year groups through specific learning days. Residential trips and fieldwork feature in every year group.
The Sports Specialism provides students with an excellent range of physical and leadership learning experiences.
ICT is not only a ‘tool’ for learning but underpins the whole curriculum enabling collaboration and communication within local, national and global contexts.
Excellent new facilities enable all teaching and learning to take place within state of the art accommodation with specialist teaching.
Key Stage 3
Students follow a common curriculum which will facilitate transition from Key Stage 2 (KS2). Flexible setting based on KS2 SATS and NFER score results are used for all subjects. Thorough monitoring of student achievement means that sets are reviewed regularly, and where appropriate, changes made. Specific learning difficulties are identified and other special needs addressed, including those of the more able student.
From Year 8 students follow a Level 2 ICT course (AIDA) which is, for the majority of students, accredited in Year 9. This provides a full programme of major skills and practices.
In order to meet the personalised learning agenda, students spend two years in key stage 3 and three years in Key stage 4. This enables all students to take their GCSE / Vocational qualifications when they are ready. Many students are therefore able to begin post-16 courses in year 11.
Key Stage 4
In addition to the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Religious Education, Physical Education and Science, KS4 options are chosen. These are designed to provide a GCSE and vocational programme whereby the core is enriched by a choice of subjects incorporating Modern Foreign Languages, the Arts and Humanities, Technology and Business Education.
At both Key Stages Enrichment activities will be provided as part of the extended day, in a compulsory programme to broaden and enhance the learning experience. Careers Education, Enterprise Education and Citizenship is integral to all areas of the curriculum with a Work Experience placement for all students in Year 10.
Post 16 - from September 2006
Students are able to choose from a wide range of Advanced Subsidiary, Advanced Level courses and Advanced Vocational Certificate in Education and other vocational courses at Post 16 across the Federation, at either Hatcham College or Knights Academy.
Personal Social Health & Citizenship Education is compulsory throughout the 3 key stages.
Reporting and Assessment
At all stages students’ progress will be regularly assessed and reported upon to parents. Ongoing assessment is essential in developing a curriculum to suit the needs of all our students.