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Curriculum Statement 2016-2017


Our aim is to provide a broad and balanced curriculum, focused on maximising student potential and progress that allows all students to flourish and be the best they can become.


On starting at Tarleton Academy every student is allocated a Personal Tutor and is placed into a tutor group. These tutor groups contain students from every year group and each group is a member of one of four houses; Daley, Ennis, Farah and Wiggins. Each house is led by a Head of House and also has a dedicated Personal Development Manager (a non teacher dedicated to well being support). Year 7 have their own dedicated Personal Development Manager. Tutors and the Head of House, together with our Head of Learning Support and Assistant Head with responsibility for Able, Gifted and Talented (AGT) provision ensure cross subject overview, interrogation and intervention on progress and learning matters for individuals.


Current Key Stage 3 (Year 7 – 9)


In Year 7 and 8 students are taught in shared groupings for English, Science, Modern Languages (Spanish or German), History, Geography, ICT and PE. In Maths, Year 7 students are initially taught in mixed ability groups until after the October half term and then move into ability sets once we know them better. Another group of subjects is taught on a carousel basis which includes RE, Food Technology, Art & Design, Music and Drama. These subjects are taught in rotation in slightly smaller groups. In Years 7 & 8 a small number of students work together on an enhanced curriculum for their English, Science, Geography, History, ICT and MFL focused on developing Literacy and learner confidence. 


In Year 9 students are taught in shared groupings for English, History, Geography, RE, ICT, German and PE. In Maths and Science students are taught in ability sets and are introduced to the GCSE curriculum. In addition to this Year 9 students can choose to streamline their curriculum further with 2 options from Art & Design, Computing, Drama, Food Technology, Music and Spanish as a ‘taster year’ before their final options in Year 10.


Current Key Stage 4


All students study English Language and Literature, Maths and Science leading to GCSE qualifications. A significant proportion of students take 3 separate Sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) within their core subject time. All students take PE and have the option to take this as a GCSE examination or be assessed for a Btec qualification. Students choose at least 1 GCSE option from Geography, German, History and/or Spanish from the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) suite of subjects and up to 2 further GCSE options from either the EBacc subjects listed above and/or Art & Design, Computing, Drama, Food Technology, ICT, Music and RE.


All Years


All students in Key Stages 3 and 4 study Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Careers Education (PHSCE) on 5 collapsed curriculum days throughout the year. At Key Stage 4 this includes elements of Religious Education.

Dance is available as an extra-curricular activity in Years 7 & 8 and as an extra-curricular GCSE option with Years 9 – 11.

We will undertake a Curriculum Review on an annual basis that will take into account Government legislation and the views of students, parents, Governors and staff.


Please contact the General Office should you wish to make an appointment

to discuss any aspect of the curriculum further.