Everyone will demonstrate Pride, Respect and Commitment Everywhere, Every time because…


We take pride in everything that we do every day through hard work, taking personal responsibility and completing everything that is asked of us to the highest standard.


We are respectful to each other every day as we listen, treat each other fairly and keep each other safe.


We are committed to making a positive contribution to the academy and community through our daily attendance and hard work.

Curriculum Documents

Please click on the following links to download the latest information of our curriculum.

What is Progress 8

Provisional Progress 8 scores will be reported in performance tables for the first time this term. It will measure pupils’ progress across eight qualifications from age 11 to 16.

We’ve made a three-minute video to explain the changes which you may find useful if you need to speak to parents about it.

You can also find more information on GOV UK


Students follow a 3-year KS3 programme of study that ensures the KS3 National Curriculum is covered in its entirety. This is to ensure that students gain the knowledge and skills required for them to progress and ensures that students have the opportunity to study a wide curriculum.

In Year 9 students select subjects they wish to study at KS4 (see below), alongside compulsory subjects such as English; Maths; Science; PE; PHSE; ICT; Humanities. A significant number of students will also study a modern foreign language through the 5 years at the academy.

Subject Areas

Each 5 year Curriculum Subject area programme of study should:

  • Provide a clear and coherent learning journey which demonstrates knowledge acquisition and skill progression.
  • Have planned opportunities which skilfully allow for memory recall and application of this knowledge to develop fluency
  • Develop understanding of larger concepts so that students have a wider understanding of the links between topics
  • Practice effective study skills so that students can independently revise and plan their time effectively
  • Support the development, fluency, breadth and enjoyment in reading through frequent reading opportunities and a focus on tier 2 and 3 words
  • Contain appropriate, regular and robust assessment methods for measuring student progress and to allow intervention where progress is not as expected.
  • Provide opportunities and experiences where students can reflect on their progress and learning
  • Develop student’s interests, opportunities and experiences to improve themselves and develop their character and cultural capital
  • Provide opportunities for students to participate in team activities and develop leadership skills
  • Develop a readiness future study and the world of work through opportunities to become adaptable; creative problem solvers
  • Provide engaging lessons which promotes positive attitudes and engenders respect and responsibility for themselves; others and the world they live in

Each Subject Programme of Study should ensure that there is an equality of provision and that all teachers:

  • Have the subject knowledge required to deliver the curriculum
  • Work collaboratively to share experience, expertise and resources across the academy and trust
  • Have a shared understanding of the type of learning that will support students’ development
  • Engage in professional development that supports the successful delivery of the curriculum
  • Can identify ongoing professional development needs
  • Are supported by a programme of study that reduces teacher workload, through resourced schemes of work with high quality resources (not lesson plans)


  • Students are taught in blocks of five 60 minute lessons each day, over a two week timetable
  • Year 11 pupils have an extra 45-minute lesson on 7 out of the 10 days in the two-week timetable
  • At KS3 students cover all the National Curriculum subjects and at KS4 students are offered a broad choice of GCSE/BTEC and vocational qualifications.
  • 3 Year KS3 and 2 Year KS4
  • KS3 students are taught in ability groups in all subjects, students with exceptional performance and those with specific needs are grouped appropriately

Character Education

Our school values of pride, commitment and respect are taught to students via our spiritual, moral, social and cultural development programme Within this, the promotion of fundamental British values, are at the core of the Academy’s daily routines. The development of these skills is embedded throughout life at the academy and is evidenced in our PSHE curriculum, assemblies, tutor time and whole academy activities. Students in Y7-11 have timetabled PSHE lessons where they learn skills to make them more tolerant citizens, and help them develop key skills to enable them stay safe, and increase their life chances in both career and personal life.

The academy strives to encourage our students to be independent and driven to engage with and seek out experiences and activities that will develop their interests and character. All students in Year 7 and 8 take part in our universal character development curriculum which has been developed to allow students to engage out of school with areas of learning as well as develop key skills ready for the world of work. These experiences are aimed at developing character as well as supporting students’ mental, social and emotional well being.

Students spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and, within this, the promotion of fundamental British values, are at the core of the Academy’s daily routines. The development of these skills is embedded throughout life at the academy and is evidenced in our curriculum, assemblies, tutor time and whole academy activities.

All students have a series of ‘Personal Development sessions – this is where the normal timetable is suspended and students spend time working on a personal development theme, which encompasses PSHE and strands of SMSC. Speakers from outside agencies, such as local colleges, police, school nurse, and careers, offer valuable contributions to these days.

Extra Curricular Provision

Curriculum Support

  • Senior members of staff and key workers mentor students who are at risk of underachieving or have other issues
  • Holiday revision sessions are widely available for student in Y11 to help prepare Year 11 for their upcoming exams
  • Subject specific opportunities such as university lecture sessions aim to extend learning and support higher ability students in attaining top grades
  • A KS4 ‘Revision Hub’ operates at lunch and after school until 5pm to support students in Y10-Y11
  • A homework club operates from Y7-Y9 to support students who have issues with homework completion as well as students who may be underachieving

Pastoral Support

  • Year 11 form classes have focussed days where they have subject-specific input from Maths, English and Science teachers.
  • Form time for Y7-10 follow a common timetable where students improve skills such as reading and keeping up to date with current affairs, as well as having
  • Prefects, Anti Bully Ambassadors, Peer Mediators are all examples of groups that offer peer on peer support


  • Sports provision – a wide variety of sports are available at lunch and after school throughout the year. The academy has a great reputation for its sporting success
  • Performing Arts opportunities are well established at the academy and students are encouraged to take part in the annual shows and other performances
  • Students wishing to learn to play a musical instrument are tutored by an external musician on a weekly basis which offers additional capacity to the existing music extra-curricular provision and Academy choir


  • The Student Leadership body contains students from each year group along with a Year 11 senior team, offering a wide range of leadership opportunities and responsibilities across the Academy
  • Students are tracked to encourage their participation and leadership and there are planned opportunities for students to demonstrate these throughout the year within the academy council structure, that has numerous sub groups
  • Students have the opportunity to apply to become a prefect using evidence from their leadership evidence (mentioned above) from Y10 onwards
  • Each form has student council members and these come together to discuss issues as a year group and feed into the leadership programme

This is a GOOD school

| Ofsted 2019

Why Discovery?

Our academy prides itself on the relationship between the academy and home, with an emphasis for students on belonging and being proud to be part of the Discovery Family.

Our Curriculum

We achieve the academy purpose through an unwavering focus on our students’ results and progress within their learning, and by offering the absolute best teaching and support.

Latest News

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ClassCharts Parent

We use ClassCharts

Class Charts is behaviour management software used by teachers to record and track student achievement and behaviour.

You can download Class Charts from the below links.

IRIS Parentmail

We use IRIS ParentMail

All of our Academy information at your fingertips. Keeping track of school activities and news as well as endless forms to complete and things to pay for.

You can download IRIS ParentMail from the below links.

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