Curriculum Statement

Our curriculum fosters independence and nurtures talents. It is focused on ensuring all our pupils achieve absolutely their full potential. We believe passionately that our curriculum should be broad and balanced and provide a broad range of experiences for our students.

At The Academy, Selsey we see each young person as unique, and we celebrate this uniqueness through aiming to ensure they:

  • Are successful and ambitious learners who enjoy creative, dynamic and reflective learning

  • Are supported, challenged and equipped for the future

  • Develop as confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives

  • Develop community values and take responsibility for themselves and others, making a positive contribution to society


Our intent supports our aims through a broad, balanced, relevant and ambitious curriculum for all our students, which fosters an aspirational culture of high achievement. It is aligned with the National Curriculum and our core values (PRIDE).

We aim to develop and deliver a coherent and well-sequenced curriculum, which widens the experiences of young people, building on their prior learning.

We view the curriculum as the total of a students' experience of education with a clear focus on:

  • The highest quality of teaching and learning

  • Explicitly and expertly taught subject knowledge

  • The development of broader skills and personal qualities

  • Developing deep subject knowledge for lifelong learning and enrichment within and beyond the curriculum

  • Successfully adapting, designing and developing a curriculum to meet the needs of all our learners.

Because of this, our students will be:


Respectful, kind, responsible citizens who celebrate diversity and contribute to their community.

Independent learners, who are confident, self-assured and highly successful

Determined to know more and remember more.

Engaged fully in their learning


Our 5 year curriculum learning journey has been developed to allow depth and breadth of knowledge, to build cultural capital and equip our students with the skills needed to be successful life-long learners.

Reading, literacy and numeracy are at the heart of our curriculum; students have the opportunity to develop their reading through our successful Accelerated Reader programme. Reciprocal reading and numeracy skills are part of our daily tutor programme.

Our curriculum is mapped out for each year group and cross-referenced against departments. This allows students to develop transferable skills, giving them the ability to adapt to different challenges which is vital to life beyond school.

Beyond the classroom, we aim to open the door to a wide range of experiences. All subjects provide additional learning contexts including annual school productions and sporting teams in the majority of disciplines. You can find more information on these on the subject pages.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)

Our 3-year Key Stage 3 curriculum builds on the knowledge gained at KS2 and gives students the tools they need to carry on to KS4 and beyond.

Alongside mathematics, English, sciences, religious studies and physical educations, KS3 students study a broad range of non-core subjects from day one. Art, performing arts, digital technology, and technology, ensure their curriculum give students a broad experience. We have recently increased the curriculum time in Spanish in Years 7 to 9.

Towards the end of Year 9, students choose their exam options. Parents and students are supported through these choices by expert tutors and subject teachers, along with a comprehensive CEIAG programme.

Beyond the core offer, all students from Year 7 benefit from an extended school day including both enrichment and additional academic experiences.

Parents can find out more about curriculum the school is following by consulting our Curriculum Maps:

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 & 11)

Our KS4 curriculum has flexibility and choice, whilst still being structured and appropriate, and allows our pupils to access the full EBACC. In creating our KS4 offer, we listen to pupil voice and where possible find creative ways to facilitate courses where pupil numbers are small.

Students at Key Stage 4 can study a range of qualification to support career progression and maximize their potential. The qualifications on offer include traditional GCSE subjects, alongside vocational or technical qualifications. Students are advised on the correct balance of subjects to enable them to succeed at Key Stage 4

All our students study:

  • GCSE English

  • GCSE English Literature

  • GCSE Mathematics

  • GCSE Science (either Combined or Triple)

  • GCSE Citizenship, which includes RE and PSHE

  • Physical Education

They can choose four subjects from the following:

  • History

  • Geography

  • French

  • Spanish

  • IT

  • Computer Science (Extra-curricular)

  • Food and Catering

  • Product Design

  • Art

  • Music

  • Drama

  • Sport / Physical Education

  • Business Studies / Enterprise

  • Child Development







In every subject, pupils follow a 5-year flight path in their subject which continually builds on their prior knowledge and understanding to give greater breadth and depth to the subject. Every subject follows their own personalised scheme of work which has been moderated externally by academies who have been graded “outstanding” by OFSTED and achieve high attainment and progress measures in their GCSE outcomes. Every department has designed their own marking policy which is designed to fit their subject most appropriately. Every term marking is moderated externally with other academies who study the same specifications and who have been graded “outstanding” by OFSTED and achieve high attainment and progress measures in their GCSE outcomes to ensure best practise is matched.

Students are assessed regularly using a variety of methods to ensure that the learning has been effective and any gaps in knowledge can be addressed.

The methods to assess pupils include:

• Knowledge tests

• End of term tests

• End of year exams

• Verbally in lessons

• Using AFL Techniques

• Mini Quizzes (Whiteboards)

• Any other creative techniques teachers feel are effective in their subjects.

Students are monitored and tracked by each curriculum leader.

For any further information regarding our Curriculum please contact Mrs Ford at