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Our curriculum in years 7-11

Curriculum is at the heart of what we do at Shenley Academy. Our curriculum is underpinned by our academy values of aspiration, resilience, respect, responsibility and tolerance.

The pillars of our curriculum are:

  • Subject Specific and Knowledge Rich

  • Character Development

  • Literacy and Mathematics across the curriculum

  • Inclusion

  • Challenge

Our curriculum model is designed to enable students to experience a broad and diverse range of subjects, whilst ensuring that every student gains the high quality qualifications they need for the future.

Curriculum Newsletter – Summer Term 2, 2021

Curriculum Newsletter – Summer Term 1, 2021

Shenley Academy Letter to year 11 parents – 26 January 2021


Key stage 3

In years 7, 8 and 9, students study maths, English, science, geography, history, religious education, French or Spanish, art, drama, dance, music, information technology, technology and physical education.

SubjectNo. of Lessons per FortnightContact
Geography2 in years 7 and 9; 3 in year
History3 in years 7 and 8; 2 in year
French or
Computing3 in year 7; 2 in years 8 and
Technology1 in year 7; 2 in years 8 and


Key stage 4

In years 10 and 11 students continue to study an academic core which includes maths, English and science. Students are then able to personalise their curriculum by selecting three additional subjects from geography, history, French, Spanish, art, product design, religious education, health and social care, enterprise and marketing, sports studies, music, dance, drama and food preparation and nutrition.

All GCSE exams are now graded using a system of numbers 9-1, rather than letters. For more information on this new system please click the following link.

What the new GCSEs mean: A guide for parents and carers

In order to support your son/daughter in their examination preparation please find links below to the specifications which are studied in each subject:

SubjectNo. of Lessons per Fortnight  
Maths10EdexcelGCSE (9-1) Mathematics
English10AQAGCSE English Literature
GCSE English Language
GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy
Physical Education (PE)2
Options subjects (students are able to choose three subjects):
Geography6AQAGCSE Geography
History6EdexcelGCSE History
Religious Education6AQAGCSE Religious Studies A
French or Spanish6AQAGCSE French
GCSE Spanish
Art6EdexcelGCSE Art and Design
Dance6EdexcelBTEC Performing Arts
Drama6EdexcelLevel 1/2 Technical Award Performing Arts
Music6EdexcelBTEC Firsts Music
Product Design6AQAGCSE Design and Technology
Food Preparation and Nutrition6AQAGCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition
Enterprise and Marketing6CambridgeCambridge National Enterprise and Marketing
Health & Social Care6CambridgeCambridge National Health and Social Care
Sports Studies6CambridgeCambridge National Sports Studies


Homework is an important part of our curriculum. It is used to help students to consolidate their past learning, to prepare for new learning and to develop the revision and recall skills required for examination success. Students are set regular homework in accordance with the Academy’s homework policy.

You can view the homework calendar for your son/daughter by clicking here 

Curriculum plans for each subject

You can view the KS3 (21-22) long term plans for each subject area by clicking on the links below:

ArtDesign TechnologyEnglish
PEReligious EducationScience


You can view the KS4 (2021-2022) long term plans for each subject area by clicking on the links below:

ArtDanceDesign and Technology
DramaEnglishEnterprise and Marketing
Food, Nutrition and PreparationGeographyHealth and Social Care
HistoryMathematicsReligious Studies
ScienceSports Studies


You can view the year 11 roadmaps for each subject area by clicking on the links below:

ArtBusiness Studies 11BBusiness Studies 11C
Design TechnologyEnglish 11X1English 11Y2
English 11X3English 11Y3English 11Y4
GeographyHealth and Social Care 11BHealth and Social Care 11C
Maths Set 1Maths Set 3Maths Set 4
MFLScienceSport Studies

Additional resources to support the curriculum can be found here.


Teacher Assessed Grades

As a result of the significant disruption our students have faced over the last year, the government has said that exams cannot be held in a way which is fair this year. For more information, please see our guide below.

Guide: Awarding Qualifications in the Summer


Options process 2021

The options letter and booklet, which contains more detailed information about the options process, can be found by clicking on the following links.

Shenley Academy – Options letter 08 March 2021

Shenley Academy – letter to year 9 parents re options evening 26 February 2021

Letter to year 9 parents re options evenings -12 February 2021

Options letter to parents Year 9 Options booklet 2021

There is also a Virtual Options page where you can view presentations about the options process and subject areas, to access this please click the button below.



More information

If you require further details about the curriculum, please contact Miss Smith on 0121 464 5191 or


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