Our curriculum is underpinned by our core values of:
The curriculum at Ormiston Meridian Academy is designed around our ambition to ‘Shape lives, build ambitions and ignite futures’. We are dedicated to creating a community that is characterised by strong and positive relationships. We aim to provide an outstanding education, with a curriculum that is broad, balanced, inspiring and inclusive for all students. Providing all students with the very best opportunities to fulfil their potential and enabling students to be successful in life beyond the academy.
At Ormiston Meridian Academy, students learn in a safe, supportive environment where they develop the confidence, leadership and teamwork skills to be effective learners and become active, successful and responsible citizens of the future.
Our transition programme enables us to develop strong relationships and personal knowledge of all our students. Visiting all of our feeder schools and speaking to key staff enables us to quickly get to know individuals and create a supportive ethos. The SENCO meets with the SEND lead in our primary feeder schools to discuss the needs of identified students to ensure that the correct support is in place before students arrive with us in September. Students identified as more vulnerable are given bespoke transition with individual/small group visits. In addition to this we have a key team of form tutors that are specific to Y7 and over the years have developed expertise around providing a safe supportive environment allowing students to flourish when they arrive. We also offer a Transition day which provides all students with the chance to visit the academy, get to know their new form staff and familiarise themselves with the building. We have also developed a comprehensive transition offer from academic departments: working with individual feeder primaries on projects such as STEM days, poetry skills, shows and sporting activities. By providing a range of experiences, including arts, sports and academic subjects we ensure that all of our new Y7 students already know the academy having worked with many of their teachers and support staff. Our students arrive feeling confident and secure in Y7 having already had experience of working together in their new environment with students from both our school and our partner primary schools. On the first day in September, Y7 students arrive before everyone else and parent/carers are invited to attend a family breakfast. After this, families can stay and watch as their child is welcomed into the academy during our tie giving ceremony; this highlights the importance we place on building strong relationships between staff, students and parents.
Headteachers from our feeder primaries are invited in during the autumn term where they observe Y7 students in lessons. This allows them to see how students have settled and together we identify areas to improve cross-phase transition.
Key Stage 3 Curriculum
At Key Stage 3, all students follow the National Curriculum by studying English, Mathematics, Science, Art, Geography, History, ICT, French, Performing Arts (Music, Dance and Drama), Physical Education, Religious Education and Design Technology. The Key Stage 3 curriculum develops a strong foundation for these subject areas, strengthening skills and building knowledge required for further study, whilst striving to develop a passion and enthusiasm for learning. The curriculum and schemes of learning are as least as ambitious as the national curriculum requires. (Please see the national curriculum aims and targets for each subject within the subject areas on the website).
Catch Up Premium (CUP)
Our curriculum and provision for Catch Up Premium students addresses gaps in pupils’ knowledge and skills in literacy and numeracy. The programme equips our students with the literacy and numeracy capabilities needed to take advantage of current and future opportunities, responsibilities and experiences in life, to powerfully address social disadvantage. The academy identifies Catch Up Premium students as those who achieved less than 87.00 in their KS2 scaled score in reading and 90.00 in maths. We use additional funding to implement effective interventions in order for these students to make accelerated progress in order to catch up and keep up with their peers.
Identified CUP students follow their own bespoke pathway in year 7 which allows them to access a variety of interventions for both literacy and numeracy. It also provides them with an additional 9 hours of literacy support over a two week cycle. Students in the CUP group benefit from a variety of interventions that have a proven record of supporting students to make progress. These interventions include Project X Reading and Writing, Bedrock learning to support with the development of vocabulary, Fresh Start and SMART reading. The Times Table Rockstars programme helps to support the fundamentals in mathematics. In addition to this, the group also benefit from enrichment trips designed to build cultural capital and inspire them to put their growing literacy and numeracy skills into practice.
Students follow the curriculum through a two week timetable, with 50 lessons a fortnight with the following subject allocations:
|Key Stage 3||Lessons per fortnight|
|ICT / Computing / Business||2|
|Design Technology: Food; Graphics; Product Design; Textiles Design||3|
Key Stage 4 Curriculum
Key Stage 4 is currently introduced in Year 9 (by 2020, this will move to year 10 to enable more students to develop the MFL skills in years 7-9 to be able to access the more academic Ebacc suite of subjects). Our options pathways process is based on prior attainment, internal assessments, the interests, the abilities and aptitude of the students and they are supported at an individual level to help them choose the subjects that are right for them. All students can access all of the subjects on offer. We offer a wide range of GCSE and Vocational qualifications. All students study english, mathematics and science (many taking triple science). In addition, all students take part in timetabled physical education and PSHE lessons.
Key Stage 4 Curriculum
|Key Stage 4||Lessons per fortnight|
|Free Choice of 4 subjects from:|
|GCSE – Art, History, Geography, Religious Studies, Film Studies, Psychology, Computer Science, French, Spanish, Urdu, Art Textiles
Vocational qualifications – (Btec First and Tech Awards/Cambridge Nationals) – Travel and Tourism, Digital Information Technology, Dance, Drama, Music, Health and Social Care, Sport Activity and Fitness, Engineering, Hospitality and Catering, Enterprise and Marketing
Curriculum Enrichment and Cultural Capital
We believe that learning must be extended beyond the classroom in order to create successful citizens alongside the development of academic and practical knowledge and skills. Therefore, Ormiston Meridian Academy offer a broad range of experiences including Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, Higher Horizons, Leading Lights project with the Ocean Youth Trust South and working with the Princes Trust to improve self-esteem through business partnerships.Curriculum Enrichment and Cultural Capital
The curriculum is enhanced and enriched in a variety of ways, offering support and challenge via a range of subject-linked opportunities and extra-curricular activities. The P.E department is well recognised within the city for providing outstanding opportunities within sports, which leads to many students returning to us for coaching experience. The Performing Arts Department has recently acquired a brand new performance space, which will enable the expansion of extracurricular provision further. We now have a specialist working space including a Dance and Drama studio, which hosts clubs and workshops along with the many opportunities that Performing Arts offer already such as visits, performances and dance competitions to name a few.
Ormiston Meridian Academy have recently launched a new and exciting Extra-Curricular programme. As cited in our mission statement, ‘We strive to ensure that our students lead happy, successful and exciting lives that are underpinned by an excellent education’ and this extends beyond the classroom as we endeavour to ‘shape the whole child’. Our vision for Extra-Curricular activities is to create a vibrant hub of activity around the academy after lessons have ended and to provide fun and enjoyable clubs that provide different opportunities for students, which will help in ‘Shaping Lives, Building Ambition and Igniting futures’.
There is a comprehensive programme of enrichment opportunities, which features over 23 clubs and groups that students can choose to engage with to improve their cultural capital through additional experiences and opportunities in wider curriculum areas. These include: