Academy Curriculum Overview

Academy Curriculum Overview

Curriculum Intent
Our aim is to provide an excellent education for all our students; an education, which brings out the best in all of them and prepares them for success in life. Our knowledge-rich curriculum is designed to be challenging and ambitious for all students, by ensuring that what they learn has been coherently planned and sequenced to maximize their cognitive development. By drawing on the best that’s been thought, said and done in each subject, we will ensure that our curriculum enables children to appreciate and participate in the full richness of school life and beyond.

Curriculum Time
Students are taught for 25 lessons a week- each is 60 minutes long. In addition students have a daily tutorial period (20 minutes).

Modern Foreign Languages
In Years 7 and 8, half the year group studies German and half the year group takes French. We offer both French and German at GCSE.

Key Stage 3 Setting Arrangements
Broadly, we look to have set ability groupings with some mixed ability groups where appropriate at Key Stage 3:

  Mixed Ability Classes Set Ability Classes
Year 7 Art, Drama, Technology, PE, PSHE Maths, English, Science, MFL, Geography, History, RS, Computing
Year 8 Art, Drama, Technology, PE, PSHE Maths, English, Science, MFL, Geography, History, RS, Computing


Key Stage 4 Setting Arrangements (Years 9-11)

  Mixed Ability Classes Set Ability Classes
Years 9-11 Option subjects plus Core PE English, Maths, Science


Current Key Stage 4 Option Subjects

  Option Subjects
Year 9 Art, BTEC PE, Business Studies, Computer Science, Design and Technology, Food & Nutrition, Drama, French, German, Geography, Health & Social Care, History, BTEC Music, Separate Sciences, Ethics & Religion, Study Support
Year 10 Art, BTEC PE, Business Studies, Computer Science, Design and Technology, Food & Nutrition, Drama, French, German, Geography, Health & Social Care, History, Music, Separate Sciences, RS, Study Support
Year 11 Art, BTEC PE, Business Studies, Computer Science, Design and Technology, Food & Nutrition, Drama, French, German, Geography, Health & Social Care, History, Music, Separate Sciences, RS

Move to a 3-year KS3
A decision has been made to change to a 3-year KS3. This means that the current Year 8s will not choose their GCSE options until January 2021. All Holyrood students will now choose their options in Year 9, ready to start in Year 10.

As a school, we believe that students need to experience a broad curriculum for as long as possible and research has shown that narrowing the curriculum has a negative effect on some of our students. Our aim is to provide an excellent education for all our students, which brings out the best in all of them and prepares them for success in life. In addition to this, it will allow the Academy to explore possible vocational qualifications and identify other opportunities to strengthen our existing curriculum offer.

All subjects across the curriculum are currently reviewing their programmes of study and these changes will be updated and shared on the website in September 2020. 

GCSEs and A-levels Reforms
Please click here to view the Department for Education's presentation on why GCSEs and A-levels are changing. This is essential information for parents, detailing reasons for the changes, new and revised courses, timetables for the reforms and further useful links.

Please click here to view the Department for Education's presentation (March 2017) on the actual GCSE reforms in England.

PSHE (Personal, Social, Health & Economic) Education
At Holyrood Academy, our school’s PSHE education programme is designed to support our students to thrive in a time of rapid change and be fully prepared for life beyond the classroom and and in their future lives. We aim to not simply teach students about the issues covered but believe it is vital they should have the opportunity to explore their attitudes, values and beliefs about them and to develop the skills, language and strategies necessary to manage these issues should they encounter them in their lives.

The PSHE Curriculum is organised into three core strands: Health and Wellbeing; Relationships and Living in the Wider World.

The programme in each year group develops prior learning and topics are contextualised for the relevant Key Stage.

Useful Links

Contact Details

01460 260100

If you require any information in an alternative format, please contact the Academy on 01460 260100

Holyrood Academy Zembard Lane, Chard,
Somerset, TA20 1JL

Holyrood Academy is a part of the Uffculme Academy Trust (UAT). UAT is a Company Limited by Guarantee registered in England and Wales number 07338835 and an Exempt Charity.
Registered address: Chapel Hill, Uffculme, Devon EX15 3AG