The principles of Three Rivers Academy are firstly shaped by the trust and then school’s values, mission and vision set out below:
At THPT we will bring out the best by providing a rich experience both within and beyond the classroom.
This will enable all our young people to thrive personally and academically, overcome challenges and make a positive contribution to society.
At Three Rivers Academy, we plan our curriculum to support and challenge students. We intend to make the most of student experiences across a full range of subjects so that they can add context to their learning. We will achieve this through a focus on literacy, numeracy, thinking skills, practical work, independent learning, cross curricular collaboration, and expanding students' knowledge through lessons, extracurricular activities, and working with home.
As a family of schools, we have identified and agreed the following non-negotiables in building and deciding the curriculum:
- The curriculum must be broad and balanced throughout, with the opportunity to study the arts, languages, technology, and sport at KS4
- RSE & HE, RS and the wider curriculum are core components of students’ personal development and must be delivered effectively
- The curriculum is designed to meet the needs of all students’ and offer appropriate progression routes
- We embrace our responsibility to ensure our students achieve the best possible academic outcomes
- Students who have the greatest barriers to success will have their needs prioritised in terms of curriculum and staff deployment
- Class groupings and setting promote students’ self-esteem alongside learning and progress. Rationales should be clear and defensible
KS3 Subjects & Allocations
The KS3 Curriculum is as broad as possible for as long as possible. We have remained loyal to a three-year KS3. Schemes of learning are regularly reviewed, and quality assured so that they remain ambitious and robust. National Curriculum and reflects the local context across three years.
|Year 7||Periods per cycle||Year 8||Periods per cycle||Year 9||Periods per cycle|
|*Year 7 & 8 computing is delivered though other subjects and through sessions during tutor time|
KS4 Subjects & Allocations
In KS4 we have a high ambition for our students and ensure they study Core subjects and to promote STEM through the option of Separate Sciences. We aim to support the next steps and allow students the opportunity to develop in their areas of interest through one guided option and three open options.
|Year 10||Periods per cycle||Year 11||Periods per cycle||Options Subjects:|
|4||Art (fine Art)||History|
|English Literature||4||English Literature||4||Art (Photography)||Hospitality/Catering*|
|7||Maths||7||Art (Textiles)||Media Studies|
|Science -Double||9||Science -Double||9||Business Studies||Music|
|Science - Triple||11||Science - Triple||11||Classics||Physical Education|
PE - Core
|4||PE - Core||4||Computing||Religious Studies|
Guided Choice A8
|5||Guided Choice A8||5||Dance||Sociology|
Open Choice 1
|5||Open Choice 1||5||Design Technology||Spanish|
|Open Choice 2||5||Open Choice 2||5||Drama||Sports*|
|Open Choice 3||5||Open Choice 3||5||Geography||The subject offer changes in relation to cohort & the choices made|
*Current vocational courses available at KS4. Please note that the vocational offer may change each year based on DFE guidance, availability of course and suitability of courses.
Guided Choice A8 includes French, Spanish, Geography & History
Open Choice 1- 3 can be any options subject
RS SC is a GCSE Short Course, but can be offered as a Full Course GCSE
Double Science equates to 2 GCSEs - Biology, Chemistry & Physics results are combined
Triple Science equates to 3 GCSEs - Biology, Chemistry & Physics are graded separately
Three Rivers Academy is fully compliant with the requirement of the Department for Education (DfE) that we promote British values and are embedded into the curriculum and in everything we do (SMSC). These values are defined as:
- The rule of Law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
PSHE will be fully embedded into our Aware curriculum at KS3. This focuses on personal development, welfare, well-being and values as well as awareness and involvement in the school community and wider world.