Curriculum Overview

Ossett Academy has established a curriculum that provides a deep learning experience for all students, providing them with the skills and competences for lifelong learning. The academy aims to provide a curriculum that:

1. Shows due regard for statutory and entitlement elements of the nationally prescribed curriculum.

2. Is tailored to the individual needs of students, providing opportunities for fast-tracking or consolidation of skills.

3. Enables all students to become successful learners with transferable skills, who:

  • Have the essential learning skills of literacy, numeracy, and information and communication technology.
  • Are creative and resourceful and are able to identify and solve problems.
  • Have enquiring minds and think for themselves to process information, reason, question and evaluate.
  • Understand how they learn and how to learn from their mistakes.
  • Are able to learn independently and with others.
  • Have a sense of self-worth and personal identity.
  • Have secure values and beliefs and have principles to distinguish right from wrong.
  • Make healthy lifestyles choices.
  • Are physically competent and confident.
  • Take managed risks and stay safe.
  • Recognise their talents and have ambitions.
  • Have an understanding and empathy of other cultures and British Values.

4. Allows for personalisation and choice within a structured support system of Information, Advice and Guidance at Key Stage 4 and 5.

5. Maximises opportunities for success and personalisation by providing a choice of flexible pathways and choice within each pathway at Key Stage 4 and 5.

6. Provides opportunities for students to learn beyond the boundaries of individual subjects and the confines of the classroom.


Key Stage 3:

  • Prior data and information from primary schools are used to place students into two populations of comparable ability on entry to the academy.
  • Students are taught in sets or mixed ability groups, within each population.
  • All students follow the statutory national curriculum subjects and programmes of study, plus others that enhance their experiences.
  • There are opportunities for students to receive extra support/consolidation or extension activities.
  • All students study a traditional curriculum, which includes: Art, Drama, English, Geography, History, ICT, Life (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education and Religious Studies), Maths, a Modern Foreign Language, Music, PE, Science and Technology.

Key Stage 4:

  • At KS4 a number of accredited qualifications at Entry Level, GCSE and BTEC are available.
  • Students are able to choose a number of option subjects alongside their core subjects of Maths, English Language, English Literature and Science (Trilogy or Separate Sciences – Biology, Chemistry and Physics).
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The Accord Multi Academy Trust is an educational charity established in September 2016 that is currently made up of four academies who were the founding members of the Trust. In September 2016 Horbury Academy and Ossett Academy & Sixth Form College came together, moving away from their stand-alone Trust status and were joined in December 2016 by Horbury Primary Academy and Middlestown Primary Academy.

The overarching vision for the Trust is to work in one ‘Accord – celebrating the differences of each academy through strong collaboration in order to inspire all members of our learning community to be the best that they can be.

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