Learning and Teaching

Our Curriculum

Broadlands Academy delivers the National Curriculum at Key Stages 3 and 4. For post 16, many of our students go on to study A/AS Levels at the nearby St Brendan’s Sixth Form College or the Sixth Form at Wellsway School or Norton Radstock College.

At Key Stage 3, students receive a broad and balanced curriculum, with special emphasis placed on improving literacy and numeracy as well as developing ICT skills. An Accelerated Reader programme supports all KS3 students.

In Year 10, students have the opportunity to choose the combination of subjects they wish to pursue in Key Stage 4. Some core subjects, such as Maths, English and Science are compulsory. Students are encouraged to pursue a range of GCSE and vocational courses to ensure the needs of each individual student are met.

Following assessment of progress at Key Stage 3, for some students, an alternative curriculum is offered at Key Stage 4, with continuing emphasis on literacy and numeracy combined with weekly work experience opportunities. The alternative curriculum is only offered with the support of the individual student and their parent or carer.

How do we organise learning?

At Key Stage 3, for most subjects, students are placed in groups appropriate to their ability in the subject. Such setting enables the teacher to achieve the best learning experience for each group of students. Further, the teacher will set different tasks and activities for students within each group to meet their individual learning style. Where appropriate, some subject areas are taught to mixed ability groups.

At Key Stage 4, students are placed in groups in core subjects appropriate to their ability in that core subject. Option subjects are taught in mixed ability groups on the whole with differentiated tasks which challenge every learner at whatever their level.

Organisation of Curriculum Subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science and Computer Science
  • Technology
  • Creative Arts
  • Spanish
  • Humanities
  • PE

In addition to the above subjects taught at Broadlands Academy, the cross faculty Year Tutor Teams deliver the PSHEE Curriculum, including Citizenship, as part of focussed timetable mornings.

Additional Learning

iLearn Centre

The iLearn Centre provides learning facilities to staff and students, including the Library and development of e-based learning resources. Facilities include laptops, ICT suites and an iMACCentre.

Learning Support Centre

The Learning Support Centre (LSC) provides additional support to students with special educational needs and disabilities as well as focussing on developing numeracy and literacy skills. A specialist team supports our students in and out of lessons.