• KS3 Reading 2015-16
  • KS3 lesson 2015-16

About our Curriculum

At Banbury Academy we believe that all students can achieve their dreams if they believe in themselves, are actively engaged in their learning and have a clear sense of purpose. It is these very attributes that we aim to develop in all of our students, so that they are able to thrive both academically and personally, and lead successful and accomplished lives beyond our academy.

To secure our students’ dreams, we offer a broad, balanced and challenging curriculum that focusses not only on acquiring knowledge, but also on developing critical, life-long skills. Our well-qualified and experienced teachers inspire and excite our students, whilst also developing their curiosity and creativity. Through the use of interactive whiteboards and netbooks in classrooms, as well as the academy’s virtual learning environment, we use technology to engage students in their learning and to help them develop the study and independent thinking skills necessary for success.

Following our inspiring transition programme into Year 7, students spend two years securing and developing their knowledge and understanding of the National Curriculum subjects in Key Stage 3, before being guided very carefully in preparation for their years in Key Stage 4.

In KS4, the students’ personalised learning programmes suit their particular interests and talents, whether these are traditional or vocational, and students are prepared well to achieve the best possible grades at GCSE, whatever their ability.

We are proud of the relationships that we foster with our students and their families, because we know that our students’ successes are enhanced when these relationships are strong. Clear and frequent communication helps parents and carers understand how their children are progressing and so we send home regular performance reports and have many information events, including parents' presentations, mentoring meetings and academic parents’ consultation evenings.

We also believe that personal study – in the form of homework, extended study and revision – is an essential component of successful learning. It helps students to develop research ability, independent thinking, resilience and self-motivation – all essential skills for higher education and the workplace.