Our Curriculum Intent

At The Vale Academy, we pursue excellence for our students within all areas of their lives. We expect them to aspire to be the best that they can be and to achieve the highest possible academic standards. We also expect our students to develop into caring and considerate young people, who will leave the academy to become responsible citizens and make a valuable contribution to society. Our curriculum is therefore designed to be broad, balanced and relevant, meeting the needs of individual learners. The wide range of subjects we offer helps our students to acquire key knowledge, understanding and skills in all aspects of their education so that they are fully equipped to be successful in the next stages of their lives.

In addition, we believe strongly in developing “the whole person”. Towards this end, we offer an extensive and varied programme of extra-curricular activities and pastoral support to provide a rich and rounded education both within and beyond the classroom. Our values and ethos are summed up in “The Vale Way”, a set of three key principles which underpins everything we do in the academy, namely: aiming for academic success, joining in with the many activities on offer and being an active member of the academy and the wider community. We encourage our students to participate in the many enrichment activities on offer. We place considerable emphasis on the arts and music and recognise the important cultural role that these play in students’ lives. For example, all our students are given the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument. We also offer a wide range of sporting activities to appeal to all aptitudes and interests in order to focus on developing physical fitness and well-being.

Our curriculum:  

  • is sequenced to enable students to build their knowledge and skills over time
  • provides deep, sustained and valuable learning for all students, including those with SEND
  • provides opportunities to develop levels of literacy and numeracy across all curricular areas
  • promotes opportunities across the curriculum for the development of good student health and well being
  • recognises the importance of digital literacy and provides opportunities for the development of
  • the skills students need to function safely and responsibly in a technological world
  • provides a range of academic, technical and vocational courses which challenge, engage and motivate students
  • develops cultural capital across a wide range of contexts and experiences
  • ensures that all students make good progress irrespective of their starting point and those young people facing disadvantage are lifted from educational poverty