Curriculum 2018-2019

At Trentham Academy we pride ourselves on ensuring that all students are successful in their learning. In order to do this, we ensure our students have a broad and balanced curriculum which is relevant and in the best interest of our learners. We focus on supporting all students to make exceptional progress in all subjects that they are studying. Our curriculum focuses on high expectations of achievement for all; this is supported through the highly personalised teaching in the classroom.

The start of Year 7 marks an exciting phase in the lives of our students. It is the period when they build on their primary education. Once students reach Year 8 they begin to prepare for their preference choices, which are chosen in the Spring Term of Year 8. Our curriculum is designed so that students can master the basics across a range of subjects as well as offer more flexibility, so that teachers can tailor their teaching to students’ specific needs and aspirations.

We offer a broad and balanced curriculum, focusing on the key skills required to access further study successfully and beyond into the world of work. Subjects available for study are: English, Mathematics, Science, Computing, History, Geography, Statistics, Business Studies, PE, Music, Performing Arts, Art, French, German, Product Design, Dance, Enterprise and RE. Citizenship, British Values, SMSC, Careers and PSHE are taught throughout the curriculum and permeates everything we do within school, with specialist ‘SPARK’ days throughout the academic year.

Years 9, 10 and 11 offers the students the opportunity to build on their earlier learning and prepare for adult life, higher education and employment.

English, Maths, Science and RE remain compulsory and all students will continue to be taught Physical Education.

We offer an Ebacc Curriculum where students study English, Mathematics and Science alongside a Humanity (History or Geography) and/or a choice of Language.

Our extra-curricular offering is extensive and compliments and enriches the learning that takes place within lessons.

KS3 Curriculum Overview


The following subjects are taught across each year of Key Stage 3 (Year 7 and Year 8):


  • (Core) English, Maths and Science.
  • Art, Product Design, Food Technology, Computing, Religious Education, Physical Education, Geography, Music, Dance, Performing Arts, Languages – French and German (top sets), PSHE.


In the interest of a personalised, individual curriculum package, some students may be withdrawn from some non-core subjects to receive additional learning support.


KS4 Curriculum Overview


At Key Stage 4, students are guided to follow one of three curriculum pathways, enabling students of all abilities, aptitudes and interests to achieve and be highly successful.

For each pathway, students will follow both a core compulsory curriculum as well as selecting 3 or 4 preferences from a wide range of subjects (dependent on their pathway).

Students have the opportunity to select courses directly suited to their interests and aspirations which, in turn, promotes high standards of achievement.



Key Stage 4 Compulsory Curriculum


English Language
English Literature
Two Sciences
Core PE

Core RE
PSHE/Financial Capability


Key Stage 4 Option Subjects


GCSE Biology
GCSE Chemistry
GCSE Computer Science
BTEC Dance

BTEC Engineering (from Sept 2019)
GCSE French
GCSE Geography

GCSE German
GCSE History
BTEC iMedia
GCSE Music
GCSE Physics
GCSE Product Design


GCSE Fine Art (from Sept 2019)

GCSE Photography (from Sept 2019)

GCSE Three Dimensional Design (fromSept 2019)

BTEC Health and Social Care (from Sept 2019)


The curriculum at Trentham Academy is designed to meet and exceed the requirements of the National Curriculum. The school timetable is structured around 25 periods per week and 50 periods a fortnight across our two week timetable.



For further information relating to the curriculum please contact Ms V Taylor via the school office.