Our Curriculum Model Rationale and Entitlement

Our curriculum model is designed to ensure we effectively deliver our Trust’s shared curriculum intent by providing a broad and balanced curriculum and rich educational experience for all students. We also design our academy’s curriculum model to best meet the needs of our students and their locality by offering courses that support the local and national job market and those that have been positive destination subjects for our students. 
At Outwood Academy Hindley we want all students to leave our academy as well rounded individuals prepared for the world of work and their personal futures. We believe a broad and balanced curriculum for all supports this ambition; an ambition that underpins our vision to put students first, raise standards and transform lives. 
Our curriculum reflects the ambitious intent of the National Curriculum.  Students begin their secondary experience studying a rich programme of English, maths, science, geography, history, two modern foreign languages, physical education, computer science, religious education and citizenship studied through our RE/Life programme as well as a range of expressive arts including art, music, drama and technology subjects.
Our students study a broad range of subjects and benefit from a wide range of additional learning opportunities to deepen their educational experience and build a solid foundation of subject knowledge and skills. All Key Stage 4 courses are studied for two years and we encourage pupils to study subjects which make up the Full English Baccalaureate, i.e. GCSE in one English (Literature or English Language), mathematics, two sciences (including computer science), one humanities subject (geography or history) and a modern foreign language. To achieve the Full English Baccalaureate students must achieve a Grade 5 in each of these subjects. There is an opportunity to study triple or combined sciences and a wide selection of open element subjects is offered including a range of expressive arts, design technology, physical education and Level 2 BTEC courses.
Our curriculum rationale reflects the value we place on developing our students’ personal growth and understanding of themselves, others and the world they inhabit. Our academy is committed to promoting positive mental health and physical well being. We believe the study of performing, creative and expressive arts subjects supports this agenda; developing our students’ health, well-being and self-confidence. By studying subjects that require them to think creatively, problem solve, develop healthy lifestyles and be part of a team, our students will grow as individuals and enhance their employability skills in readiness for the world of work. 
Our curriculum model supports pupils to cover a broad and balanced curriculum for as long as possible through our Level 2/ GCSE Guided Pathway 1 and our Year 9 key stage 3 Creative Choices allocation. Pupils in Year 9 study a range of creative courses which enhance their creativity, teamwork, performance, or practical skills thereby enhancing their enjoyment of school. Studying a curriculum that values creative, expressive and practical subjects further supports our students’ physical and mental health as well as building their cultural capital.
In Year 9 we begin to enable some personalisation in our students’ entitlement by providing more opportunity for depth and breadth in their subject study. Students make a selection from Guided Pathway 1 to study a Level 2 / GCSE across Year 9 and 10 selecting from Art and Design (GCSE); Music (GCSE); RE (GCSE); Design Technology (GCSE) and technical awards in Enterprise (BTEC); Creative Media Production (BTEC); Hospitality and Catering (Vocational Award); Performing Arts (BTEC));  Health and Social Care (BTEC);and Sport Science (Cambridge National). In addition, our Year 9 Creative Choices allocation ensures a broad but more personalised programme of key stage 3 study across the creative disciplines of design technology, food, art, music, drama and computer science.  Year 9 students can personalise their Creative Choice allocation broadening their entitlement at key stage 3 by experiencing a wider range of creative subjects. 
Personalisation, in Year 9, is complemented by our determination to ensure a strong entitlement to the full suite of EBacc subjects. through our Guided Pathway 2. As part of this commitment we require all students to study history, geography and a modern foreign language across Years 7 to 9 with all students electing to study either geography or history at GCSE across Years 10 and 11. When moving into Year 10 and 11 our Guided Pathway 3 provides a broad offer to all students. This could facilitate one or more languages, a second humanities subject or a personal choice from a wide range of open element GCSE or technical qualifications. Additional personalisation and flexibility in the curriculum architecture through a Guided Pathway 4 allows students to extend and personalise their studies even further in Year 11 with an aspirational course aimed at adding value to their future career aspirations. Within this flexibility, opportunity is also constructed to facilitate additional English and Maths study for those students who require this support or who wish to achieve in these subjects at the very highest level to facilitate future A Level choices.  
The educational offer at Outwood Academy Hindley promotes a broad and balanced curriculum throughout all years that enables every student to fulfil their potential with the aspiration to move forward with their educational experience into local further education providers and then onto higher education.