• KS4 lesson 3 2015-16
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  • Curriculum Banner 2015-16
  • KS4 PE 2015-16

About our curriculum

At Banbury Academy we believe that all students can achieve their dreams if they believe in themselves, are actively engaged in their learning and have a clear sense of purpose. It is these very attributes that we aim to develop in all of our students, so that they are able to thrive both academically and personally, and lead successful and accomplished lives beyond our academy.

To secure our students’ dreams, we offer a broad, balanced and challenging curriculum that focusses not only on acquiring knowledge, but also on developing critical, life-long skills. Our well-qualified and experienced teachers inspire and excite our students, whilst also developing their curiosity and creativity. Through the use of interactive whiteboards and netbooks in classrooms, as well as the academy’s virtual learning environment, we use technology to engage students in their learning and to help them develop the study and independent thinking skills necessary for success.

Following our inspiring transition programme into Year 7, current students spend two years (3 years starting in the academic year 2018-19 when a 3 year Key Stage 3 will be introduced) securing and developing their knowledge and understanding of the National Curriculum subjects in Key Stage 3, before being guided very carefully in preparation for their years in Key Stage 4.

In Key Stage 4, our aim is to provide all students with a broad and balanced Key Stage 4 curriculum tailored to the individual’s needs and with a range of possibilities and opportunities post-16. Since the National Curriculum continues until the end of year 11, some of what is studied at Key Stage 4 is compulsory with the remainder of the Key Stage 4 curriculum as optional.

We are proud of the relationships that we foster with our students and their families, because we know that our students’ successes are enhanced when these relationships are strong. Clear and frequent communication helps parents and carers understand how their children are progressing and so we send home regular performance reports and have many information events, including parents' presentations, mentoring meetings and academic parents’ consultation evenings.

We also believe that personal study – in the form of homework, extended study and revision – is an essential component of successful learning. It helps students to develop research ability, independent thinking, resilience and self-motivation – all essential skills for higher education and the workplace.