Curriculum Overview

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 curriculum is underpinned by our core values of:

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 through ‘You’re Hired’ 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.