Key Stage 3 – Years 7 and 8
Key Stage 4 – Years 9, 10 and 11
The Downham Market Academy curriculum offers students a broad range of subjects in Years 7 and 8, where students specialise in year 9 for the key stage 4 courses.
Students can diversify in a range of and academic and vocational options.
The curriculum aspires to provide a quality, broad, interesting and challenging curriculum which ensures students are always ‘ready’ for the next phase of their education.
The curriculum is not just courses, and supported by a strong pastoral and extracurricular program supports students in being versed in British Values and ready for their next stage of Education, Employment or Training; ready for life in modern Britain
In Key Stage 3 students study: English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, Re, French, Art, Music Drama, Information Technology, Design Technology and PE
In Key Stage 3 students are set by ability, with some students following a slightly different shape their day to support their academic progress – these students study all subject areas, but may see subjects combined (for example History, Geography and Re) They have the same curriculum time as other sets, but could have either fewer and longer lessons or more shorter lessons.
Students in Key Stage Four study a core curriculum of: English, Maths, Science, PSE and PE. Student then choose four options from a range of academic and vocation courses, including: Art, Drama, Music, Pe, History, Geography, Re, French, German, Spanish, Health and Social Care, Business Studies, Child Care, Catering, Engineering, Computing, ICT, Product Design, Film Studies, Media Studies.
Some students may substitute by invitation and options choice for additional English or Maths lessons.