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Copley Academy

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At Copley we offer a diverse and broad curriculum inside and outside of the classroom for both our Key Stage Three and Key Stage Four students. Both are reviewed on an annual basis. Therefore, our curriculum creates ambitious, positive, and forward-thinking students for which ‘better never stops’ with regards to academic success. Information about our school curriculum can be found below or parents, carers and other members of the public can contact school via or 338 6684


At Key Stage Three students have eight lessons each of Maths and English across a two-week timetable, with Science increasing to seven lessons a fortnight by the start of Year 9. Key Stage Three students also enjoy a rich curriculum that contains the teaching of the following subjects; Art, Drama, Geography, History, ICT, Life Studies, Music, Religious Studies, a Modern Foreign Language, PE and Design Technology.


At Key Stage Four students must study Core GCSEs of English Literature and Language (8 lessons), Maths (8 lessons) and Combined Science (9 lessons) as well as PE, Religious studies and Life Studies. During Year 9 students selected four additional GCSE options from a range of subjects. These subjects are studied five times a fortnight and include; History, Geography, German, French, Music, Media, Computer Science, Catering, Textiles, PE, Art, Business, and Dance. The school is currently reviewing its pathways for GCSE options.


The delivery of these subjects and their skills is supported by a tutor programme that develops three key areas of our students; their mind-set to learning, their overall well-being and actively promotes their wider awareness of the world, therefore covering the SMSC agenda and British Values initiative


As well as the timetabled curriculum students are also supported by wider curriculum activities. For example, from Year 7 to 11 Copley students participate in the University of Manchester Gateway Programme, which promotes Higher Education to demographics that might not have previously encountered university. Year 10 and 11 also participate in a mentoring scheme in conjunction with Brother UK as part of their Community Engagement Project, which aims to develop both soft and hard skills that are valued by colleges and employers. We also promote learning outside of the classroom with visits and trips; our most recent outing was a National Coding Event lead by Auto-Trader. The students who attended the visit subsequently ran a club for Key Stage 3 students to pass on their learning and experiences. Students are also provided with careers education (CEIAG) that is delivered both in house and with the support of Positive Steps.

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