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If you have any questions about our curriculum please contact:


Mrs Coley, Assistant Headteacher (SENCO, Curriculum and Provision Lead)


The Ashwood Academy Curriculum Statement

What's in our curriculum?

Key stage 3 


Following their induction, key stage 3 (KS3) learners are expected to follow the full timetable. As well as English, maths and science, KS3 learners study: PSHE (which includes relationship and sex education), ICT, humanities (to include history, geography and religious education), food technology, art, music, drama, PE and topic (which includes emotional well-being, first aid and religious education). 


The aim of the Academy is to fully reintegrate KS3 learners into mainstream or special school within a specific period of time, as agreed on referral and dependent on individual needs of the learner.


Key stage 4


Following their induction, key stage 4 (KS4) learners are expected to follow the full timetable, unless they are completing extended work experience.


Each individual is prepared for reintegration back to mainstream or special school, further education, employment or training by aiming to complete a minimum of 5 qualifications (to include English, maths and science) and being given careers guidance. The KS4 curriculum is designed to give students the knowledge, skills and qualifications they need in order to be successful in their next steps.


KS4 learners study a wide range of subjects alongside English, maths and science. These include: ASDAN (to include health and well-being, citizenship and religious education), citizenship (Y11), health and social care (Y10), travel and tourism (Y10) and business studies (Y11) or art, ICT, food, Arts Award, humanities (to include history and geography), PE, PSHE (which includes relationship and sex education and first aid) and topic (which includes emotional well-being and religious education).


Year 11 learners who are referred to the Academy can continue with their core and option subjects, with support from the referring school, if necessary. The Academy provides study support to ensure learners do not fall behind in subjects that are not timetabled.


You can view our KS3, Y10 and Y11 curriculum maps here (please note these are subject to change):




Artsmark is the only creative quality standard for schools and education settings, accredited by Arts Council England. Artsmark provides a flexible framework to help schools embed arts, culture and creativity across their whole curriculum, celebrating their commitment to cultural education. 


The Ashwood Academy is working towards their ArtsMark certification.


Rights Respecting School Award

The Rights Respecting Schools Award puts children’s rights at the heart of schools in the UK.

The UK Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK) works with schools in the UK to create safe and inspiring places to learn, where children are respected, their talents are nurtured and they are able to thrive. 

The Ashwood Academy currently holds Bronze: Rights Committed and is working towards Silver: Rights Aware