Curriculum

The aim of our curriculum is to provide our pupils with a coherent, content-rich and cumulative academic experience that will develop their cultural literacy and ensure outstanding academic achievement.

Core Curriculum:

At Ark Pioneer, the curriculum in each subject area will be designed backwards from university study, through A-Level, GCSE and down to Key Stage 3. Our subject leaders will craft a rigorous curriculum in each subject that promotes curiosity and develops a depth of understanding. At each point the knowledge, conceptual understanding and skills that need to be mastered in order to move on will be clearly defined. All subject areas will prepare our pupils for future study within this discipline, leaving no doors closed to pupils as they narrow their choices later in their education.

We will commit extra curriculum time to English and mathematics in every year group. This will allow our pupils to quickly develop literacy and numeracy skills to a very high level.

Our curriculum will be organised into three cycles which will be assessed through formal examinations during assessment point 1 (December), assessment point 2 (April) and at the end of year exams (June). Parents will be invited to meet teachers three times a year to discuss their child’s progress.

In addition, we will build on each child’s character and habits to support their academic and personal development. Discussions, assemblies and presentations by external speakers will give pupils the language and structure to explore issues relevant to society, while also instilling the values that will guide their personal development. Pupils will also develop the skills needed to succeed at university and in the workplace. They will learn to be independent and organised. We will teach them how to take notes and conduct research, how to listen, discuss and debate; they will be confident speaking in public.

Alongside this curriculum, we will run a variety of enrichment sessions for our pupils. We want them to develop interests and passions that will give them enjoyment throughout their lives. Pupils will be able to choose from activities ranging from cooking, debating and drama to coding, football and playing in our orchestra. In addition to this, we will offer subsidised music lessons for all pupils.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum:

In years 7 to 9, we will offer a rich and varied curriculum, designed to prepare pupils fully for GCSEs, A Levels and university.

Our pupils will study:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • History
  • Geography
  • Philosophy, Religion and Ethics
  • Modern Foreign Language
  • Art, Design and Technology
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Physical Education

 

Key Stage 4 Curriculum:

Our pupils will study the following English Baccalaureate (Ebacc) subjects at key stage 4:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • History and/or Geography
  • Modern Foreign Language

They will also have the option to choose two additional subjects, including:

  • Art
  • Design and Technology
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Education
  • Computer Science

We discuss individual curriculum pathways with pupils and their parents particularly in year 9 and year 11, as students prepare for the transition to Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5.

 

Key Stage 5 Curriculum:

Ark Pioneer will open its sixth form in 2024 after our 2019 founder pupils complete GCSEs and will offer A level courses across a range of academic subjects.