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Curriculum Aims

Ormiston academies trust has four key values at its heart:

  • Anyone can excel
  • Share what is best
  • Be Inclusive
  • Enjoy the challenge

It is these values which underpin Ormiston Academies Trust curriculum aims, which are:

  • Teach – the curriculum will identify the knowledge and skills students are entitled to
  • Develop – the curriculum sets out how students will develop socially and emotionally
  • Change – the curriculum is designed so that any student can excel and so that no one is disadvantaged

At OSCA these values and aims are at the core of teaching and learning.


The curriculum at OSCA is based on our key values of Opportunity, Scholarship, Compassion and Aspiration.

We have a knowledge rich curriculum which also ensure skills are taught explicitly and students have opportunities to explore new and exciting challenges and concepts

Our curriculum is designed to ensure all students have access to a broad and balanced experience providing them with sufficient time to gain a great foundation in both core and EBACC subjects, as well as enabling them to explore a wide range of creative, technical and practical subjects in years 7, 8 and 9. Our ambitious curriculum is underpinned by the core aims of the national curriculum as well as Sandwell’s vision for 2030, providing the high aspirations, challenge and equality of opportunity all our students deserve.

Lesson planning and delivery is built around ideas of clear sequencing, retention and retrieval. Through high quality modelling, questioning, discussion and independent practice we ensure learning is deep and durable, enabling students to apply their knowledge flexibly to a range of contexts and situations. Opportunities to learn through a range of extra-curricular and enrichment experiences deepen students’ knowledge further whilst developing their cultural capital. Our pathways ensure students can study a range of subjects, from single sciences, to retail and performing arts ensuring they have the skills to gain rewarding jobs in growing local industries.

At KS4 (Years 10 and 11) students are expected to continue their learning journey and are supported to achieve their aspirations. The coherent and sequential curriculum builds upon the foundation of KS3 learning, continuing to explore key subject concepts and knowledge in greater depth to secure strong student outcomes and fully prepare students for their next stages in education or training.

Our personal development and character curriculum reinforces our key values of Opportunity, Scholarship, Compassion and Aspiration whilst providing in-depth opportunities to explore and develop knowledge of RSHE, British Values, CEIAG, Equality and Diversity. The breadth of our personal development curriculum ensures our students are confident and resilient individuals who can be the best version of themselves and make a positive contribution to society.

Our curriculum ensures barriers to learning are removed through classroom support, scaffolding and guided practice as well as specific or bespoke support for those students who need it. Barriers to future success are negated via our curriculum opportunities and structure/offer, support, advice and guidance and by having high expectations for all.