Academies have curriculum flexibility in order to better match the curriculum to the needs of their students. Given the national educational reforms, the programme of study for students at Colyton is changing. Years 7 & 8 still complete Key Stage 3 in two years. Current Year 10 (2015-16) have completed a two year Key Stage 4 and are going on to a three year A-level programme, as has been the case with previous year groups. However, current Year 9 students and future students will complete a three year Key Stage 4 programme and a traditional two year Sixth Form.
In Key Stage 3, students will follow the full range of National Curriculum subjects. At Key Stage 4/GCSE, there is sufficient flexibility of choice to meet individual interests whilst maintaining balance.
Beyond GCSE, students study four subjects to A (Advanced) Level, as well as AS qualifications in Critical Thinking and General Studies. They also complete an Extended Project and are entered for the AQA English Baccalaureate Diploma.
Key Stage 3
Key Stage 4
The new Year 9 students commencing September 2016, will also follow a compulsory humanities course in either History or Geography.
Key Stage 5
All students follow the AQA Baccalaureate which involves studying a minimum of three A-levels, AS General Studies/Critical Thinking, completing a 5,000 word extended research project and the AQA on-line enrichment diary, in which they can detail the extra curricular activities.
Phase Two subjects were introduced in September 2015, and are presently being studied by our Year 12 students. They are Drama, Geography, Music, Modern Foreign Languages, Physical Education and Religious Education.
The Government has also ended the modular structure which allowed unit resits, and coursework for most (excluding Art and Design) has been removed or much reduced.