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 is designed backwards from university study, through A-Level, GCSE and down to Key Stage 3. Our subject leaders have crafted 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 is clearly defined. All subject areas 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 commit extra curriculum time to English and mathematics in every year group. This allows our pupils to quickly develop literacy and numeracy skills to a very high level.

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

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

Our pupils study:

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

You can download the current Year 7, 8 and 9 Curriculum Information Booklet for current parents & pupils here: 

2021 22 Y7 Curriculum Information Booklet.pdf

2021 22 Y8 Curriculum Information Booklet.pdf

2021 22 Y9 Curriculum Information Booklet.pdf

Beyond the subject curricula, we build on each child’s character and habits to support their academic and personal development. Read more about instilling values here: https://arkpioneer.org/page-strips/instilling-values

Alongside this curriculum, we run a variety of enrichment sessions for our pupils built into the school timetable twice a week. Read more about enrichment here:  https://arkpioneer.org/enrichment 

 

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.

Find out more...

If parents wish to find out more about the curriculum, please see the Curriculum Provision document in the policies section and/or email info@arkpioneer.org with any further questions.