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Curriculum Statement

Curriculum Rationale at The Dorcan Academy

“World, Work and Wellbeing”

The curriculum at the Dorcan Academy has been designed to facilitate our students in becoming model citizens.

The curriculum aims to prepare our students for the World in the 21st Century, through the provision of a broad and balanced curriculum, which is rich in both traditional and all-encompassing subjects that include:

the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science,

the humanities of Geography, History and RE

the languages of French and Spanish

the 21st Century technologies of Food and Nutrition, Graphics, iMedia, Resistant Materials and Textiles

the health and well-being subjects of Business and Enterprise, Personal, Health and Social Education, Physical Education, Skills for Life and Sports Studies

the expressive arts of Art, Dance, Drama, Music and Photography

the social sciences of Psychology and Sociology

The curriculum aims to prepare our students for WORK. Working with our local Business and Enterprise community, we have identified the wider skills required and introduced the skills for life programme, which encompasses the PHSE, Citizenship and LORIC* skills with elements delivered with a focus on developing the digital skills required. We also believe that learning does not stop in the classroom, and we offer a wide range of additional activities that include the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Our curriculum has the student as a whole individual at the centre, and as well as providing the best opportunities for our students to maximise their potential in terms of outcomes, we are also focussed on ensuring that their emotional and physical WELLBEING is nurtured.

Through the curriculum for life programme, we are ensuring that our students have an opportunity to look at key areas, that support them to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society who have all the skills necessary to flourish and succeed in life. We encourage our students to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and the wider community. In so doing we help develop their sense of self-worth. We teach them how society is organised and governed. We ensure that they experience what British values are for example the process of democracy. We teach them about rights and responsibilities and they learn to appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a diverse multicultural society.

At The Dorcan Academy we aim to create:

ambitious and capable learners

ethical and informed citizens

skilled in 21st century technologies

enterprising, creative and skilled personnel

healthy and confident individuals


All our students have the best opportunities to maximise their potential through being placed in the most appropriate pathway.

The majority of our students will follow the central pathway.

Central Pathway Students may have shown aptitude in several areas of the curriculum, however their current progress suggests that they would benefit from additional lessons in either English or Mathematics as well as focussing on only one language.

Your best student in Maths may very well be in the Central Pathway if they require additional focus on another curriculum area.

Vocational Pathway students follow the central curriculum however in agreement with Mrs Edmonds receive further opportunities to develop their literacy and numeracy instead of studying for a language.

Extended Pathway students will have shown excellent aptitude in English, Maths, Science and Languages as well as an overall positive attitude and effort level.

These students have the opportunity to study an additional language in KS3 as well as lay foundations to study Triple Science at GCSE.

These students will be entered for the full EBACC qualification at GCSE which requires a language in addition to English, Maths, Science and a Global subject.

Russell Group Universities are looking for students who have the EBACC qualification, as are an ever increasing amount of employers.

Curriculum Statement

The curriculum at The Dorcan Academy has been designed to ensure that by the time students take their GCSE examinations in Year 11 they have acquired all the necessary skills and knowledge to do well. Pathways have been created so that students of different abilities and with different interests follow a curriculum that is tailored to their needs. Each pathway offers a broad and balanced curriculum which enables students to have as much choice as possible when choosing future courses and careers.

The majority of students follow the Central Curriculum; which involves them studying the Core subjects of English, Mathematics and Double Science, History and Geography, French, ICT, Religious Education, three technology subjects: Resistant Materials, Graphics, Food and Nutrition and Music, Art, Drama and PE (including PHSE). The aim is for all students to gain 8 good GCSEs including English and Mathematics.

Our most able students (identified as those excelling and/or with high learning potential in English, Maths, Science and Languages) follow an Extended Curriculum which is as above, but with Triple Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) leading to three separate GCSEs and an additional Language, Spanish. The Extended Curriculum students are selected at the end of Term 2 of Year 7 based on CATS tests results and progress and attainment scores at Dorcan.

The Vocational Pathway is specifically tailored to a very small group of students who would find learning a language extremely difficult due to their level of literacy skills and other significant learning issues; an alternative Skills based programme is delivered designed to raise levels of literacy and numeracy.

It is possible to move within the pathways and decisions will be made on a termly basis.

Students have the opportunity to select some options within the technologies and arts going into Year 9 before choosing their final options at the end of Year 9 ready for Year 10.

This year the options offered at Key Stage 4 are as follows:

Geography or History
French or Spanish
Art, Music, Dance, Drama, Graphics, Textiles, Resistant Materials, Food and Nutrition, Psychology, Sociology, Media, Business Enterprise, Sport Studies, Photography and RE.

Please click here for a detailed breakdown of the Academy's curriculum from September 2018

If you require more information about the curriculum on offer at The Dorcan Academy, please contact Mr L Morgans, Assistant Headteacher at the school or email

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8CV Option Form 2019.pdf 26-Feb-2019
8E Option Form 2019.pdf 26-Feb-2019
9C Option Form 2019.pdf 26-Feb-2019
9E Option Form 2019.pdf 26-Feb-2019
9V Option Form 2019.pdf 26-Feb-2019
Year 9 Options Booklet - 201920.pdf 04-Feb-2019
Year 8 Options Booklet - 201920.pdf 04-Feb-2019
Curriculum 2018-19.pdf 20-Nov-2018