Detailed Curriculum

Preparation for GCSE Curriculum (P4G)

The purpose of P4G is to ensure that students achieve academic success at the end of Year 11.  P4G is about embedding challenge to ensure that all students are stretched in each year at Thistley Hough Academy.

The implementation of P4G means that:

  • All programmes of study in each year group will form part of a journey. There will be a seamless educational journey between Primary School and GCSE examinations at the end of Year 11.  In addition, this will support students to transition in to the Post-16 phase.
  • Thistley Hough Academy will work closely with our feeder primary schools to ensure that we are equipped with the information needed to further accelerate student progress.
  • Work at Thistley Hough Academy will carry on from that undertaken in primary school and will build upon skills and knowledge already acquired.

How will P4G work?

Teachers have developed Schemes of Learning (SoL) that connect work undertaken in primary school to the standards expected in GCSE examinations. This will mean that:

  • The skills examined in GCSE examinations will be embedded in each year group.
  • All content delivered will seamlessly link to the National Curriculum (EY-Y11) and GCSE examinations.
  • The style of teaching and learning will further develop as teachers are expected to deliver content which is more challenging to students lower down the academy.
  • Teachers will be subject specialists. They will be in possession of a high level of subject expertise (subject knowledge and pedagogical skill).  They will be supported to consistently achieve this standard.
  • Students will be assessed on a framework that spans primary and secondary sectors. This will enable parents/carers to track progression across all year groups.

The Faculty Areas

Thistley Hough Academy is organised into eight faculty areas as follows:

Core Areas:

  1. English
  2. Maths
  3. Science

Foundation Areas:

  1. Design – Art, Design Technology, ICT, Performing Arts
  2. Humanities – Geography, History, RE
  3. Sport & Health – PE, BTEC Sport and Leisure & Tourism
  4. Preparation for Life – PSHE, Citizenship, Careers, Sex & Relationships Education
  5. Languages – Modern Foreign Languages, English as an additional language, Language acquisition.

At Thistley Hough Academy, we operate a two-week timetable with 48 lessons per fortnight.  The majority of lessons are 1 hour long, the exceptions are Period 3 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday which are all 75mins long.  There is an additional period at the end of the day (Session 6) to extend and support learning in a range of curricular areas. A Session 6 timetable will be published at the start of every term.

There is a 15 minute Form/Assembly period at the start of the day delivered by Form Tutors.  Form groups are organised in single year groups.  During this time, students will have two assemblies each week – one with the Head of Year and another with a member of the Senior Leadership Team. For the remaining three days during tutorial sessions they will take part in a widening horizons project. Students will also be given a range of leadership opportunities, including the planning and delivery of assemblies, organising charitable events and representing the form at year group or whole academy student councils.


Y7-9 Curriculum

In the 2016/17 academic year, students will study the following lessons:

Year 7

Core Foundation
English Maths Science Art DT ICT PE CPA MFL Geography History RE
8 7 7 2 3 2 3 3 3 4 4 2

Year 8

Core Foundation
English Maths Science Art DT ICT PE CPA MFL Geography History RE
8 7 7 2 3 2 3 3 4 4 3 2

Year 9

Core Foundation
English Maths Science Art DT ICT PE CPA MFL Geography History RE
8 7 7 2 3 2 3 3 4 3 4 2

PSHE, Citizenship and Careers Education will be taught through specialised focus days.  The academy nurse, NHS professionals, Connexions and other outside agencies will support the delivery of these days.

Students will choose their additional Key Stage 4 Option subjects in Year 9.  They will participate in a programme of high quality careers education before choosing their option subjects and will be encouraged to follow courses appropriate to their academic ability and future aspirations.

Y10-11 Curriculum

At Key Stage 4 the curriculum is broad and balanced, reflecting the importance of the English Baccalaureate (EBacc).

All students study GCSE Maths and English. They will also follow a programme of study for Science, with different options being offered to different cohorts of students. For those in the higher groups, there will be an opportunity to study the separate science GCSEs. All other students will study Dual Science.

In Year 10, Students on the EBacc pathway will have the opportunity to study for four additional courses at Key Stage 4, completing one of these at the end of Year 10 and the other three at the end of Year 11.

Year 10

Core Physical Education Options
English Maths Science PE 1 2 3
9 9 9 3 6 6 6

Year 11

Core Physical Education Options
English Maths Science PE 1 2 3 4
9 9 8 2 5 5 5 5

List of Qualifications Offered

The following qualifications are currently offered at Thistley Hough Academy:

  • GCSE Maths
  • GCSE English Language
  • GCSE English Literature
  • GCSE Science (Core, Additional, Separate Sciences)
  • GCSE French
  • GCSE History
  • GCSE Geography
  • GCSE Film Studies
  • GCSE Media
  • GCSE Art
  • GCSE Food Technology
  • GCSE Product Design
  • BTEC Child Development
  • GCSE Performing Arts
  • BTEC Sport
  • BCS Level 2 Certificate in IT application skills ECDL

This is not an exhaustive list and we endeavour to personalise options to individual students where practically possible, particularly in Languages. We offer a range of languages for small groups, in the past we have offered GCSEs in Arabic, Turkish, Urdu, Dutch and Chinese.


At Thistely Hough Academy value modern technology and the role it has to play in modern society. In order to prepare our students for the every changing modern landscape we have a focus on computing and its functional uses. To that end students will study the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) in various ways. The delivery plan for this academic year is stated below.

Academic Year 2016-17

  • 70 out of 133 students are completing ICT or computing as a qualification at GCSE.
    • Throughout these qualifications the subject specialist staff have included the use of functional computer skills.
    • These include but are not limited to working with Word, PowerPoint and the development of spread sheet capability through Excel.
  • All students at Thistley Hough Academy are taught functional computer skills during years 7, 8 and 9 (lower P4G) and these are continued in a range of cross curricular projects in subjects such as, but not limited to, Sport, Technology, English and Art.

A good careers programme prioritises the development of skills that will enable students to get jobs and sustain themselves in employment. Functional computer skills are one of the key employability skills that students need to gain whilst at the academy. The ECDL qualification is an excellent skills log that clearly demonstrates to future employers that students have the necessary attributes to be employable. This enhances the programme of skill development and employability awareness that is developed at THA through both PSCHE and CEIAG.

To find out more about the curriculum we offer please do not hesitate to contact us:

01782 883500