“With God all things are possible” Matthew 19:26
All students will be confident and resilient young people, assured in their strength of courage, value of justice and necessity of respect.
We inspire and support our students so they can become the very best they can in every single way. With love and care, we develop motivation both inside and outside the classroom, encouraging an appetite of learning in a safe and stimulating Christian environment. We want our students to become the leaders and game-changers of the future.
At Ark Charter Academy our curriculum is designed to embody our Christian vision and values to ensure that all students will be confident and resilient young people, assured in their strength of courage, value of justice and necessity of respect. It is essential that all students, particularly the most disadvantaged, have the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life and to enable them to become the leaders and game changers of the future. We place the curriculum at the heart of school life. It drives all other decisions that we make and is the best means we have of demonstrating as a school what we believe in and what we stand for. Our curriculum is a broad, balanced and equitable offer; built around the core disciplines of English, mathematics, science, humanities, languages and religious education. Our curriculum is designed around four key principles:
- Knowledge rich – A rich and broad body of core knowledge is clearly and meticulously specified. The knowledge possesses sufficient significance or influence in the subject discipline to support the claim that it is the best that has been thought and said.
- Academically ambitious - The curriculum provides students with knowledge that they are unlikely to otherwise encounter or understand without a teacher’s support. The content selected is ambitious in order to challenge the most able and provide a rich and empowering education to all.
- Logically sequenced - The curriculum sets out a logical journey that students need to embark on to get better at a subject. In this sense, ‘the curriculum is the progression model, it is the selection and organisation of knowledge to form a coherent model of intended progression in the subject.
- Designed to support memory - Learning is a change in long-term memory. The curriculum is structured to help students remember, not simply encounter, the core knowledge they learn.
Our curriculum in each subject area has been designed backwards from university study and A-Level through to GCSE, and into the KS3 phase to ensure students can reach their fullest potential. As a school we are passionate about supporting them to navigate their way through the skills and knowledge required to empower them, thus providing greater choice in a world which can sometimes seem unjust.
The curriculum through all phases of the school is designed such that students leave Ark Charter Academy:
- Confident and resilient assured in their strength of courage, justice and respect
- Culturally literate and able to contextualise events and experiences and act accordingly.
- With a broad domain-specific knowledge and vocabulary base that allows them to conceptualise the world in more scientific ways
- Able to participate in the national discourse
- Committed to doing the best they can
- Skilled enough to make a valuable contribution to society and the economy
- Able to take ownership of their future
- Aware of their community and willing to play a constructive role in it
How do we adapt our curriculum, so it is suitable for all students?
It is our goal to ensure that all students have the support and challenge necessary to empower them to thrive academically and make positive contributions to life at Ark Charter. Our Inclusion Department works closely with parents, teachers and the students themselves, to help overcome any barriers to learning that students may face on their journey towards adult life. A young person has learning difficulties if they have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than most children of the same age or they have a disability which prevents or hinders the child from making use of educational facilities of a kind provided for children of the same age within mainstream classes. An essential part of our approach is to ensure that the curriculum is adapted but significant ambitious to meet the needs of students with SEND so that they develop knowledge and skills with the ability to apply these with increasing fluency.
Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s form tutor, pastoral lead or the SENDCO if you have concerns or questions about their progress.
Curriculum Design Principles
Our curriculum is carefully designed to meet the needs of the students in our context. The principles behind it can be found here: Curriculum Design Principles 2021-22
Each department has carefully developed curriculum plans in line with our curriculum intent - how our school's curriculum is designed to meet the needs of Charter’s students in our context to ensure that no student's future is dictated by their past.
The curriculum overview for each year group will be added to this page shortly.
Remote Education Offer
Our remote education offer is carefully designed to meet the needs of the students in our context. More details of our offer can be found here:
Details for the awarding bodies for each of the qualifications we offer can be found here: Ark Charter Key Stage Four Courses and Qualifications