Curriculum Rationale

At De Warenne Academy we firmly believe that all children, irrespective of their starting point, are entitled to study a broad and balanced curriculum.  To this end we provide a learning experience which gives every student the opportunity to fulfil their potential and develop the all-important skills and qualities which will serve them well in later life.

We fully support the entitlement of students to study the group of qualifications known as the English Baccalaureate (EBacc): English language and literature, mathematics, combined sciences, geography or history and a modern foreign language. As a result, the vast majority of our students study these subjects throughout Key Stage Three. At Key Stage Four all students follow a curriculum which includes English language and literature, maths and combined sciences and must study at least one subject chosen from history, geography and French.

However, we do have to take into consideration the fact that on average over 50% of our Year 7 students come to us below the national standard for English and/or maths. In order to close such significant gaps we place significant curriculum focus on the delivery of these subjects.

Within the curriculum offer there is the opportunity to have additional time for English or mathematics for those who need it. We do this because further and higher education, as well as employers, require students to have achieved a good standard (GCSE grade 5 or higher) of literacy and numeracy.

In addition to this, our learning provision, the Bridge, provides a small group setting for pupils suffering from physical and emotional difficulties, and enables us to make a more bespoke curriculum offer for a number of vulnerable students.

Religious Education / SMSC

As part of our commitment to spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC), students study religious education within the academy’s Life programme. In addition to specific content delivered through the Life programme, students also experience SMSC across other curriculum areas as well as in other aspects of academy life such as tutor time and assemblies. Life lessons also promote students’ personal, social, health and citizenship (PSHCE) development and understanding.


As part of our commitment to ensuring that every student has the best possible chance of success, we use setting in the core subjects of English, maths and science and place each student in a learning group that is appropriate to their ability. These are regularly reviewed in line with our half termly data collection and reporting procedures.

Key Stage 3

During Years 7 and 8, students study a broad and balanced curriculum which includes English, maths and science. Students also study art, performing arts, ICT, design technology, food technology, geography, history, religious education and PSHE (Life) and physical education.

The majority of pupils also study French, with a smaller number following a phonics and literacy booster course.

In addition to this all Year 7 pupils have regular reading lessons using Accelerated Reader. These are timetabled throughout the week and students keep a reading record.

Students are offered an options package at the end of Year 8 and can use their experiences so far, plus their ideas on what they may want to do in the future, to make informed subject choices for future study.

Key Stage 4

Students continue to study the core subjects of English, maths and science. They also continue to have core PE lessons, which include studying for the OCR National award in sports studies. The rest of their timetable is made up of option choices which may be a combination of GCSE, OCR or BTEC qualifications. All of the qualifications students are entered for are recognised by the DFE in the list of approved qualifications for Key Stage Four. You can see a full list of the qualifications currently being delivered here:

PSHE, including Careers Advice and Guidance, is accessed through a rolling programme of timetabled lessons. This is supplemented through drop down days, tutor time activities and assemblies.

16-19 Study Programme Requirements

All of our Post 16 pathways are designed to be fully compliant and offer a challenging personalised learning programme. Every student in Years 12 and 13 studies a combination of academic and/or vocational qualifications that are linked to their future plans. In addition to this they can study the Progression Module with Leeds Beckett university and the EPQ and can gain work experience.

Students who embark on a study programme who do not yet have a grade 4 or higher in mathematics or English are required to work towards the achievement of these qualifications as part of their programme.