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Our curriculum

Thetford Academy has moved to a three-year Key Stage 3 that is in line with the strategic direction of the Inspiration Trust. Our present Year 9 are the first year group to complete a third year of Key Stage 3. We have clear curriculum principles that are highlighted in this section. We believe in a clear, sequenced curriculum allowing pupils the opportunity to use their prior learning and knowledge to be able to access further concepts in both the same academic year, key stage, and ultimately at GCSE and A Level.

Pupils have access to all traditional subjects at Key Stage 3, but we place great emphasis on English, maths, science, modern foreign languages, history, and geography. Thetford Academy placed 9th in Norfolk last year with a Progress 8 score of 0.3; it is our aim to ensure that pupils maximise their progress over five years, whilst having access to courses and subjects that are key to the values of Britain. We do not apologise for an emphasis on Dickens, Shakespeare, and traditional literature, nor the value placed on history or geography where we explore local, regional, national, and international themes.

Pupils have access to three periods of MFL in Key Stage 3. Performance in this subject is strong and as Britain moves forward into the post-Brexit world it will become increasingly important for pupils to understand not only the language but the history, geography, and culture of our neighbouring countries.

There is in all subjects a strong emphasis on reading. One of our aims is to ensure that every pupils leaves Thetford Academy with a reading age that is at least equal to their chronological age.

We offer a wide range of GCSE subjects which are listed in the table below. Pupils choose their options in Year 9, but in line with the curriculum principles and strategic direction of the Inspiration Trust there will be a strong EBacc focus from September 2018 onwards. Our sixth form also delivers a range of traditional A Level course and vocational Level 3 subjects with great success.

The curriculum is our most important vehicle to deliver the aim that all pupils from Thetford Academy have the same opportunity at interview, or in the workplace as pupils from all other educational institutions.

If you would like more information about our curriculum please contact us.

GCSE options

Subject Exam board
Art Edexcel
Business studies OCR
Catering AQA & WJEC
Combined science AQA
Computer science AQA
Dance Edexcel
English language AQA
English literature AQA
French AQA
Geography Edexcel
Health and social care OCR Cambridge National
History AQA
ICT Edexcel
Maths Edexcel
Media studies WJEC
Music Edexcel
Performing arts Edexcel BTEC
Photography Edexcel
Physical education Edexcel BTEC
Product design AQA
Religious education AQA
Resistant materials AQA
Spanish AQA
Statistics Edexcel
Triple science AQA