We offer an ambitious, broad and balanced curriculum model, with a strong set of academic subjects at its core. Our curriculum is at least as ambitious as the National Curriculum.
Our school timetable is made up of 25 teaching periods each week. We also have a school day which includes form time each day and at least 20 minutes reading, four times a week.
Hodgson Academy – Key Stage 3
During Key Stage 3, our students study a broad range of subjects, which offers them a continuation of their work at Key Stage 2 and an excellent foundation for Key Stage 4. As well as the ‘core subjects’ of English, Maths and Science, our students also study the ‘foundation subjects’ of Art, Computing, the Humanities (History, Geography, & Religion, Philosophy and Ethics), Design & Technology, a Modern Foreign Language (French or German), Music, Physical Education, and Personal, Social and Health Education. We also have a bespoke curriculum offer in Communication Studies in Key Stage 3, promoting oracy and increasing the confidence of our students, emphasising our belief that who you leave as when you leave Hodgson is as important as what you leave with.
|All Students at Hodgson will study: |
|ENGLISH ||Students study English for three hours a week. |
|MATHEMATICS ||Students study Mathematics for three hours a week.|
|SCIENCE||Students study Science for three hours a week.|
|MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGE||Students study MFL for two hours a week.|
|HISTORY||Students study History for two hours a week.|
|GEOGRAPHY ||Students study Geography for two hours a week.|
|RELIGION, PHILOSOPHY AND ETHICS||Students study RPE for one hour a week which covers and expands on statutory Religious Education.|
|COMMUNICATION STUDIES||Students study Communication Studies for one hour a week.|
Students study Technology for two hours a week on a carrousel, ensuring all students receive education in all of the technology subjects across the year.
|ART||Students study Art for one hour a week.|
|MUSIC||Students study Music for one hour a week.|
|ICT AND COMPUTING||Students study ICT/Computing for one hour a week.|
|PHYSICAL EDUCATION||Students study PE for two hours a week.|
|PSHE||Students study PSHE for one hour a week. |
Hodgson Academy – Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4, our students continue to study a range of subjects whilst also working towards GCSE or vocational qualifications. All of our students have two free choices at Key Stage 4 and will complete at least nine full qualifications by the time they leave Hodgson Academy in Year 11. There are no barriers to options and all students from all abilities are able to choose whichever course they wish.
|All Students at Hodgson will study: |
Students will study English for four hours a week in Year 9, and five hours a week in Years 10 and 11. This will lead to two qualifications.
GCSE English Language &GCSE English Literature
Students will study Maths for four hours a week throughout Key Stage 4.
This will lead to one qualification. GCSE Mathematics
Students will study Science for five hours a week throughout Key Stage 4. This will lead to two qualifications.
GCSE Dual Award Science (students can opt to choose to do separate Sciences and achieve three qualifications, but this will take up optional curriculum time)
Students will study at least one humanities subject and receive two hours a week throughout Key Stage 4.
This will lead to one qualification. GCSE History or GCSE Geography
Students will study at least one Modern Foreign Language and receive two hours a week throughout Key Stage 4.
This will lead to one qualification. GCSE French or GCSE German
|OPEN OPTION 1|
Students will study two other qualifications of their choice, each for two hours a week.
This will lead to two more qualifications.
These qualifications may be some of our GCSE subjects or our vocational qualifications.
|OPEN OPTION 2|
|PHYSICAL EDUCATION||Students will complete two hours a week of core PE in Year 9 and one hour a week of core PE in Year 10 and 11. |
|PSHE||Students will complete one hour a week throughout Key Stage 4 of core PSHE.|
|RELIGIOUS EDUCATION||Students will complete one hour a week throughout Key Stage 4 of core Religious Education.|
Qualifications available at Hodgson Academy
|Subject ||Qualification Type|
|Art, Craft and Design ||GCSE |
|Business ||GCSE |
|Computer Science||GCSE |
|Creative iMedia||Cambridge National|
|Food Prep. & Nutrition||GCSE |
|Physical Education||GCSE |
|Digital Information Technologies||BTEC|
|Performing Arts||BTEC Tech Award|
|Design and Technology||GCSE |
|Art Textiles||GCSE |
|Triple Science||GCSE |
|Health & Social Care||Cambridge National|
|Work Skills||AQA Unit Award|
At both Key Stage 3 and 4 we recognise that careers education and guidance form an important part of the curriculum. Careers education runs from Year 7 through to Year 11, with opportunities for students to find out about a variety of options post-16 as well as having interactions with both employers, providers and former students to inspire and inform their choices. We also offer a work experience programme in Year 10. Resources are available in the Library for independent research and a careers advisor provides one to one advice for our Key Stage 4 students. The Gatsby Benchmarks are being embedded to ensure the highest standards of careers education for every student at Hodgson Academy.
Further information regarding curriculum provision at Hodgson Academy can be obtained by contacting Mr McCann or Miss Buckley.
Alternatively, if your query is subject specific, the following people may be more suitable:
|Miss J Wallace||Head of English|
|Mrs J Ellis||Head of Mathematics|
|Miss H Turner||Head of Science|
|Mrs R Bates ||Head of MFL|
|Mrs L Foley ||Head of PSHE|
|Mr C McCann ||Head of PE|
|Mr P Mitchell||Head of Music|
|Ms K McCaig||Acting Head of Humanities|
|Mr A Smith||Head of Business, Technology and Art|
|Miss C Macleod||Coordinator of Communication Studies|