At Dover Christ Church Academy we offer a curriculum which is broad and balanced. Our explicit curriculum is based closely on the principles, structure and content of the national curriculum. Our implicit curriculum lives in our clear learning culture and in the positive climate of mutual respect we model with our students.
Our curriculum in its entirety promotes the spiritual, social, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of students at the school while also seeking to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life – learning to believe, learning to succeed.Jump to Keystage 3
The organisation of teaching groups
To ensure that we are best meeting the needs of all learners or curriculum model is structured to enable setting across most Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 groups. Setting is based on both external examination data (KS2 National Curriculum results) and internal assessments (NFER CATs – externally marked and validated). Setting is reviewed for all year groups on an on-going basis using internal progress data, teacher assessments and external examination papers to ensure that all students are in the correct groups for their ability and pathway. Teaching groups are blocked in such a way as to enable fine tuning of setting and students can expect to be in different sets for different subjects.Curriculum Design across Key Stages:
Key Stage 3programme with a strong literacy focus at Key Stage 3. With a renewed emphasis on Humanities subjects and the EBAC at GCSE we are remodelling our curriculum to retain a strong focus on English, Mathematics and Science whilst also strengthening our focus on discrete delivery of History, Geography, Modern Foreign Language, Computer Science and Religious Education. As part of this remodelling we are moving from a two year to a three year Key Stage 3 in order to ensure a strong embedding of core knowledge and skills in these subjects as a foundation for strong progress and outcomes at GCSE.
At Key Stage 3 students follow the following curriculum subjects:
Key Stage 4At Dover Christ Church Academy we seek to offer a broad and balanced mix of traditional and vocation subjects built around a strong compulsory core of English, Mathematics, Science and Physical Education. Our Key Stage 4 has in the past been delivered over three years but is in the process of remodelling to a predominantly (but not exclusively) two year model.
At Key Stage 4 students follow the following curriculum subjects:Compulsory Core:
West Ham Football AcademyWe are proud of the rapid growth of our new Football Academy which combines the coaching pedigree of West Ham United with the excellent teaching skills of our own Physical Education department. The balance achieved means that our students enjoy a vibrant footballing culture whilst also achieving good academic progress and outcomes in triple BTEC Sport and Fitness.
What is the CP?The CP is a framework of international education that incorporates the values of the IB into a unique programme addressing the needs of students engaged in career-related education.
The programme leads to further/higher education, apprenticeships or employment.We have worked closely with our Sponsor Canterbury Christ Church University in identifying clear progression routes from our proposed IBCP course into degree level study at CCCU. Dover Christ Church Academy is a candidate school* for the Career- related Programme. This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Dover Christ Church Academy believes is important for our students.
*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit http://www.ibo.org
The CP curriculumCP students undertake a minimum of two IB Diploma Programme (DP) courses, a core consisting of four components and a career-related study.
For CP students, DP courses provide the theoretical underpinning and academic rigour of the programme; the career-related study further supports the programme’s academic strength and provides practical, real-world approaches to learning; and the CP core helps them to develop skills and competencies required for lifelong learning.
The Proposed CP at DCCAAt DCCA this career-related study would comprise of a single or double award BTEC course, Cambridge Technical and/or Applied ‘A’ level. This offer is anticipated to begin in September 2016.
In addition to the IBCP, students in Key Stage 5 may choose to study:Traditional and Applied A levels: