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:
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 Faculty Areas
Thistley Hough Academy is organised into eight faculty areas as follows:
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.
In the 2016/17 academic year, students will study the following lessons:
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.
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.
The following qualifications are currently offered at Thistley Hough Academy:
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
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.