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.

In both KS3 and KS4 students have the opportunity to learn about British Values, citizenship, careers and enterprise through explicit PSHE lessons as well as through all subject curriculums.


The Pathway that is followed by the young person upon entry, will determine the initial curriculum that is required before being adapted for the needs of the student.

Springboard Pathway – Students will follow a project based curriculum that will last the length of the placement. This will focus on English, Maths and the personal and social skills that are required to succeed in mainstream.

Next Steps and Building Pathways – Students will typically follow a discreet curriculum that covers: English, Maths, Science, Computing, RE, Art, History, Geography, Debate, Spanish/French, Drama and PE.

In additional to the academic offer above, personal and social development is explicitly delivered through daily morning and afternoon Community Time and monitored through the Individual Learning Plan that is written upon joining the Academy and monitored by the Key Worker.


Students attending for the duration of KS4 will follow a curriculum where as a minimum they will be expected to leave with at least 5 GCSE’s or equivalents. The subjects currently offered are:

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Creative iMedia
  • History
  • Geography
  • RE
  • Art
  • Drama

Alongside these subjects, students will get an opportunity to also develop their skills in sport, cooking and music.

More information about the Raedwald Trust Curriculum Offer can be found here.

More information about the Raedwald Trust Pathways can be found here. 

Third Party Providers

Students at KS3 and KS4 also have the opportunity to study a range of vocational subjects including mechanics, construction and animal care during 2020-2021.

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