Curriculum Statement; Believe, Strive, Achieve
Westfield Academy is committed to providing a curriculum that is broad, balanced, challenging and fosters a love of learning. We match our curriculum to the abilities, interests and aspirations of our students, to give every child the opportunity to strive for personal excellence. We are an inclusive school that aims to open doors for every pupil, and we therefore value the contribution that creative, practical and vocational learning brings to a child’s development alongside the traditional subjects. Our hope is that every child who leaves Westfield Academy has the qualifications, skills, knowledge and character to lead a life that includes positive relationships, resilience and financial independence.
Embedding our message of "Believe, Strive, Achieve" is vital if we are to create successful, contributing citizens.
In order to fulfill these ideals, we have developed a two-year KS3 model and a three-year KS4 model.
The aim of our KS3 is to prepare students to develop successful individuals ready to meet the challenges of KS4. We have designed this on six key factors;
Embedding the basics; We have a intake on average below the national average, which significant EAL, SEN and Pupil Premium students. Therefore it is important that we ensure that we embed the basics in preparation for KS4. There will be a high level of focus on literacy and numeracy, both in lessons and in our pastoral program.
Introducing new content and skills; We do recognise that part of KS3 is developing the subject specific language and "basics" required to succeed at KS4. Our faculty teams deliver the content in KS3 which forms the foundation for the work in KS4.
Generating a love of learning; We believe that students will only fully succeed if they enjoy what they do. We expect lessons to be interesting and engaging at KS3. Through clubs and "drop-down" days we aim to ensure that students get the chance to take risks, be creative and enjoy their learning.
Developing positive, safe, protective behaviours; We believe that we must equip our students to be able to navigate the modern world they live in, safely and considerately. We do this through our pastoral program (assemblies, form time program) and PSHE (Personal social and health education) program.
Encouraging Healthy Choices; We believe that we have a duty to ensure our students are educated to make the correct choices for a healthy lifestyle and a long productive life. We do this through our pastoral program (assemblies, form time program) and PSHE program. We don't allow "sugary, fizzy" drinks in the Academy and are working with our catering company to improve the "healthy offer for students" whilst ensuring that costs aren't prohibitive.
Create strong, study habits and skills; We believe that we have a duty to give our students the skills and habits required to succeed academically.
- Below are statements from each Faculty Area as to how they meet these key factors;
The options process currently takes place in Year 8 at Westfield Academy, allowing pupils nearly three years of study on their chosen examined courses. This decision is in keeping with our principles, as we believe the three-year examination course gives our teachers scope to embed deep understanding and love of learning whilst also covering the content required for terminal assessment.
Through the options process, we meet the statutory national requirements and aim to provide a bespoke curriculum. For us, this means giving our pupils as much choice and flexibility as possible, whilst ensuring they follow examination courses that lead to positive outcomes and give them access to Post-16 opportunities at the correct level. Our options focus on the "English Baccalaureate" as well as allowing for a range of vocational options such as; Hair and Beauty, Catering, Hospitality and Business Studies. We allow the same amount of curriculum time to Vocational Qualifications as GCSE courses to allow pupils the experience of exciting and relevant work-based projects alongside the assessed content. Please see the Options page for more information on the qualifications we offer on each route. (This may differ year on year dependant on studnet choice.)
Achievement at KS4 is supported through PSHE and Careers education and Work Experience at the end of KS4. Our focus being to ensure the students know where they are going after compulsory education ends and how they get there.
We have a broad range of inclusive options Post-16, supported by an informal partnership with Watford Boys Grammar school. Our curriculum offer includes traditional A-Levels as well as BTEC courses in ICT, Business and Health & Social Care. We also have a "Hair and Beauty" Academy and a Football Academy with Watford FC. (For more information please see the Sixth Form page on this website.)
We are very proud of the outcomes our pupils achieve as the result of our curriculum and teaching and learning. Our progress 8 measure has been positive each year since the measure has been introduced and has improved year on year.
Curriculum guides for individual years may be accessed by clicking the link below:
- Year 7 Curriculum Guide
- Year 8 Curriculum Guide
- Year 9 Curriculum Guide
- Year 10 Curriculum Guide
- Year 11 Curriculum Guide
Each Faculty has Curriculum Overviews for KS3 and KS4, which we call Curriculum Maps. These are available to view/download below;