We offer an innovative curriculum based on academic and practical GCSE subjects, combining setting and mixed ability groups.
The statutory 25 hours per week has the option of being extended due to our 2:30pm finish, with extra-curricular clubs or by using our compulsory Period 7 initiative. The Period 7 initiative works with small groups of students, particularly in Key Stage 4, across the curriculum focusing on areas identified after the assessment periods.
In Key Stage 3 we deliver our enrichment curriculum, where we emphasise the fun in learning. Students get to spend an afternoon studying a variety of topics such as cooking, woodwork, team sports, mountain biking, skiing, water sports, horticulture and computer programming.
In Year 7 we have our “Rise and Read” strategy to improve literacy and develop the love of reading. For two days of the week, students in Year 7 start earlier and have reading sessions with a teaching member of staff. This is done in form groups and in smaller targeted groups for intense intervention.
Students are expected to make options choices in Year7 and Year 8 across a range of practical and arts based subjects. In Year 9 they will choose from the same subjects but this will be taught as a GCSE taster option. In Year 9 it is also compulsory to select an Ebacc option from History, Geography, French, German and Computer Science.
At BBG Academy we deliver GCSE option subjects in one year, which means our students gain qualifications at the end of Year 10. This has been successful in our other Trust schools as it allows students to focus and master subjects, while having more choices to make in Year 11.
As a Multi-Academy Trust, we place a strong emphasis on marking and feedback to ensure that each student is fully included and challenged. Regular and consistent assessment and examination periods, with external moderation, determine intervention and movement between groups.
Differentiated teaching ensures our high performers and those with needs benefit from comprehensive intervention strategies and receive additional support, stretch and challenge from teaching and non-teaching staff