Curriculum

At Tudor Grange Academy, the Tudor Habits are at the heart of everything we do. We believe that developing the whole student is essential and that to flourish in life you need much more than great grades. We set high expectations of every student to ensure that they excel across all aspects of Academy life.

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The philosophy of Tudor Grange Academy Solihull is that each student is entitled to a broad, ambitious and equitable curriculum.

Broad because it allows children to supplement a strong academic core of subjects with a range of artistic and creative subjects

Ambitious because we believe that every child should access a curriculum that provides them with the cultural capital and essential knowledge they need to be educated citizens.

Equitable because every child will access this curriculum, regardless of their background or past experience, and because this universal entitlement means that every child will have the potential to take advantage of a range of opportunities in later life.

Curriculum planning is undertaken by subject experts from across Tudor Grange Academies Trust and is adapted to ensure that it meets the needs of the students at Tudor Grange Academy Solihull. Subject experts have considered what is most valuable about their subject and the curriculum is built around these fundamentals.

Key Stage Three

In Years 7 and 8, students follow a broad, ambitious and equitable curriculum, in line with the national curriculum, including:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Art and design
  • Computing
  • Design and Technology
  • Geography
  • History
  • Languages (one of French, German or Spanish)
  • Music
  • Physical Education

In addition, students at Tudor Grange Academy Solihull also study:

  • Religious Education
  • PSHE
  • Enrichment (including citizenship, careers and Tudor Habits including teamwork, leadership and resilience)
  • Healthy Living (including food, nutrition and health)
  • Drama

Within this wide range of subjects, students learn the ‘fundamentals’ – the essential knowledge that students must master and commit to long term memory. These are the essential pieces of information we believe provide students with cultural capital.

Many students have a clear idea of the subjects they like the most and least by the middle of Year 8 and offering some choice at this stage engages the students are partners in their learning and leads to improved outcomes. During year 8, full consultation takes place between staff, students and parents to support curriculum choices.

At the end of Year 8, students are given the opportunity to make curriculum choices and continue their core studies with specialisms. Options are structured in such a way to allow students a free choice. This ensures equity of delivery, with all students having equal access to subjects.

Key Stage Four

In Year 9, 10 and 11 all students* continue to study a broad range of subjects which includes the below subjects in addition to their options.

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Geography or History
  • Languages (at least one of French, German or Spanish)
  • Physical Education
  • PSHE
  • Ethical studies (including RE, citizenship)

*For a small minority of students an alternative pathway is offered where students study one less GCSE qualification in order to consolidate their learning in the core subjects.

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Geography or History
  • Languages (at least one of French, German or Spanish)
  • Physical Education
  • PSHE
  • Ethical studies (including RE, citizenship)

*For a small minority of students an alternative pathway is offered where students study one less GCSE qualification in order to consolidate their learning in the core subjects.

Information about KS4 GCSE courses can be found for each subject under the curriculum area of the website.

Key Stage Five

The curriculum at Post 16 is designed to prepare students for both university and the world of work. Each post-16 student has their own specific goal and ambition and we ensure that each student has a personalised curriculum that meets their individual requirements. Students choose from a diverse range of qualifications so that they are able to participate in challenging and enjoyable courses.

Further information can be found here on our dedicated sixth form pages.