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The Marlborough Science Academy

Our Curriculum

Marlborough students in school; happy learning and making exceptional progress


Curriculum Intent

Our curriculum at Marlborough is a dynamic, carefully crafted and student centred provision that we believe prepares our students well to meet the rigours of adulthood and employment with confidence, dignity and emotional intelligence.

One size does not fit all and our curriculum pathways are designed to:

  • Stretch and challenge all abilities.
  • Offer breadth and balance.
  • Inspire the sense of awe and wonder that makes teaching exciting and learning effortless.
  • Respond to an increasingly technological world.
  • Keep students safe.
  • Ensure all students are prepared to follow their dreams whatever level they are working at.
  • Offer enrichment and creative activities that compliment and support learning as well as opening up the world and the opportunities travel and learning can provide.
  • Ensure that all students have respect for themselves and others within a multicultural society.
  • Give students opportunities to express themselves intelligently and with regard for good manners and the law.

The curriculum is never ‘done’, it is reviewed annually in light of our cohorts and statutory requirements. We will always choose the right courses and means of assessment with our students’ best interests at heart; we will never stand still.

Key Stage 3 

The curriculum at The Marlborough Science Academy is designed to be broad and balanced in line with the National Curriculum, legislation on the teaching of Philosophy and Ethics, Citizenship and non-statutory guidance on Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHCEE). Philosophy and Ethics is taught throughout the school using the Hertfordshire County agreed syllabus.

At Key Stage 3 our curriculum consists of four different curriculum pathways in order to provide a more personalised approach and meet the needs of all our students. The four pathways are:

  • The main curriculum
  • Rapid progress curriculum
  • Enhanced learning curriculum
  • Fast track curriculum
  2019-20
  Year 7 Year 8
  Periods % Periods %
English 7 14% 7 14%
Mathematics 7 14% 7 14%
Science 6 12% 6 12%
Art 3 6% 3 6%
Drama 2 4% 2 4%
Geography 3 6% 3 6%
History 3 6% 3 6%
Computer Science 2 4% 2 4%
Languages 5 10% 5 10%
Music 2 4% 2 4%
Physical Education 4 8% 4 8%
PSHCEE 1 2% 1 2%
Philosophy and Ethics 1 2% 1 2%
Technology 4 8% 4 8%
TOTAL 50 100% 50 100%

PSHCEE is taught through one discrete lesson each cycle at Key Stage 3 and mapped across the curriculum at Key Stage 4, with the addition of some PSHCEE days.

We examine each cohort of students in turn and adapt our curriculum accordingly to meet the needs of the individuals.

 

RAPID PROGRESS

The Rapid Progress students’ curriculum is designed to enable students to catch up and make rapid progress in their literacy and numeracy skills and to enable them to fully access the Secondary curriculum. As a result students do not take a Modern Foreign Language and have a reduced Humanities provision over the Key Stage. 

 

Enhanced Learning

The Enhanced Learning students have enhanced learning in English which is designed to boost literacy levels and further develop confidence and self - esteem. As a result students do not take a Modern Foreign Language.

 

FASt track

Our Fast Track course is designed to stretch the more able. There is a Fast Track group in English, Mathematics and Science.

key STAGe 4 

At Key Stage 4 our curriculum consists of four different curriculum pathways. All students in Years 9, 10 and 11 study English Language and Literature, Mathematics, Science, Philosophy and Ethics, Sport, Citizenship, PSHCEE and Careers (taught through the curriculum).

In addition students on the:

  • Atom Curriculum follow the English Baccalaureate and are able to choose four more subjects including Humanities, a language plus two further subjects.
  • Electron Curriculum are able to opt to follow the English Baccalaureate. They are able to choose three other subjects; either a humanities or language option, plus two further subjects.
  • Proton Curriculum are able to choose three more subjects including a Humanities subject, plus two further subjects.
  • Neutron Curriculum follow a study support programme to develop their life skills and support them with their learning. They will also take the BTEC ICT course, plus two further subjects.

The key stage 4 curriculum structure that is currently in place is:

  2019-20
  Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
  Periods % Periods % Periods %
English 8 (10) 16% 8 (10) 16% 8 (10) 16%
Mathematics 7 (10) 14% 7 (10) 14% 7 (10) 14%
Science 10 20% 10 20% 10 20%
Physical Education 4 8% 4 8% 4 8%
PSHCE and Careers CC* 0% CC* 0% CC* 0%
Philosophy and Ethics 1 2% 1 2% 1 2%
Option 1 5 10% 5 10% 5 10%
Option 2 5 10% 5 10% 5 10%
Option 3 5 10% 5 10% 5 10%
Option 4 5 (*) 10% 5 (*) 10% 5 (*) 10%
TOTAL 50 100% 50 100% 50 100%

NB: CC* – Cross Curricular and discrete days

(10) (*) Students on the Electron, Proton and Neutron curriculum have 10 lessons of English and Mathematics per cycle and as a result do not take a fourth option.

Optional Subjects include:

Art and Design

French

Art and Design: Textiles Design

Geography

Business Studies

Graphic Design

Child Development

Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy

Classical Civilization

History

Computer Science

ICT

Construction

Media Studies

Dance

Music

Drama

Philosophy and Ethics

Engineering

Physical Education

Food and Nutrition

Spanish

Click here for the 2019-2020 Curriculum Offer booklet 

Key stage 5 

We organise our curriculum in conjunction with our learning partners; St Albans Girls School, Loreto, Townsend and Samuel Ryder.

Students can follow a programme of Level 3 study. Courses are offered both at Marlborough and at our learning partners’ schools.  All students study a core curriculum which includes Sport, Games, Careers, PSHCEE and a Leadership for Life programme.

Students can study up to four subjects which are a combination of advanced level or advanced vocational qualifications:

Art and Design

Food Technology

Philosophy and Ethics

Biology

French

Photography

Business Studies

Further Mathematics

Physical Education

Chemistry

Geography

Physics

Classical Civilisation

German

Politics

Computer Science

History

Psychology

Dance

Information Technology

Sociology

Design and Technology - Product Design

Law

Spanish

Drama

Mathematics

Sport Development, Coaching and Fitness

Economics

Media Studies

Theatre Studies

English Literature

Music

Textiles Technology

Film Studies

Performing Arts  

These courses may vary from year to year.

Click here for the 2020 Post 16 Options booklet