Curriculum

The curriculum that we offer at Emmanuel is diverse, vibrant and driven by a desire for success for all. It equips our students with the necessary knowledge, skills and confidence to succeed throughout their time at the Academy and excel in the next steps of their educational journey at our Sixth Form or through apprenticeship and employment.

At NES we offer a broad and balanced curriculum that allows all students the opportunity to develop their own interests and expertise. Our curriculum is designed to promote:

  • successful learners who enjoy studying and achieve the qualifications that will allow them to progress to the next stage in their education
  • awareness of topical issues that affect them and others within society
  • tolerance and acceptance of all members of their community and beyond including celebrating cultural diversity
  • confidence in working independently or in a team with the ability to lead others
  • responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society
  • preparation for all students for the opportunities, responsibilities, challenges and experiences of life.

We operate a one week timetable with 5 lessons per day.  In addition there are enrichment opportunities at lunchtimes and after school each day ranging from academic support to broader interests such as sport and the Arts.

We operate a 2 year key stage 3 (Years 7 & 8) and a 3 year key stage 4 (Years 9 – 11).  Our students make their option choices in Year 8. We believe that this gives them more time to develop the skills necessary to be successful in their chosen courses. Students choose from a variety of academic and vocational courses and all receive detailed individual advice and guidance to ensure that they choose the right options for them to provide them with a platform for further study.  Assessment in these courses takes place in a variety of forms including assignments during the course and public examinations at the end of Key Stage 4.

PSHE and Citizenship are taught through a series of calendared drop down days for each year group.  Further details and timings can be found on the PSHE webpage.

Sixth Form students choose from 35 courses including A levels, Level 3 Applied courses and Level 2 courses.  Further details including the option blocks can be found on the Sixth Form web pages.

A link to the curriculum structure for 2018/19 is below:

NES Curriculum Statement of Practice 2018-19

KS3 (Years 7 & 8)

At KS3 the majority of students follow the same curriculum. Students are taught in sets for all subjects and the time allocated for each subject is as follows:

Ma

En

Sc

DT

MFL

COM

HUMS

ARTS

PE

TOTAL

4

4

3

2

2

1

4

3

2

25

KS4 (Years 9 – 11)

The KS4 courses offered will provide a firm foundation for future careers and further education. In particular, our courses are designed to be a natural stepping-stone to GCE AS/A2 Level qualifications and Vocational Subjects offered in our Sixth Form Centre. This ensures continuity and progression in learning at Emmanuel.

Students follow a core curriculum of:

English (Language and Literature,) Mathematics, Science, an EBacc option (Geography, History or Modern Foreign Language,) RE and core PE.

Students then have a choice of 2 further options including:

A second EBacc option (Geography, History or Modern Foreign Language,) Art & Design, Construction, Media, Drama, Computer Science, Food (Hospitality and catering), IT, Music, Music Technology, PE / Sport, Product Design, Textiles (Creative studies – craft), and Business Studies.

Further details on all courses can be found on the individual subject webpages.

The lessons are allocated as follows:

Year 9

Ma

En

Sc

RST

PE

EBacc

OPT 1

OPT 2

TOTAL

4

4

5

2

1

3

3

3

25

Years 10 and 11

Ma

En

Sc

RST

PE

EBacc

OPT 1

OPT 2

TOTAL

4

5

5

1

1

3

3

3

25

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