Curriculum Overview

The Wellington Academy will give students the skills that will provide them with a wide range of education and social opportunities. There will be a broad and rich curriculum with first class teaching and strong, inspirational leadership.

The Wellington Academy will forge links with existing and new business partners to enable practical and vocational studies to take place and to make a real contribution to the local community. The sponsor, Wellington College, will also provide international perspectives through the work it already undertakes through charitable projects in the developing world.

Personalised pathways for every learner will be supported by cutting edge ICT and extension programmes for young people who need additional support or who are gifted and talented and need to progress at an accelerated rate.

Our lessons last 50 minutes. Our teaching staff work hard to ensure that their lessons include a variety of activities, so that students remain motivated to learn.

Times of Day

Lesson 1
Lesson 2
Break
Lesson 3
Lesson 4
Early Lunch
Late Lunch
Lesson 5
Lesson 6
School ends
Lesson 7

8.40am - 9.30am
9.30am - 10.20am
10.20 - 10.35am
10.35am - 11.25am
11.25am - 12.15pm
12.15pm - 12.45pm
12.45pm - 1.15pm
1.15pm - 2.05pm
2.05pm - 2.55pm
2.55pm
3.00pm onwards - some 6th Form lessons and extra-curricular activities

Academies have some freedoms in deciding what the curriculum should be like. We have created a distinctive curriculum for our students, balancing traditional subjects with time for sport and the arts. Our objective is to guarantee success for every individual by unlocking their interests and skills, in line with their aptitudes.

Years 7 to 9

Students study: English, maths, science, computing, modern foreign languages (French, German and Spanish), physical education, humanities (geography, history and ethics and philosophy), creative arts (art, dance, drama and music), design and technology (food, textiles, resistant materials, CAD-CAM and construction), and wellbeing.

There are programmes in place to enable students with literacy difficulties to be able to improve their reading, writing and spelling, as well as for students with a musical aptitude to learn an instrument.

Years 10 to 11

Students choose certified courses from the start of Year 10 so that learning is more closely matched to the needs of individuals and their aptitude. All students study English, maths, science, physical education, general studies and ethics and philosophy. Students must also continue with at least one of their languages (French, German or Spanish). We offer a range of accreditation including GCSE, BTEC and City & Guilds. All our courses can be studied at a higher level in the 6th Form

We publish a separate prospectus every year and hold an information evening to explain the courses on offer in Year 9. We currently offer courses in: art & design, business, catering & hospitality, child development, construction, dance, design and technology, digital photography, drama, French, geography, hair, health & social care, history, IT, media, music, music technology, PE, philosophy & ethics, professional catering, psychology, public services, sociology, sport and textiles.

Entitlement

In addition to normal curriculum opportunities, all students will have the chance to attend a residential course during their time at the Academy;

Before I am sixteen I will have had the opportunity to achieve the following:

  • Have my say on local issues and be listened to;
  • Celebrate my academic, sporting or creative talents - at school or outside;
  • Take part in a public event - either sports, dance or concert or visual arts;
  • Take part in a play, musical or reading that involves either acting, speaking or helping with the production;
  • Go on a school visit or overnight stay;
  • Help others through voluntary work;


Science Lesson


Year 7 Residential


Art Lesson


Year 10 History Trip to Corfe Castle


2015 Sports Tour


Summer Festival 2015