Arnold Hill Academy follows the curriculum guidance outlined in the Single Academy Model Mainstream Funding Agreement. It ensures that a broad and balanced curriculum is provided to its students, incorporating English, Maths and Science qualifications along with the provision of religious education teaching for 11-16. The Baccalaureate is viewed as an important qualification and students for whom this is appropriate are provided with this opportunity as their core offer. The academy provides a range of curricular and enrichment opportunities. For KS5 students a broad range of subjects is available, including enrichment activities, to provide students with the most relevant pathway for further study or employment. It is the intention and aim of the academy that all students are involved in some form of enrichment activity.
The curriculum at KS3 and KS4 follows the National Curriculum. Bright Days, along with morning tutor/guidance time, provide opportunities to cover a comprehensive programme of personal, social and health education (referred to as Wellbeing), along with careers advice and guidance.
Objectives relating to the curriculum aims of Arnold Hill Academy are that all:
1. Students should become aware of their abilities and in so doing develop them to improve on personal best.
2. Students should be aware of the needs of the community and be prepared to contribute fully to it.
3. All students should be offered a curriculum that has breadth and depth. It must be tailored to each pupil and satisfy their requirements.
4. Students who leave Arnold Hill Academy should be articulate, literate and numerate, and have lively, enquiring, independent minds.
5. Students who leave Arnold Hill Academy should:
• be confident in their dealings with adults and peers;
• be able to develop good working relationships with others;
• have knowledge of a wide range of cultures and through this come to respect the rights and needs of others;
• be able to make good moral judgements;
• have developed a love of learning that will last for the rest of their lives;
• be adaptable enough to react to the needs of a fast changing world.