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Curriculum Overview

Curriculum Overview

At the Co-op Academy Priesthorpe we provide an enjoyable, varied and exciting curriculum that equips students with the skills, knowledge, understanding and exceptional outcomes they need to make a success of their lives.

We continually evaluate and adapt what we offer to ensure it is coherent, high quality and provides inclusive opportunities for all with the thread of the co-operative values and principles running through it.

Our curriculum is designed to ensure all of our students:

  • are successful regardless of age, gender, ability, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or economic circumstances
  • have high aspirations and know how they can achieve them
  • know how to learn successfully, and keep themselves safe and healthy
  • develop functional skills including reading, writing, oracy and numeracy
  • develop knowledge and cultural capital to understand, engage with and influence the world around them
  • are community minded with a willingness to involve themselves and volunteer
  • have had the opportunity to engage with employees and members of the Co-op to assist in their preparation for work and later education and employment choices in life
  • are successful in entering the world of training, education or employment equipped with the necessary skills, knowledge, resilience, confidence and self-esteem to succeed as active members of society.

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 students study a broad range of subjects which not only prepares them for their examination courses to come, but also develops their skills as a learner and values as a young person. At Key Stage 3 students are taught either in sets or in mixed ability groups depending on the subject.

All students follow a programme of study, which includes:

  • Maths • Physical education
  • English • Religious studies
  • Science • Geography
  • French or Spanish • Art
  • Drama • Technology
  • Computing • Music
  • History • Mindset

The aims of the National Curriculum at Key Stage 3 are fully covered in Year 7 and 8. The breadth and depth of coverage ensures firm foundations for strong progress and attainment, evident in our improving outcomes for all learners. This has enabled us to extend Key Stage 4 to three years. Students begin option choices in Year 9 to ensure:


  • breadth within the curriculum. Students are able to study 4 option choices. This maintains a broad balance of subjects for individual students and increases opportunities for students to study Ebacc subjects. As a result, Arts subjects also remain very popular choices at Key Stage 4.
  • depth of coverage. The model of delivery ensures sufficient time to fully cover the detail of specification content and maximise opportunities to secure the highest grades;
  • high levels of engagement. Student voice and Engagement in Learning data indicate high levels of motivation when students have an earlier degree of control over their programme of study.

Key Stage 4

In Year 9, options are delivered with a strong focus around skills development and gaining a wider understanding of the subject. This may take the form of projects. This style of delivery aims to develop a love of learning of each subject and provide opportunities to further develop cultural capital. In the majority of subjects, the delivery of GCSE content is delayed until HT3 in Year 9.

All students follow a programme of study, which includes:

  • Maths • Physical education
  • English • Religious studies
  • Science

Separate sciences are delivered to all students from Year 9. The opportunity to take triple science is open to all. During YR10, assessments inform key decisions around who should progress into YR11 onto triple and who should consolidate learning and focus on securing the best possible grades on the Trilogy course.

In addition, students select 4 options from the following:

  • History • Geography
  • French • Spanish
  • Business • Art
  • Drama • Food
  • Construction • Engineering
  • Computing • Media
  • Religious Education • Child Development
  • Health & Social Care • Statistics and Further Maths
  • Sociology • PE
  • Sport Studies • Dance

All students must include either History or Geography as part of their choices. Individual meetings with staff support every student in identifying the best personal option courses which will support their career aspirations and offer them the most opportunities for success as individuals.

As a Growth Mindset school we actively encourage challenge, resilience and effort in all of our students, based on the principles of ‘Growth Mindsets’ by psychologist Carol Dweck. 

Find out about our Growth Mindset Curriculum.

Our Co-op Values are part of everything we do, which work really well alongside the defined British Values.

Click for more information about how our curriculum promotes these values, to prepare our students for a Modern Life in Britain. 

For more information on our curriculum please see the links below

Year 7 Course Overview

Year 8 Course Overview

Year 9 Curriculum Overview

Year 10 & Year 11 Curriculum Overview

KS4 Information Booklet

For more information on our curriculum

Please call or email, Mrs Louise Pratt, Vice Principal.