At Swindon Academy, we follow the United Learning Key Stage 3 Curriculum that covers key areas of biology, chemistry and physics. We balance opportunities for genuine enquiry and scientific exploration with a rigorous focus on ensuring our students start GCSE Science prepared for success.
Our curriculum is designed with high expectations running throughout. Challenging content that stretches students beyond what they think is possible of themselves, alongside constant and explicit referral to critical literacy and numeracy skills underpinning science. Furthermore, our teachers work hard to ensure that strengths are built on and areas for development are rapidly identified. This shows that we focus our efforts on ensuring students “master” key ideas, skills and knowledge before they move on to more challenging concepts.
In September 2016, Swindon Academy launched its Next Generation Tech Award at Level 2, and BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma for sixth form students at Level 3, which is the equivalent of one and a half A Levels. Engineering is a unique course tailored not only to the needs of the students, but to the needs of local businesses, as well as universities. It is an opportunity for students to not only gain a qualification in engineering, but to gain the skills and knowledge required to become an engineer.
The aim of our engineering course is to develop young talent into engineers who have something to offer, rather than just students with qualifications. This will be achieved by working with local engineering companies, a mentoring programme with engineers from universities, guest speakers, educational visits, work placements, internship programmes, group and individual projects and extra curricula activities including the British Schools Karting Championships and The Greenpower Championship.
There are a number of extra-curricular activities that students can join at Swindon Academy.
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If you would like to find out more about the Science curriculum, please contact the Curriculum Leader, Dr Rowe, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or if you would like to find out more about the Engineering curriculum, please contact Mr Lewis at email@example.com