Curriculum Intent and Overview

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 values 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.

You can find details about each subject by visiting the relevant subject page (under Curriculum - Subject tab).



Curriculum Leadership

Mrs Woolley (Assistant Principal) has overall responsibility for 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) - Mr Nelson

Maths (KS3 and 4 Maths, Numeracy) - Miss Bashton (HoD) or Mr Paterson (Lead Practitioner - Maths)

Science (KS3 Science, KS4 Trilogy Science, KS4 Biology, KS4 Chemistry, KS4 Physics) - Mrs Woodall (HoD) or Mrs Scott (Lead Practitioner - Science)

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

Careers Education (both Key Stages) - Mrs Woolley

Computing (KS3 Computing, KS4 Computer Science, KS4 Imedia) - Miss Wright

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

Enrichment (both Key Stages) - Mrs Woolley

French (both Key Stages) - Mrs Taylor

Geography (KS3 Geography, KS4 Geography, KS4 Travel and Tourism) - Mrs Meir (HoD) or Mrs Parmar (Head of Faculty)

History (both Key Stages) - Mr Charlesworth (SL) or Mrs Parmar (Head of Faculty)

Music (both Key Stages) - Mr Welsh

Physical Education (KS3 PE, KS4 PE, KS4 Sports Studies, KS4 Health and Social Care) - Mr Jones

PSHE (both Key Stages) - Mrs Woolley

Religious Education (both Key Stages) - Mrs Parmar

Technology - (KS3 Technology, KS4 Product Design, KS4 Construction, KS4 Food) - Mr Jackson