Haven High Academy prides itself on the wide range of subjects and qualifications it offers its students to take.
Our curriculum is designed to be broad, balanced, challenging, and relevant curriculum which promotes their intellectual, physical, personal, social and emotional development. To provide all our students with the core knowledge that is the foundation for their future success.
Broad Balanced Curriculum: This is done through the knowledge provided in all the subjects they partake in and how subjects interleave with each other. We are particularly conscious of the role that literacy and vocabulary plays in unlocking the whole curriculum. A curriculum that is full of powerful knowledge aim is to create socially mobile young people by giving them opportunities to pursue careers they are passionate about.
Assessment: Common assessments in most subjects which are taken by students’ year on year ensure a consistent approach. These are high quality summative assessments which allow students to demonstrate their growing understanding of their subjects and teachers to assess the impact of their teaching. These summative assessments are typically taken two or three times a year. Our formative assessments are designed to support students in achieving fluency in each subject. This means that in lessons students are quizzed on prior knowledge in order to embed this knowledge in their long-term memory. This frees up their working memory to attend to current learning. Knowledge organisers provide students with key information in each subject, enabling them to develop their understanding of key concepts outside of their lessons.
Transition: From day one we want our students to be working at their true potential. This is achieved through positive dialogue with our primary partners and working with them in the development of both our curriculum. We also want our students to be successful when they leave Haven High. Students are given the opportunity to develop their career thinking and to acquire important career management and employability skills.
Reading: We recognise that the academic success of our students is dependent on them being fluent and proficient readers. To encourage all students to read widely, once a week all members of the Academy partake in our Drop Everything And Read (DEAR) initiative, allowing students to engage in their own reading whilst demonstrating reading as a lifelong occupation of the teachers. Our World Book Day celebrations create an immersive reading experience involving local bookshops and Boston library, and our students are issued a Rooted in Reading passport to track their personal reading and encourage them to extend the range of texts they encounter. We recognise that reading for pleasure is one of the greatest determining factors of academic success and therefore encourage students to read for 20 minutes per night.
Wider Curriculum: Our students experience a rich and varied curriculum which is not just based in the classroom and contributes towards them developing important ‘skills for life’ such as self-awareness, compassion, teamwork, personal organisation and leadership. This is achieved through an extensive menu of extra-curricular clubs and many learning experiences outside of the classroom including trips, concerts, performances and awards evenings.
Every child has an equal right to a challenging and enlightening curriculum. By teaching this curriculum well, and developing effective habits in our students, we bring out the best in everyone.
Year 7 and 8: The curriculum model is based on a 26 period timetable split into two bands, H and W. Students study a wide range of subjects including the core subject, humanities, languages and the arts. Years 7 and 8 aims to provide a secure foundation and subsequent extension of prior knowledge, skills and understanding before broadening out into an ambitious and varied curriculum through our Year 9 ‘Options’ programme. The National curriculum content is carefully tracked to ensure that students have covered all areas of non-statutory KS4 subjects by the end of Year 8.
Bridging Year 9: The curriculum offer is expanded in year 9 to suit the individual needs of all our students and include more vocational subjects alongside the traditional EBACC subjects. Students can choose 3 subjects that they will study for 2 periods a week using the time to develop the knowledge skills required for their chosen subjects in KS4. There is an additional program of study for all students in History, Geography, a conversational MFL and ICT lesson the purpose of which is to continue the development of our students. All students will also study Maths, English, Science, PE, RE and PHSE.
KS4: Students in year 10 and 11 start their programs of study in accordance with the exam boards they are sitting. Within the option subjects, the academy offers a range of different accreditation routes including academic and vocational options. This ensures equity of delivery, with all students having equal access to subjects. The options are designed to stretch and challenge students and to meet the demands of the local labour market. Students are offered a mixture of practical and academic subjects from all areas of the curriculum.
Subject-specific assessment and vision: Each SoL has assessment built in, allowing students to practice knowledge retrieval and show understanding, before the End of Year Assessment. Revision is built into schemes of learning, focusing on retrieval practice (recall of the key knowledge) and elaboration (making links between ideas).
Co-Planning: Departments have timetabled meetings to train and intellectually prepare for teaching our curriculum, focusing on adapting base lessons.
Values: Haven High curriculum is founded on our five core values:
Progress – To develop improve and advance.
Resilience – The capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.
Integrity – The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles.
Disciplined – Showing a controlled form of behaviour or way of working.
Excellence – The quality of being outstanding or extremely good.
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At Haven High Academy we offer a wide choice of subjects in Key Stage 4 but ensure that students retain breadth, balance and relevance. Students are prepared for examinations that match their interests and abilities. The main forms of examination are GCSE, but the BTEC courses have external examinations alongside portfolio work. Other courses are assessed through portfolio and practical work.
Year 8 students and their parents/carers are informed of the options available during Term 4 and, following full consultation with staff, will make their choices from the option subjects listed below. The core subjects of English, English Literature, Mathematics and Trilogy Science double award, lead to full GCSE qualifications
The Academy takes the opportunity to disapply certain aspects of the curriculum for those students more suited to a Work Related Learning programme. This may take the form of a Work Placement or suitable course available in partnership with Boston College, First Steps or other appropriate provider. Students opting for this route gain accreditation such as Key Skills and Skills for Working Life.
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Options Choices at Haven High Academy
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We aim to provide students with a rich curriculum that aids in opening the doors to a range of different job opportunities.
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British Values Statement
The Department for Education has introduced a statutory duty for schools to promote British values more actively and to ensure they are taught in schools.
Haven High Academy is committed to serving its community and recognises the multicultural, multi-faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom. Haven High also understands the vital role it has in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.
Haven High follows equal opportunities guidance and will not tolerate discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar.
We here at Haven High Academy are dedicated to preparing students for their adult life beyond the formal, examined curriculum and ensuring that we promote and reinforce British values to all our students.
The government defined British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy.
The five key British values are:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.
All curriculum areas provide a vehicle for furthering understanding of these concepts and, in particular, our RE, PSHE and Citizenship lessons provide excellent opportunities to deepen and develop understanding.
This policy is reviewed at regular intervals in line with our approach to refine review and improve our curriculum offering at every opportunity.