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A broad and balanced curriculum preparing children for life’s challenges.

Our Key Stage 4 curriculum ...

The King James Academy is proud to be developing an exciting and challenging curriculum for all our students from Year 5 and beyond. We are committed to providing a broad and balanced diet to enable students to prepare for the next stage in their learning whatever their passions and ambitions. 

Students’ Kingjames004timetables are made up of 25 one hour lessons a week covering a range of subjects from the core curriculum of English, Maths and Science and subjects such as Design Technology, Music and Computer Science.  Contrary to the national trend, we are placing an increasing focus on Modern Foreign Languages, believing this to be vital in supporting our students to become global citizens. Students spend an additional 25 minutes a day in form time where they have the opportunity to develop skills to support their learning both in and out of the classroom.

Our thought-provoking and enriching ‘drop down days’ enable students to explore aspects of the Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) and Religious Education curricula. Activities such as mock interviews conducted by members of our local business community, developing budgeting skills and presentations by the police and fire service help to prepare our students for life beyond school.

We believe that knowing our students well allows us to maximise their potential in all subjects, whether it be through using Accelerated Reader to boost literacy levels, targeted intervention sessions or in-class support. With specialist teachers working in specialist rooms, our students thrive and have the confidence to take on new challenges.

Students are guided in the January of Year 9 to make informed choices for their GCSE options.  All students study a core curriculum of English, Maths, Science, Core PE, PSHE and Religious Studies.  They currently choose three additional subjects to ensure maximum lesson time to cover the increased content demanded by revised GCSE specifications.  Our information evenings, subject fairs, subject consultation evenings, careers interviews and one-to-one meetings with members of the Senior Leadership Team mean that our students make the right choices for them.

Curriculum Overview (KS4)
Hours per week for each subject (KS4)
Subject Year 10 Year 11
English 4 4
Maths 4 4
Science 6.5* 6.5*
Core PE 1.5 1.5
Option 1 3 3
Option 2 3 3
Option 3 3 3
RS Drop Down Days Drop Down Days
PSHE Drop Down Days Drop Down Days

*All students follow a combined science course (a course which covers all three disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics and leads to two GCSEs) but may convert to Triple Science (resulting in three separate GCSEs, one in each subject) in Year 11 where staff feel individual students will benefit from this extra challenge.

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