Welcome to Parkside Academy

The Curriculum

The Raedwald Trust pays high regard to organising pupil’s learning experiences: curriculum design always responds to individual learner’s needs and curriculum choices are regularly reviewed, with all stakeholders, so we can be confident we are providing an exceptional learning experience, every hour of every day.   Our highly personalised and flexible approach is framed by three key questions:

  1. What is the specific intention of the chosen learning programme?
  2. What is the best implementation route for the learning programme?
  3. What is the impact of the learning programme?

Against these measures, our learners thrive in an environment of high expectation.

At Key Stage 4, (Years 10 and 11), a range of qualifications to support success in every subject is offered:

English

  • GCSE Language
  • GCSE English Literature (dependent on aptitude and interest)
  • Functional Skills Level 1 and 2
  • Functional Skills Entry Level 1, 2 and 3

Mathematics

  • GCSE Mathematics
  • Functional Skills Level 1 and 2
  • Functional Skills Entry Level 1, 2 and 3

Science

  • GCSEs in Science: combined
  • GCSE in single sciences (dependent upon ability, interest and aptitude)
  • Entry Level 1, 2 and 3

Art

  • GCSE Art
  • UAL Award and Diploma in Art and Design
  • Arts Awards – Discover, Explore and Bronze
  • OCR Entry Level

Design Technology

  • GCSE Art and Design (dependent on aptitude and interest)

Hospitality

  • BTec Level 1 and 2 in Home Cooking

ICT

  • BTec Level 1 and 2 in ITQ Users
  • GCSE Computer Science (dependent on interest and aptitude)
  • Functional Skills Level 1 and 2
  • Functional Skills Entry Level 1, 2 and 3

Life Skills

  • AQA Awards

Music

  • Rock School Level 1 and 2 Guitar

PHSE

Every student in Years 10 and 11 has a personalised careers guidance and transition package from the school’s Transition Team. This leads to a co-designed individual action plan to support them to move on to a variety of options after Year 11.

At Key Stage 3, (Years 7, 8 and 9), students participate in project based learning which integrates all core and creative subjects (such as Drama), humanities, and PSHE alongside developing vital social and communication skills. Projects are tailored to students’ interests, passions and also include the following subjects:

  • ASDAN
  • Art
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • ICT
  • Music
  • Science

In a complementary curriculum, students in all years have access to team sports and individual plans and activities in Fitness. They also participate in a comprehensive PSHE programme. All students are encouraged to explore their musical interests and talents and in ‘Jigsaw’ sessions, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument such as drums, guitar, percussion and piano. Our Jigsaw curriculum is reviewed regularly and adapted to suit the interests of our young people.

Depending on their interest areas, students in Year 10 and 11 may also access vocational training or work experience whilst at Parkside. This could include (but is not limited to): animal care, bike project, child care, hair dressing, nail artistry, mechanics and primary school placements.

For further details and information regarding our curriculum, please contact Trudy Read, Curriculum and Assessment Lead, at the school.

Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Education

Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Education is an important part of our teaching and themes are woven through the curriculum. Sessions include moral and ethical decision and discussion, and visits to local religious centres and fund raising activities are included in this area.

Our aims for SMSC education are:

Education for Cultural Development:

  • challenge racism and value race equality
  • recognise and understand own cultural values
  • give respect of other’s beliefs and values
  • willingness to participate in sporting, art and cultural activities
  • appreciate cultural diversity
  • understand British democratic systems and how history has shaped the present

Education for Moral Development:

  • desire to explore own and others views
  • respect own and others needs, interests and views
  • ability to make responsible and reasoned decisions and judgements
  • ability to think through own and others consequences of actions
  • willingness to express own views on ethical issues and personal values

Education for Spiritual Development:

  • respect for self and others
  • an increased ability to reflect and learn from reflection
  • an appreciate of beauty, love, truth, goodness, order and mystery
  • an understanding of feelings and emotions and their likely impact
  • a sense of empathy, concern and compassion

Education for Social Development:

  • resolve conflict and work towards inclusion and unity
  • work responsibly as a member of a group or team
  • relate well to other people’s social skills and personal qualities
  • share views and opinions with others and work towards agreement
  • able to cope with a range of social contexts by appropriate and sensitive behaviours

Fundamental British Values

As part of the SMSC work, and through other subjects, we are required to teach our pupils about the four fundamental British Values which are:

  • Individual liberty
  • Rule of law
  • Democracy
  • Mutual Respect and the Tolerance of those with different Faiths and Beliefs

Although much of our teaching is implicit in our wider learning programmes, we explicit teaching these values through:

ValueLearning Programme
Individual LibertyPHSE
Rule of LawPHSE
DemocracyPHSE
Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefsPHSE