Our students experience a broad and balanced curriculum studying a range of subjects aimed at preparing them for their next steps in education, training or employment. Our formal curriculum draws from and is in line with latest revision of the National Curriculum and enables students to choose from a range of subjects/qualifications at Key Stages 4 and 5 that match their individual aptitudes, abilities, skills and aspirations.  We also provide opportunities for students to become involved in a wide range of enrichment activities, including joining one of our many clubs/teams/groups, partaking in one of many trips and visits or becoming involved in how the Academy is run by joining the Student Council. Throughout, students gain the opportunity to develop a set of skills and attributes which will support them in their studies, careers and life in general.


Teaching and Learning

Cordeaux Academy is committed to continually improving the quality of teaching in the Academy. We pride ourselves on our high calibre professionals teaching their specialist subjects. We have an equally committed and high quality team of support staff which very much reinforces the work carried out by our teachers as well as delivering a range of targeted interventions. Both teachers and support staff are committed to raising standards and to helping every pupil to achieve his or her best. All staff are totally committed to providing our students with the very best educational experience both inside and outside the classroom environment. They all adhere to an extensive and individualised staff training programme that runs throughout the academic year and are, like the students, encouraged to be aspirational and to aim to reach their full potential. A comprehensive whole academy staff appraisal process is in place.  An experienced Assistant Vice Principal leads the rigorous monitoring and scrutiny of teaching and learning in the Academy.

Literacy

We value and actively promote the role of Literacy - the ability to understand and use language in reading, writing and communication - as a core life and learning skill. All of our staff are teachers of Literacy and their shared responsibility is reflected in all schemes of work. Literacy is highlighted in our Marking Policy with teachers using the same codes to point out errors in spelling, punctuation and grammar. Pupils in Key Stage 3 take part in "Accelerated Reader" - an individualised reading programme which sets personalised targets for each pupil thus making sure their comprehension skills are strong enough to tackle the challenges of GCSE work.  Additional support is provided through a range of Literacy interventions including the "Lexia" programme which is delivered on an individual basis to develop phonics and comprehension skills in order that students can more fully engage with the secondary curriculum.

Numeracy

We are also committed to raising the standards of numeracy of all of our students so that they develop the ability to use skills effectively in all areas of the curriculum and the skills necessary to cope confidently with the demands of further education, employment and adult life. All subjects are aware of the need to link numeracy to their curriculum and highlight when students are covering numeracy in their lessons. During tutor time, all groups cover numeracy skills once a week, this includes the use of the “Times Tables Rock Stars” programme at Key Stage 3 which uses a high engagement strategy increase the rapidity of pupil recall of times tables.  “My Maths”, an interactive online teaching and homework website that builds pupil engagement and consolidates maths knowledge, is also used throughout the Academy to provide individualised support in developing Numeracy skills.



For further information about any aspect of the curriculum please contact Mr M Roberts, Vice Principal.