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.

Shaping Lives

Our Personal Development Curriculum is designed to shape the ‘whole’ child. We aim to develop leadership traits, independent learners who are confident and resilient.  Talent is nurtured and opportunities provided to develop interests and passions enabling students to become successful citizens who demonstrate tolerance and respect. The ‘OMERA Personal Development Curriculum’ includes PSHE, SRE, SMSC, Fundamental British Values (delivered through form time, assemblies, PSHE lessons and RE lessons) and a wide range of extra-curricular activities. The curriculum entitlement and opportunities are underpinned by a strong sense of ‘belonging’ through our successful House system and linked rewards system. The importance of healthy lifestyles are encouraged through our PE curriculum, PSHE programme, the food and nutrition programme in DT and many other curriculum areas.

Building ambition  

We offer a broad and balanced curriculum at KS3 that is at least as ambitious as the National Curriculum.

 At key stage 4 there is a wide range of academic and technical qualifications on offer, which provide learners of all abilities the opportunity to thrive, enjoy their studies and to achieve well whilst preparing them for the next stage of education or training. The development of literacy and numeracy is integral to all curriculum areas in all year groups enabling all students to access the taught curriculum. A bespoke reading programme at key stage 3 encourages students to develop a love of reading whilst developing their understanding of Fundamental British Values

Home and Independent Learning (HAIL), often using online learning platforms, supports learning in all subject areas.

Igniting futures

Our Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) starts during the Transition at Year 6 and is taught in every year group through PSHE and in all subjects. Impartial careers support is provided by the City Careers Service.

We connect learning to real-life contexts using WOW (World of Work) lessons to ensure all our students are well-prepared for an ever-changing, demanding and modern world. We provide in-depth knowledge regarding the vast range of opportunities and experiences that are available to them as young adults. Our Post -16 progression routes are well established as we work closely with Further Education and Higher Education establishments, including local colleges, universities and apprenticeship providers. Our aim is to ensure all of our students are prepared for the next phase of learning and ultimately employment.


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.

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
English (Year 7)
English (Year 8)
English (Year 9)
Mathematics (Year 7)
Mathematics (Year 8)
Mathematics (Year 9)
Science (Year 7)
Science (Year 8)
Science (Year 9)
ICT / Computing / Business
Physical Education
Design Technlogy: Food; Graphics; Product Design; Textiles Design
Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Key Stage 4 is introduced in Year 10. Our options 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.  Students in year 10 have 2 additional lessons of RE.

Key Stage 4 Lessons per fornight
English (Year 10)
English (Year 11)
Mathematics (Year 10)
Mathematics (Year 11)
Physical Education

Free Choice of 3 subjects from:

GCSE - Art, History, Geography,

Religious Studies, Psychology, Business Studies,

Computer Science, French, Urdu, Art Textiles


Vocational Qualifications – (Btec First and Tech Awards/Cambridge Nationals) –

Travel and Tourism, Dance, Drama, Music, Health and Social Care,

Sport Activity and Fitness, Engineering, Hospitality and Catering

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, Stoke City Partnership and working with the Princes Trust to improve self-esteem through business partnerships.

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 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:

  • Kickboxing
  • Rugby
  • Choir
  • Street Dance
  • Drama Players
  • Football
  • Computer
  • Gaming
  • Swimming
  • Baking and Cooking
  • Cheerleading
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Dance Performance Group
  • Reading and Homework (HAIL)
  • The Big Bang Science club
  • Netball
  • MAGIC (Maths, Games and Chess club)
  • Street Dance