Students in the Academy follow the National Curriculum. Our ‘core business’ is teaching and learning and we ensure that this is of the highest standard. Our aim is to provide a truly personalised education experience for every student in the Academy. Consequently the curriculum at DACA is reviewed annually in order to develop a programme of study which best meets the needs of all our students in order for them to realise their potential.
The Academy curriculum offers a wide range of learning opportunities in and out of the classroom, encouraging students to develop their key skills of literacy (click here to view the Word of the Week), numeracy (click here to view the numeracy quiz of the Week), and oracy whilst becoming confident and independent learners. Some of the main differences noticed by the studentsare in how the curriculum is structured, the regular assessment and emphasis on themes of entrepreneurship. The Academy curriculum provides entrepreneurship both as a discrete subject and as a theme underpinning every area of the curriculum.
Learning often takes place in longer lessons or learning sessions. It is not uncommon for a student’s timetabled day to consist of just two extended learning sessions to keep student ‘down-time’ from moving between lessons at a minimum, removing any unnecessary distraction away from learning. Longer learning sessions are broken up by a morning break (breakfast) and an afternoon break (lunch) and students have the opportunity and dedicated space for recreational activity at these times. Every student is encouraged to participate in ‘session three’ of extracurricular or enrichment activity.
Students are regularly assessed on their attainment and progress and receive a report three times per year as part of our Praising Entrepreneurs Programme. Curriculum and pastoral staff continuously monitor student achievement and we welcome parents and carers into school to discuss their son or daughter’s progress. There are opportunities during the year for students and parents and carers to review and celebrate progress, including Induction Day, Parent’s Evening, Year 7 and 12 Settling In Evening, Commendation Assemblies and Awards Evening.
In addition to the traditional academic curriculum, there are a range of vocational options available for all students as they progress through the Academy, and an emphasis on promoting participation in extra-curricular activities. Our aim is to provide a truly personalised education for every student in the Academy.
All students study Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Economic Education which is delivered through the curriculum and daily activities during tutor time, as well as calendared learning events including volunteering, and opportunities for students to be socially responsible. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural education of students, which helps to prepare students for the responsibilities and experiences of later life, is developed through the calendared weekly focus (click here to view the weekly SMSC focus). Students are encouraged to discuss and think about modern British values and society, as well as the challenges faced across the globe in the technologically diverse 21st century.