A unique feature of the Chelsea Academy curriculum is that students have more teaching time than most other schools to complete their qualifications. To this end, Key Stage 4 will run from Year 9 to Year 11, so students will have two lessons per week per option in Year 9 rising to three lessons per week per option in Years 10 and 11.

Depth

A unique feature of the Chelsea Academy curriculum is that students have more teaching time than most other schools to complete their qualifications. To this end, Key Stage 4 will run from Year 9 to Year 11, so students will have two lessons per week per option in Year 9 rising to three lessons per week per option in Years 10 and 11. As a result, students are as well prepared as they can be to achieve the maximum grades possible in all of their courses.
Where students are behind in core subjects, additional Mathematics and English lessons are provided during after-school hours to ensure they have the best possible opportunity to reach grade 5s at GCSE level.
Further depth in students’ learning is achieved through our strong commitment to independent learning as a means of continuing progress outside the classroom as well as suggested reading lists to improve background knowledge.

Breadth

In Key Stage 4, students have three options across a variety of subjects, including technology, the arts, and a choice of computing qualifications, thus ensuring that a balanced variety of subjects to suit all learners is maintained.

Skills and qualifications for life

It is vital for their life chances that students do well in English and Mathematics. There is a strong focus on the core in Chelsea Academy’s curriculum, as reflected in the allocation of time to core subjects in both Key Stages 3 and 4. It is our pledge to parents to do everything in our power to ensure that students achieve minimum good passes in these qualifications.
All courses we run are recognised and valued by colleges, universities and employers, and lead on to either further study or employment. Great importance is attached to the core, including digital literacy, as these qualifications are central to students’ progression in life.

Timetable Allocation

Lessons per week per subject are allocated as follows in Key Stage 4:

Subject Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
English 5 5 6
Mathematics 5 4 6
Science* 6 6 6
RE** 2 2 0
Core PE 2 2 2
PD*** 2 0 0
Option A 2 3 3
Option B 2 3 3
Option C 2 3 3
Enrichment 1 1 0
Total 29 29 29

*A decision will be made in Year 10 about which students will work towards GCSE qualifications in the separate sciences, and which students will work towards the combined science award. As Science is our specialism, significant efforts will be made to put a high percentage of students in a position to be entered for the separate Science GCSE qualifications.

**Early entry, full course GCSE for all students in Year 10.

***Following the completion of the RE course in May, a series of PD lessons is delivered in the remaining curriculum time. Other PD input takes place through year group assemblies, sessions by visiting speakers and drop-down half days.

EBacc Policy

A broad range of GCSE subjects are offered to students, with EBacc options featuring strongly: Computer Science, Geography, History, French, Spanish, as well as the opportunity to sit GCSEs in heritage languages. The full EBacc is not a compulsory element of our curriculum, however, more able students are advised to study these facilitating subjects with a view to future study at top universities, and all students are required to study at least one EBacc subject.

Music scholars

This group of students is required to select GCSE Music as a compulsory option as stated when students applied for, and were accepted onto, the scholars programme.