Curriculum

The Academy curriculum is designed to support students through their learning journey and to prepare them for their future and the challenges they will face. Our curriculum is enhanced with an enrichment programme where students can take part in activities outside of timetabled lessons that support their growth into well rounded individuals. Our aim is to work with the students so their learning prepares them as global citizens and future ambassadors of Grace Academy Solihull.

Our curriculum aims to get students where they need to be to move onto the next stage of their life. In order to give every student the best opportunity we run a wide ranging curriculum in all subject areas in years 7 , 8 and 9 before they embark on GCSE, Advanced Level (A Levels) and other appropriate vocational courses in Years 10 to 11 (KS4) and sixth form (KS5).

This means that we will work with students to select the most appropriate curriculum for their needs with the overall aim of their leaving the academy with as many of the qualifications they need to succeed in their next steps. It is our intention that as many students as possible achieve good passes in English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, the Sciences and a Humanity. However we want more than this for our students so we are committed to continue to provide students with a wider range of opportunities in a variety of subjects that sit outside the academic core.

As a Business and Enterprise Specialist academy we place emphasis on the enterprise curriculum which provides students with the opportunity of developing skills for success so that they are better prepared for the workplace.

Our Post 16 curriculum is designed to offer a range of level 3 (advanced level) subjects, both academic and vocational, and supports students in moving in to higher education, training, or the world of work. We pride ourselves in not only offering traditional ‘A Levels’ but a range of equivalent vocationally based courses to give students the widest choice possible. Our entire post 16 programme is supplemented with a series of courses and accreditations to prepare students for future life, ranging from ‘certificates in personal financial effectiveness’ to basic skills designed to prepare students to live away from home.

Sex Education

Parents have the right to withdraw their children from all or part of any sex education provided, but not from teaching the biological aspects of human growth and reproduction necessary under National Curriculum Science. The views of parents have been considered within our Relationships and Sex Education policy, and our policy reflects their wishes and the culture of the community served by the Academy.

Religious Education and PSHE

We teach Religious Education and PSHE in a variety of ways; as a discrete subject, and through other areas of the curriculum. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from Religious Education sessions.

Equal Opportunities

The Governing Body of the Academy aims to provide an appropriate learning experience for all students, whatever their colour, origin, culture, gender, religion or ability. The Academy has high expectations of all students. The Academy aims to provide students with the opportunity to learn in an environment free of prejudice. It is the responsibility of all staff to educate against any form of prejudice or negative stereotyping and to ensure that their conduct with students and colleagues reflects this responsibility at all times.

If you would like to know more about our curriculum, please contact the Academy on 0121 329 4600.