Curriculum Intent and Content


The Orme Academy Ethos and Values

“Empowering Learners for Life”

As a school community, we are all extremely proud and privileged to work at The Orme Academy. Our sole ethos for the school community is ‘Empowering Learners for Life’. Whilst we value the importance of ensuring that every student makes excellent progress, this concept stretches well beyond academic performance. We firmly believe that every aspect of school should equip learners with the knowledge, skills and cultural capital to be successful in all areas of their lives, both now and for their future.

‘Empowering Learners for Life’ is encapsulated within the ACE philosophy for learning as set out below:

ASPIRATION – aspire to be the best you can be and get the best out of life.

CHALLENGE – be resilient when things are difficult, work hard, welcome new experiences and engage in learning.

ENJOYMENT – enjoy all aspects of school and build positive relationships.

Click here to download a copy of The Orme Academy Ethos and Values.


The Orme Academy Curriculum Intent

Curriculum intent

 Click here to download a copy of The Orme Academy overall Curriculum Intent document.


The Curriculum

At Key Stage 3 (Year 7 - 9), all students have dedicated curriculum time to study:

English, Maths, Science, Art, Careers Education, Computing, Drama, Enrichment, French, Geography, History, Music, Physical Education, PSHE, Religious Education and Technology.

This offer continues into Key Stage 4 (Year 10 - 11), with students following a selection of subjects:

All students will study:

English (Literature and Language), Maths, Science (Trilogy or separate Sciences), Careers Education, Core PE, Enrichment, PSHE, an additional EBAC subject (History, Geography, Computer Science or French).

Students can then choose a pathway and study an additional 4 subjects from:

Art, Business Studies, Construction, Computer Science, French, Food and Nutrition, Health and Social Care, History, Geography, Imedia, Music, Physical Education, Performing Arts, Photography, Product Design,  Religious Education, Sports Studies, Travel and Tourism.

Further details about the Key Stage 4 Pathways process can be found here.


Here you will find information about subjects offered from Key Stage 3 onwards.  The Intent and Long Term Plans apply to curriculum across both Key Stages.  The assessment links here apply to how each subject is assessed at Key Stage 3.  Assessment at Key Stage 4 uses the relevant assessment mechanism for that particular subject.  Details can be found on the Key Stage 4 Pathways page.

English:                             Intent             Long term plan             Assessment (KS3)          

Mathematics:                   Intent             Long term plan             Assessment (KS3)

Science:                            Intent             Long term plan             Assessment (KS3)

Art:                                     Intent             Long term plan             Assessment  (KS3)         

Careers Education:         Intent             Long term plan             

Computing:                      Intent             Long term plan             Assessment (KS3)

Drama:                              Intent             Long term plan             Assessment (KS3)

Enrichment:                     Intent             Long term plan             

French:                             Intent             Long term plan             Assessment (KS3)

Geography:                      Intent             Long term plan             Assessment (KS3)

History:                             Intent             Long term plan             Assessment (KS3)

Music:                               Intent             Long term plan             Assessment (KS3)

Physical Education:        Intent             Long term plan             Assessment (KS3)

PSHE/SRE:                       Intent             Long term plan           

Religious Education:      Intent             Long term plan             Assessment (KS3)

Technology:                     Intent             Long term plan (Design)            Assessment (Design)(KS3)
                                                                   Long term plan (Food)               Assessment (Food) (KS3)


Some students may have additional literacy support in Y7 and 8 and some will follow an alternative curriculum in Y9 more suited to their learning needs.


Mrs Woolley (Assistant Principal) has overall responsibility of the curriculum.

The Academy curriculum areas have Heads of Department or area leaders.  Please contact the Academy for further information about a subject area:

English (KS3 English, KS4 Literature, KS4 Language, Literacy) - Mr Nelson

Maths (KS3 and 4 Maths, Numeracy) - Mr Currie

Science (KS3 Science, KS4 Trilogy Science, KS4 Biology, KS4 Chemistry, KS4 Physics) - Mrs Woodall

Art (KS3 Art, KS4 Art, KS4 Photography) - Mrs Henshall-Smith

Careers Education (both Key Stages) - Mrs Woolley

Computing (KS3 Computing, KS4 Business, KS4 Computer Science, KS4 Imedia) - Mr Wilkinson

Drama (KS3 Drama, KS4 Performing Arts) - Mrs Nixon

Enrichment (both Key Stages) - Mrs Woolley

French (both Key Stages) - Mrs Taylor

Geography (KS3 Geography, KS4 Geography, KS4 Travel and Tourism) - Mrs Meir

History (both Key Stages) - Mrs Sayle-Kermode

Music (both Key Stages) - Mr Welsh

Physical Education (KS3 PE, KS4 PE, KS4 Sports Studies) - Mr Jones

PSHE (both Key Stages) - Mrs Woolley

Religious Education (both Key Stages) - Mrs Lovatt

Technology - (KS3 Technology, KS4 Product Design, KS4 Construction, KS4 Food, KS4 Health and Social Care) - Mr Jackson