School Curriculum

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Sheila Forsythe, Senior Vice Principal, is the named person for Curriculum Contact.

For further information please contact the Academy on 01302 320626.

Curriculum Intent

Our curriculum: 

  • is sequenced to enable pupils to build their knowledge and skills over time
  • provides sustained and high quality learning experiences for all students, including those with SEN
  • provides opportunities to develop levels of literacy and numeracy across all curricular areas
  • promotes opportunities across the curriculum for the development of good student health and well being
  • recognises the importance of digital literacy and provides opportunities for the development of the skills students will need to function safely and responsibly in a technological world
  • provides a range of academic, technical and vocational courses which challenge, engage and motivate students
  • develops cultural capital across a wide range of contexts and experiences
  • promotes British Values through all key stages and across all subjects
  • ensures that all students make good progress irrespective of their starting point and those young people facing disadvantage are given opportunities to raise their aspirations

We recognise that to provide our young people with rich learning experiences in a range of contexts it is crucial to work in partnerships with others. Expertise often lies beyond the academy and learning opportunities are regularly planned with partner organisations including statutory and voluntary organisations as well as employers, local businesses and charitable organisations.

Curriculum Offer

We have a well-constructed curriculum, tailored to meet the needs of our learners and address social disadvantage on many levels.  Our curriculum offer is adapted to meet individual needs where appropriate and therefore offers a range of pathways, which we believe broaden rather than narrow the offer at different points during the five-year journey.  As a result, the number of pupils who are NEET has reduced below the national average to less than 1% (2 pupils), and the number of pupils progressing to Sixth Form Learning or other Further Education provision has increased to 91% in 2019.  

Key Stage 3 (Year 7, 8 & 9)

During Key Stage 3 all students study the same subjects as required by the National Curriculum.

  • Students are taught in sets for maths, science and Modern Languages.
  • Students are taught in banded mixed ability groups for the non-core subjects.
  • Art, Design & Technology continue to be taught in smaller, mixed ability, groups. 
Subject (click for more information) Year 7 Periods Year 8 Periods Year 9 Periods
Baccalaureate* 13 0 0
English 0 4 4
Maths 4 4 4
MFL 1 2 2
Science 2 3 3
PE 2 2 2
History 0 2 2
Geography 0 2 2
Art, Design & Technology 2 2 2
Performing Arts 1 2 2
ICT / Computer Science 0 1 1
Life (PSHCE) 0 1 1
Total 25 25 25

* The Hall Cross Baccalaureate is a literacy-driven, cross-curricular course which enables Y7 students to continue to develop the literacy skills and knowledge from Key Stage 2 in a transitional manner in conjunction with the English department.  Geography and History are delivered thematically through this curriculum in Y7 

  • The Life Curriculum incorporates Health education, Sex and Relationships Education, Religious Education (please see information below)

Key Stage 4

  • During KS4 (Year 10 & 11) all students follow English, Maths, Science.
  • Life and Core PE are followed as non-examined subjects.
  • All students then choose three option subjects. 
Subject (click for more information) Year 10 Periods Year 11 Periods
Science 6 6
English 4 4
Maths 4 4
Core PE/Life 2 2
Option Periods  9 9
Total Periods 25 25

Ebacc Subjects Offered

  • History
  • Geography
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Computer Science

Other Subjects Offered

  • Art & Design
  • Business Communication
  • Business Studies
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Food
  • Health & Social Care
  • ICT
  • Music
  • Philosophy & Ethics
  • Physical Education
  • Photography
  • Product Design
  • Sociology
  • Textiles


Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Education

The curriculum contributes to students’ behaviour and welfare including their physical, mental and personal well-being and safety.  Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is explored through cross-curricular themes within the curriculum. This is mapped through a curriculum audit and delivered though the Baccalaureate Curriculum in Y7 & 8 and through the Life Curriculum in Y9-11. 

In addition, topics such as Sex and Relationship Education and aspects of Citizenship and Careers Education are provided for through specific events and activities. 

Religious Education at Hall Cross Academy


At Hall Cross Academy, Religious Education is delivered through two subject areas: Life Curriculum and GCSE/A Level Religious Studies. The department responsible for Religious Education is the Philosophy and Ethics department. It is an interesting and stimulating subject and students should expect to enjoy their studies. Much of the material is thought provoking and demanding. Lessons often involve discussion and debate. Students should feel confident to express themselves freely and respect the comments and opinions of others.


Mrs A Fielding 

Miss T J Blake

Mr J Stewart


Religious Education at Key Stage 3

In years 7 and 8 elements of Religious Education are taught through the integrated Baccalaureate curriculum.  This includes an exploration of Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism as part of the India unit; the development of the Christian Church during the reign of the Stuarts unit and also in the Power unit; migration and its impact on religion in the UK during as part of the ‘Our place in the world’ unit.

In year 9, Religious Education forms part of the programme of study for the Life curriculum. The Life curriculum is an enrichment lesson where statutory elements of the curriculum are delivered to all cohorts of students for 1 hour per week. This includes Religious Education but also PSHE, Citizenship and RSE. 

As part of the Life curriculum, students have the opportunity to  learn about the core themes of Rights, Responsibilities and British Values; Celebrating Diversity and Equality; Relationships and Sex Education; Staying Safe Online and Offline; Health and Wellbeing and Life Beyond School. In addition, they also study Philosophical and Ethical issues such as morality, evil and suffering. The Life curriculum is designed to equip students with the knowledge, skills and awareness necessary to continue to develop into well-rounded citizens.

Religious Education at Key Stage 4

Students may opt to study for a GCSE in Religious Studies. This will involve a study of Christian Beliefs and Practices, Muslim Beliefs and Practices alongside Four Ethical themes from Families and Relationships, Religion and Life, Crime and Punishment, Peace and Conflict and Human Rights. For further information please see our KS4 Options Booklet 2019-2021.


The Key Stage 4 Life curriculum is delivered to all year 10 & 11 students as an enrichment curriculum where statutory subjects are delivered. This includes Religious Education, PSHE, Citizenship and RSE. 

This is a compulsory element of the KS4 curriculum and aims to ensure that our students are well informed and prepared to make adult choices in their lives. We aim to provide the skill set required to guide our students into becoming responsible, thoughtful and open-minded young people. There is no assessment in this subject and content will be explored using a variety of teaching methods. Students will experience key statutory subjects including Rights, Responsibilities and British Values, Diversity and Equality, Relationships and Sex Education, Staying Safe Online and Offline, Health and Wellbeing and Life Beyond School. 


Religious Education at Key Stage 5

Students may opt to study A Level Religious Studies. This will involve the study of Philosophy, Ethics and Developments in Christian Thought. Students will also have the opportunity to attend appropriate Sixth Form Religious Studies conferences throughout the course alongside discussion opportunities with leading thinkers in this field. 

Curriculum Impact


Our aim, through our curriculum, is to develop young people:

  • who are not disadvantaged by the social context in which they live
  • who have the literacy and numeracy skills needed to succeed at school and beyond
  • who have the confidence, resilience and knowledge to stay mentally healthy
  • who feel included in their community with an active desire to contribute politically, socially, culturally, environmentally and economically
  • who have high expectations of themselves and an ambitious vision for their future
  • who have a work ethic that results in them achieving, and exceeding, their academic potential
  • who are respectful, tolerant and empathetic towards the values and beliefs of others
  • who are happy and have a desire to pursue a healthy, active lifestyle
  • who have a range of transferrable skills to succeed in learning, life and work including: creativity, communication, collaboration and critical thinking 
  • who are capable of making informed decisions and are aware of their rights and responsibilities
  • who understand the importance of respect and are fully equipped for life in Modern Britain