Curriculum Provision

At the Gateway Academy we believe that for some subjects students benefit from being taught in set groups whilst others are best taught in mixed ability groups. With these factors in mind it is essential that we have a curriculum structure that allows for flexibility and meets the needs of all our learners.  When your child joins us, their prior attainment is taken into consideration and along with information from their primary school and our own baseline assessment, they are then placed into two band X and Y.  Each band has either one or two grammar stream groups within which facilitates the highest achieving students

  • The Grammar band groups are our accelerated learning groups and are set purely on high attainment and designed for more able students, the size of the grammar band will vary dependent upon the year cohort.  We strive to ensure that the needs of all students are met and adjust the banding sizes accordingly.
  • X and Y bands are the largest bands and are copies of each other, each contains three groups which are set for ability in Maths and Science and mixed ability for all other subjects. 

Although students are placed into these bands on entry they are reviewed termly and there are progression paths to ensure that no student is tied to their starting point if their needs change as they progress through the school.

The curriculum is organised into 50, 70 minute periods over 10 days.  Please see the structure of the day for specific information.  In addition students have access to a broad range of learning experiences promoting deeper learning and opportunities to learn outside of the classroom. For example, college challenge days and events such as Cultural Day. The Academy is keen for young people to develop skills and aptitudes in areas other than those provided in a traditional curriculum.   All student are placed into mixed ability tutor sessions and participate in a 20 minute planned session per day in which topics are covered to enhance the PHSE curriculum.

There is an extensive extra-curricular and additional-curricular suite of sessions available after school to further promote learning and support the interests of all students.  This is constantly being reviewed and added to.  

In Year 7 and 8, the students curriculum allocation is outlined below for each subject:









Physical Education


Computer Science


Design & Technology








Religious Studies




Food Technology







In addition, we operate an additional nurture provision for those students who require a bespoke curriculum focusing upon specific needs and intervention.  This provision is called Curriculum Plus and is designed to support the individual needs of a small number of students for which this is both appropriate and required.  As with Grammar band these students are continually reviewed and supported and graduation from Curriculum Plus into the other bands is reviewed throughout the year.

From Year 7, students study towards their GCSE Exams. At the end of Year 8, students then ‘personalise’ their curriculum by chosing options from a wide variety of subject areas (see our Options Booklet for more information, click here to view).

For full details of our curriculum, please click on the links below to view:

At Key Stage 4, which at the Academy starts in Year 9, students work towards their GCSEs and are able to ‘personalise’ their curriculum over the following three years choosing from a wide variety of both academic and vocational Bands.  (See the Options booklet for details).

Promoting Life in Modern Britain at The Gateway Academy

The DfE have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”

At the Gateway Academy we believe all our students are entitled to a curriculum which strategically builds an understanding and respect for the values that underpin life in modern Britain. 


Democracy is a theme which runs through the core of the Academy. Students have the opportunity to be heard through our student voice.  An example of democracy, is through the campaign and voting process to choose our Student Leadership Team Leaders. Students interested in leading roles as Learning Executives, Well-Being Executives, C4C Executives and Community Engagement Executives are voted in by the entire student body after flyers, posters, speeches and videos are shared.

Students are being trained in skills of leadership and beginning to run initiatives for change in the school. A programme is being developed where Levels of Leadership are accomplished and certificates are awarded.

89 students applied to be part of the leadership team and took part in a written and interview process. 60 students were chosen to take part in the Leadership training day over half term looking at qualities of a role model, growth mind-set, listening and communication and team-building. Cultural content such as skype calls to Canada and the exploration of youth leaders such a Malala’s story of schooling in Pakistan/winning the Nobel Peace Prize inspired the sessions.

A final group of 48 students make up the Student Leadership Team and will work within the school and community to create initiatives which focus on the following key areas: student well-being, learning, community engagement and consequences for choices.

The importance of Laws:

Whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Students are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us.  Behaviour at the school is firmly underpinned by the policy of consequences for choices and rewards and sanctions applied to choices students make. 

Individual Liberty:

It is vital that students are encouraged to know and understand their personal freedoms, but also to exercise these safely.  PAD sessions, deep learning days, assemblies and curriculum time all contribute to this area of development delivering understanding on issues such as E-safety to contraception. 

Mutual Respect:

Our core values are at the centre of our behaviour policy and the value of respect is fundamental in all relationships in the Academy.  All adults are expected to model this behaviour in every interaction throughout the day.  

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:

All areas of the curriculum (both pastoral and academic) are designed to enhance the students understanding of Britain as a culturally diverse nation.  The expectation is for teachers and students to take opportunities to show how being part of a diverse community can enhance their overall experience.  PAD sessions and Society and Beliefs are vital areas where this is delivered.

For detailed subject information for KS4 (core and option subjects) please click the image below:

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