Colonel Frank Seely Academy
The curriculum at Colonel Frank Seely Academy is built around three strong over arching themes; inspire, challenge and success. We believe every young person has the right to be inspired and challenged in their learning; which ultimately will lead to success. Underpinning this ethos is the 4 cornerstones that the Colonel Frank Seely Academy is built on:
- Having the highest expectations of all
- Valuing and celebrating academic achievement
- Strong teaching for all our young people
- Widening student experiences
Building a successful curriculum has to be done as soon as our students arrive in Year 7. Yes, it is important to pass exams and to gain qualifications but at Colonel Frank Seely Academy we firmly believe in developing the whole child. Education is not just about what happens in the classroom. It reaches far further. At Colonel Frank Seely Academy we believe that not only providing a solid, challenging curriculum but combining that with opportunities to widen the students’ knowledge and experiences.
Each day our young people are with us we encourage and promote STAR principles throughout their learning. Sit up straight, Track the speaker, Articulate like a… and to Respect others. It is our view that children are naturally inquisitive and have a thirst for knowledge that needs to be quenched from their first day at Colonel Frank Seely Academy.
Teaching and Learning is at the heart of our curriculum. This coupled with not only a broad and balanced subject offer but also an expectation that our students have the highest standards for themselves. Memory and retrieval skills are developed through the effective use of spaced leaning at regular intervals across the curriculum. This provide the necessary skills for a young people to be successful. Oracy is a key theme that is interwoven throughout the curriculum. At Colonel Frank Seely we firmly believe in the power and importance that oracy plays in a young person’s development. It is imperative we develop our young people into strong, effective communicators. Through our curriculum, we aim to nurture students who enjoy learning, who can make a positive contribution to society and who can develop the seven Colonel Frank Seely character traits, which ultimately will lead to success,
- Critical thinking
- Risk taking
The world is changing at such a rapid pace we firmly believe we have a duty of care, fully equipping our young people with a range of skills and qualifications so they can be successful in life.
Students at Colonel Frank Seely study 25 hours per week. This is comprised of 5 x 1 hour lessons each day, Colonel Frank Seely operates on a two week timetable totalling a 50 hour cycle.
|Subject||Year 7 (Hours per fortnight)||Year 8 (Hours per fortnight)|
|English (including Accelerated Reader)||8||8|
|Modern Foreign Language||6||6|
DEAR time (Drop Everything and Read) enhances the curriculum at Key Stage 3. Students are able to develop their literacy skills
The Academy is actively widening reading intervention in line with Trust in that all students who are reading below their chronological age can access intervention at Year 7 and 8.
Within Key Stage 4 DEAR takes on a different dimension. DEAR (Drop Everything and Respond) Students are able to critically look at their learning following effective feedback and make the adjustments to further develop their knowledge and understanding but also the application of their learning.
The taught curriculum aims to offer the maximum breadth possible at Key Stage 3 allowing students to experience as many different subjects as possible. All students in Key Stage 3 will experience the subjects below:
|Core Subjects||Ebacc Subjects||Foundation Subjects|
MFL: either French / Spanish (or both)
Design and Technology
Food Prep & Nutrition
A separate group of students in Year 7 & 8 receive a period of literacy and a period of numeracy alongside MFL.
Key Stage 4
|Subject||Year 9 (Hours per fortnight)||Year 10 (Hours per fortnight)||Year 11 (Hours per fortnight)|
|English Lang & Lit||8||8||10|
In year 8, with guidance and support students at Colonel Frank Seely will make their option choices in readiness to follow a more focussed curriculum. At Colonel Frank Seely we operate a pathway system. We have two pathways, with students being placed on either the Ebacc or tailored pathway. Built into the tailored pathway for students who face challenges in their learning is a foundation learning option where students will develop knowledge and skills to further support and enhance their other option choices. These students are withdrawn from one GCSE option block. The curriculum stays as wide as possible for these students due to the nature of the foundation learning option in Year 9. There is a threat that we can narrow the curriculum by withdrawing students from an option but at Colonel Frank Seely Academy we recognise this and provide a range of learning opportunities (Food nutrition, PE, Literacy and Numeracy) We believe that these skills coupled with their three remaining option choices will prepare them for a successful future.
|Core Subjects (Compulsory Study for all)||Ebacc Pathway||Tailored pathway|
Food & Nutrition
Food & Nutrition
Food & Nutrition
Curriculum Pathways: GCSE
The English Baccalaureate pathway
We believe that, for a significant proportion of students, the addition of a modern foreign language and either geography or history to the core offer is entirely appropriate and necessary in order to provide them with a balanced but challenging experience at Key Stage 4. For this reason, we have developed an Ebacc pathway of choices for students so that as many of them as possible are able to study the full suite of Ebacc subjects in Key Stage 4.
The Tailored pathway
We also acknowledge that for some, the full Ebacc is not appropriate because their skills and interests lie in other areas. As an Academy we did not want to restrict the students curriculum by removing the ability to study a language alongside the more practical and creative subjects. We believe it is appropriate to encourage students to choose subjects, which play to their particular strengths and skills.
A specific group of students are withdrawn from one GCSE option block and follow a foundation learning course which comprise of English, maths, Food Preparation and Nutrition and PE
In addition to the core curriculum, all students at Colonel Frank Seely Academy also study Careers Education, Personal Social Health Education (PSHE), Relationships and Sexual Education (RPS), Citizenship and SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education). These important aspects of our students’ education take place during tutor time, assemblies and enrichment activities during special events within the school year.
At CFSA we are always looking how we can further develop our students’ knowledge and experience. One area we have focussed on is maintaining a broad curriculum and not narrowing it for our students. We feel, as a leadership team that discussions need to be had around moving back to a two year Key Stage 4. These discussion are on going presently.
We define the curriculum as everything that happens in school and everything that the young people who attend our school experience and learn. In that sense, it is not just about the academic knowledge and skills delivered in lessons but also the array of opportunities and experiences we offer to our students outside the classroom. Student wellbeing is at the heart of everything we do. In addition to the students’ timetabled day, the school encourages student involvement in our CFSA Opportunities Programme. The aim of this is to enrich student lives and improve wellbeing through encouraging student engagement with learning opportunities outside of their lessons. Students taking on specific leadership roles and an involvement in the broader life of the school and the community will only lead to a greater development of their character. It is vital that we develop outward looking students who want to contribute to the community they live in.
CFSA Opportunities Programme student experiences may include:
- School trips, visits and residential experiences
- Performing Arts events
- Sports teams
- The Trust Games events
- Lunchtime or after school clubs and societies
- Duke of Edinburgh award scheme
- Involvement in school charity links
- Positions of responsibility and leadership available to students such as Sports Leaders, Performing Arts Captains, etc.
- Inter-House activities and competitions
- Targeted assemblies and guest-speakers
- School memorials and acts of remembrance
- Careers guidance and work experience
- Studying the CFSA Baccalaureate (Years 7,8 & 9)
Please click here to view the Opportunities 2019-20 for students booklet
Please click here to view the Educational Visits and Events 2019-20 for students booklet