The overarching goal of the curriculum at Castle Mead Academy is to give all pupils access to the best which has been thought, said, written and created in every field of human endeavour.
The curriculum is framed with the intention of producing well-balanced pupils, prepared for the responsibilities and opportunities that arise throughout life and to prepare pupils for the challenges of the 21st century. It extends knowledge, experience and imagination in ways which develop critical and analytical capability, awareness of moral values and capacity for enjoyment.
The pupils’s spirtual, moral and ethical development is addressed through the formal curriculum in a number of subjects, including religious education lessons. It also occurs informally through assemblies, numerous extra-curricular activities, residential experiences and in other intangible ways which permeate the ethos of the academy.
Castle Mead Academy has a full and well established PSHE programme which is delivered to all pupils by their own tutors as part of the tutor/PSHE programme. It is also delivered by outside providers who have specialisms in required areas. Pupils are therefore, prepared for their roles as citizens. All pupils receive careers advice and have the benefit of taking part in leadership activities as well as work related and enterprise opportunities.
Courses of study
Year 7: English, Mathematics, Science, French, History, Geography, Religious Studies, Music, Art, ICT, Physical Education and PSHCE.
Year 8: The above curriculum is continued.
Year 9: The above curriculum continues and a course is begun in Careers Education.
Physical Education includes a wide range of activities including, football, hockey, handball, cricket, netball, tennis, orienteering, health and fitness, gymnastics, basketball, badminton, volleyball, table tennis, dodgeball, athletics, rounders, softball. Also, dance is taught to all students at KS3.
Year 10 and 11: Pupils study English (Language and Literature), Mathematics, Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics), a Modern Language, Religious Education and Physical Education. They may also choose additional subjects from a broad range including Spanish, Business Studies, Computing, Art, Photography, Drama, Dance, Music, Sport, Product Design, Textiles, Food and Nutrition.