At Ark Victoria the aim of our curriculum is to provide pupils with a coherent, content-rich and cumulative education that will develop their cultural literacy and ensure excellent academic achievement.
Over the next year we will be working to ensure our curriculum has been designed backwards from A-Level study all the way through to the Early Years Foundation Stage to ensure pupils are equipped with the necessary knowledge, vocabulary, skills and understanding to thrive in society.
At present the curriculum in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), Key Stage One (KS1) and Key Stage Two (KS2) is thematic and is designed around high-quality texts, which provides cross-curricular links in order to deepen pupils’ understanding and spark their curiosity.
All pupils are taught the full-breadth of the National Curriculum by their class teacher (English, Mathematics, Science, Design & Technology, Music, History, Geography, Personal, Social & Health Education, Religious Education and French in KS2) and receive subject-specialist teaching in Physical Education and Art).
In Key Stage 3, the National Curriculum is followed to ensure that pupils are immersed in the full range of subjects (Maths, English, Science, French, Geography, History, RE, Computer Science, DT, Art, Music, Drama, PE and PSHE & Citizenship).
Pupils in Key Stage 4 have the opportunity to develop their understanding of a range of subjects; studying core subjects (Maths, English and Science), and core PE, and studying their optional subjects. This mixture of subjects has been carefully selected with the individual in mind, to achieve attainment and progress for all pupils.
Please read our Subject overview here: Curriculum Statement Secondary SEPT 2020.pdf
Please read our Curriculum maps for Years 7-11 here: Curriculum map 2020.pdf
Please read our 2020/2021 Qualifications and Exam boards document here: Qualifications and Exam boards.pdf
All students can thrive when the correct support and educational provisions are provided. With the right processes and systems in place, pupils are able to achieve their potential by attending university, completing an FE/HE course, getting paid employment and living more independently. On top of this, there is a legal obligation to provide education for a child, regardless of their needs in the UK.
One principle that underpins our alternative curriculum is ‘the need to support the child or young person, and the child’s parents, in order to facilitate the development of the child or young person and to help them achieve the best possible educational and other outcomes, preparing them effectively for adulthood.’ SEND Code of Practice (January 2015). Pupils with additional needs may need extra help or support, to allow them to have the same opportunities as others of the same age.
Therefore, to meet the diverse educational needs of pupils here at Ark Victoria, we want to offer a range of core and vocational subjects. We want our provision to be specifically built to offer a safe and empathetic place for pupils to learn. We will focus on academia as well as more improving independence, employability and life skills.
When pupils embark on this alternative curriculum we are committed to building the confidence, enthusiasm and employability skills that they will need to continue in education, employment or training when they leave Ark Victoria. In line with our high expectations, the pupils experience a broad, bespoke curriculum that suits their individual needs and enhances their life chances.
For more information about our curriculum at Ark Victoria, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a meeting with our Curriculum Leads:
Mrs L Lee
Mr M Nandi