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Curriculum Overview

We have a diverse curriculum which aspires to respond to the local and national agenda both intelligently and creatively in order to ensure all our students receive a high quality learning experience at all times. All secondary schools' curriculums have undergone significant reforms which will affect your child at different stages of their school career. 

We believe whole heartedly that in order to access a broad and balanced curriculum, all students need to be confident and proficient in the basic skills of Reading, Writing, Communication and Mathematics and they are given the highest priority at all times. 

Finally, we consider it critical that equal opportunities and fundamental British Values are promoted and realised at all levels of curriculum provision and that this is integral to outstanding practice. Whilst we provide extensive individual and small group withdrawal support where necessary our curriculum is one which celebrates inclusion at all times and we firmly believe that our diversity as a school ultimately enriches and enhances our curriculum for the benefit of all.

Beyond the formal curriculum

The school curriculum is not narrowly constrained within formal lessons but extends to a vast array of extra-curricular opportunities which we term “Enrichment”.  All students have access to and are actively encouraged to take part in an extensive programme, which seeks to extend their learning and widen their life experiences.  We seek to use active partnerships to support learning wherever possible and encourage students to interact with speakers and visiting groups/industries/organisations to extend their communication skills and learning capacity.  The school uses its Pupil Premium and other avenues of funding to ensure that all groups within the school are able to access these activities.  

Work Related learning is any planned activity that uses the context of work to develop knowledge, skills and understanding useful in work.  Through work related learning activities, the school seeks to develop the employability skills of young people, provide them with the opportunity to ‘learn by doing’, raise standards of achievement and encourage positive attitudes to lifelong learning.  Opportunities will be provided both within our various curriculum areas and as planned activities within our enrichment programme.  All students have the opportunity to take part in a formal work experience at the end of Year 10.


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Art & Design Technology

Department Contacts:

 Staff Name  Email Address
 Mr Kilbane (Head of Art & Design Technology)
 Mr Phillip ( Art and Design & Technology Teacher )

Our Core Beliefs:

The Arts and Design Technology department at Khalsa Secondary Academy are committed to delivering an inclusive curriculum which provides a diverse range of opportunities for students. One which will allow students to become self-motivated and confident learners, who can work independently and as part of a team. We aim to ensure that learners develop technical and practical competences as well as the wider skills valued by employers. Our main priority is for students to be problem solvers who are not afraid of making mistakes. We hope our students will become responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.

The department is well resourced with a multi-purpose room for teaching Textiles, Graphics, Electronics, Systems & Control, Product Design and Resistant Materials. There is a CAD/CAM suite consisting of a laser cutter, 3D printer and vinyl cutter for use with 2D Design software.  The Food Technology room is well resourced for teaching Food, with a wide range of kitchen equipment, utensils, gadgets, electrical equipment and electric ovens.

Students will complete rotations in the three main specialist areas; Product Design, Textiles and Food, each project will last the equivalent of one term.  During each rotation students will be assessed; this data will then be used to ascertain a final end of year level for the student in Design & Technology.

As a department we are constantly revitalising schemes of work and projects, to ensure that projects are relevant and meet the needs of our students. Therefore there may be some occasions when students complete different projects to their peers.

The department firmly believes that students learn best by ‘doing’ and by allowing them to experiment and take risks, in a safe and positive learning environment. This is achieved through imaginative teaching that embraces new technologies and resembles modern industrial processes, whilst retaining the best of traditional practices. At the heart of this, is the desire to deliver a curriculum in which students produce high quality outcomes. Students must learn about the social and ethical responsibilities of designers and engineers as well as the environmental impact their designs have.

Art:  Please select from below the curriculum overview for the relevant year group:-
Year 7      Year 8     Year 9     Year 10     Year 11

DT: Please select from below the curriculum overview for the relevant year group:
Year 7      Year 8     Year 9      Year 10 Textiles     Year 10 Product Design    Year 11

We are regularly updating our website with current information. If you have any further questions please contact us via email: or call us on 01753 662009

Business Studies

Department Contact:

Staff Name Email Address
Mrs Glover (Teacher of Business Studies)

Our vision is to develop real world, enterprising, higher education and employability skills for tomorrow’s leaders and to prepare our pupils for the dynamic and global business environment. We are here to equip our pupils with essential knowledge about the profit motive, the functions of business, and the wider business environment.  

We learn about businesses from a variety of stakeholder perspectives, allowing our pupils to make well informed decisions, whether they hope to become an employee, a small business owner, a corporate executive or the Minister of Finance.

Why should I Business Studies?  

  • Business Education involves critical thinking, interpretation of data, and manipulation of concepts and ideas.
  • Business Studies deals with specific businesses and how they operate in the external environment, looking at how they overcome problems such as finding finance and staff, and marketing their products profitably.
  • Business Studies fits very well with virtually any combination of other subjects.
  • The skills of application, analysis and evaluation which are developed in these subjects are highly valued by universities and employers because they show your ability to think critically.  Our subjects are useful for careers in banking, finance, management and industry, and also politics and the media.

Courses Offered at Key Stage 4:

  • AQA GCSE Business Studies
  • Level 2 IFS Certificate in Financial Education

 Courses to be offered at Key Stage 5 (TBC):
AQA A Level Business

Please select from below the curriculum overview for the relevant year group.

Year 9          Year 10        Year 11    
We are regularly updating our website with current information. If you have any further questions please contact us via email: or call us on 01753 662009

Computing & ICT

Department Contact:

 Staff Name  Email Address
 Mr Plahe ( Lead for Computing & ICT)

Computing and ICT allows students to:

  • Explore e-safety and how to make use of ICT safely and responsibly.
  • Become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas.
  • Develop skills in computer systems, data structures, algorithms, programming, networks and communication systems.
  • Analyse, design, implement, test and evaluate ICT systems.
  • Work cooperatively and independently using practical and investigative skills
  • Be aware of the impact of new technologies on methods of working in the outside world and on social, economic, ethical and moral issues.

Students are taught the above topics, all of which are then explored in greater depth at GCSE level. In particular, priority is given to programming; at first in Scratch and then in Python. By the time learners reach KS4, they will be sufficiently grounded in computing to approach the GCSE Computer Science with confidence, and have enough programming skills to succeed at GCSE Controlled Assessments in year 11.

At Khalsa Secondary Academy the lessons focus on teaching students practical skills in using a wide variety of software packages and also helping them to achieve the knowledge and skills they need to use ICT in a safe and appropriate way.

Enrichment, Intervention and Extra- Curricular
Throughout the school year the Computing and ICT Department offers a variety of intervention and clubs after school and during lunch time, for example coding club.
There are also Saturday revision sessions for KS4 students to help them achieve their aspirational targets.
Students also have the opportunity to attend a range of extracurricular trips to a wide variety of places, such as Bletchley Park, Science Museum and The National Museum of Computing.

Staying safe on-line (E-safety) is a very important topic that we cover in depth in Year 7 and revisit in Year 8 and 9 using age appropriate resources that enable students to learn how to avoid the dangers of communication technology.
The internet has changed our lives tremendously. However for parents and carers this adds a responsibility of being aware of the effects on children of things such as social media, forums, cyberbullying and inappropriate websites.
E-safety lessons ensure that students stay safe online. The following are useful resources and tips for students and parents for guidance on how to remain safe online:

Parent and Carers Checklist

Please select from below the curriculum overview for the relevant year group.

Year 7       Year 8        Year 10         Year 11

We are regularly updating our website with current information. If you have any further questions please contact us via email: or call us on 01753 662009

English & Drama

Department Contacts:

 Staff Name  Email Address
 Mr Beeston (Head of Department)
Mrs Dhillon ( Second in Charge /English Teacher )Currently on maternity leave
Mrs Patel (English Teacher)
Miss Claydon (English & Drama Teacher)
Miss Apenis (English & Drama Teacher)

The English faculty at KSA believes firmly that English is the most important subject in the school curriculum.
English is a pre-eminent world language, it is at the heart of our culture and it is the language medium in which most of our pupils think and communicate.

The English faculty at KSA is committed to creating students who are confident and secure in their grasp of English, students who are articulate and able to express themselves confidently in their spoken and written language.

The English faculty at KSA recognise that literacy skills are also crucial to pupils’ learning in other subjects across the curriculum and that in order to excel in their future careers that they must have the best writing, reading and communication skills possible.

Subject Overview:
The English faculty at KSA consists of a team of enthusiastic and committed graduate teachers in brand-new state-of-the-art specialist classrooms. The faculty is supported by a well-resourced library which all students visit each week for their Accelerated Reading lessons.

Students are encouraged to become independent in their thinking and the expression of their ideas and to take responsibility for their own learning.

There is a strong emphasis on all three main components of English, Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing, in all lessons, and students are assessed regularly in all three areas.

Main Aims and Learning Objectives:
KSA Students are expected to:

  • Demonstrate skills in Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing in order to communicate confidently, effectively, accurately and appropriately.
  • Select and adapt speech and writing to different situations and audiences.
  • Become critical and analytical readers of a wide range of literary texts, using their reading skills to develop themselves as writers.      
  • Express themselves as writers creatively, imaginatively and concisely.
  • Understand the impact of variations in language and how they relate to identity and cultural diversity.
  • Understand the patterns, structures and conventions of written and spoken English.

 KS3 Topics:
The English department work closely with our main feeder schools to ensure that we are building on the KS2 curriculum and the abilities of our students effectively as soon as they start in Year 7. This ensures students are suitably stretched and challenged in English from the start of their time at Khalsa Secondary Academy.
Students undertake a range of language and literature work each year, including a wide range of literary texts (novel, poetry and drama), non-fiction texts and media texts as preparation for the new GCSE courses.

 KS4 Topics:
All students at KSA study towards two GCSEs. These are English Language and English Literature.

English Language GCSE
Students will complete two exam papers for English Language GCSE and are assessed on both their reading and writing skills. All texts in the examinations will be unseen.
In addition to the two exams, students will also complete a separate unit on Spoken Language. This does not count towards the English Language GCSE but is a stand-alone qualification.

English Literature GCSE
Students will complete two exam papers for English Literature GCSE.

They will study a Shakespeare play, Macbeth, a 19th Century novel, A Christmas Carol, a range of themed poetry, and a modern prose or drama text e.g. An Inspector Calls or Animal Farm.

Post 16
The English faculty looks forward to offering OCR English Literature A Level with the introduction of its Sixth Form.

Like GCSE, there will be an opportunity to study a wide breadth of texts, including poetry, drama texts and prose. However students will get a great opportunity to study a much wider range of authors, poets and playwrights from around the world, including some of the greatest American writers of the twentieth century like Tennessee Williams and F Scott Fitzgerald.

The smaller groups and advanced level of study will mean our learners get to analyse and appreciate the texts at a much greater level, demonstrating a fuller understanding of a text’s themes, characters and messages.

Enrichment and Interventions:
The English faculty at KSA offers a wide range of enrichment and intervention activities to support learning.  These include activities such as:

  • Poetry and writing competitions.
  • Visiting authors and poets.
  • Theatre and Cinema trips.
  • After school revision and catch-up sessions.
  • Speaking competitions
  • National Poetry Day events in October
  • World Book Day events in March
  • Scholastic Book Fairs twice a year

Please select from below the curriculum overview for the relevant year group.

Year 7       Year 8       Year 9        Year 10       Year 11

We are regularly updating our website with current information. If you have any further questions please contact us via email: or call us on 01753 662009


 Department Contacts:

 Staff Name  Email Address
 Miss Day     (Head of Humanities)
Mr Mangan (History/Geography Teacher)
Ms Taylor     (History/Geography Teacher)

The Humanities curriculum – RE, History and Geography –  is current, creative and modern.  Pupils are taught about their place in the world; how it has been shaped by historical events and how our understanding of the past allows us to shape and direct our future on the planet. We learn about World religions building on understanding, respect and tolerance for other faiths    In order to help prepare our pupils for the dynamic society in which we live, the Humanities curriculum supports identity and cultural diversity, as well as supporting enterprise and community participation, global dimensions and sustainable development.

RE: Please select from below the curriculum overview for the relevant year group.
Year 7      Year 8     

History: Please select from below the curriculum overview for the relevant year group.
Year 7      Year 8      Year 9      Year 10      Year 11

Geography: Please select from below the curriculum overview for the relevant year group.
Year 7      Year 8      Year 9      Year 10       Year 11   

We are regularly updating our website with current information. If you have any further questions please contact us via email: or call us on 01753 662009

Learning For Life

Department Contacts:

 Staff Name  Email Address
 Miss Day  (Lead for Learning for Life)

Learning For Life

Our Learning for Life programme is an important part of Khalsa Secondary Academy’s commitment to offering a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based. It is an important part of our vision of developing the whole person – Beyond the Academic, Beyond the Individual and Beyond Selflessness. It includes Personal, Health and Social Education as well as aspects of spirituality and identity.

Please click here to download our Learning for Life Policy

Please select from the links below for information on the relevant Key Stages:-

Key Stage 3     Key Stage 4     Key Stage 5

We are currently reviewing our Learning for Life curriculum. Please revisit this page in the new school year to look at our new curriculum.

We are regularly updating our website with current information. If you have any further questions please contact us via email: or call us on 01753 662009


Department Contacts:

 Staff Name  Email Address
 Mr Neta (Head of Mathematics)
 Mrs Bains ( Second in charge /Mathematics Teacher )
Mrs Gill  (Mathematics Teacher)
Mr  Plahe  (Mathematics Teacher)
Mrs Glover  (Mathematics Teacher)

We believe that Mathematics is an essential and inevitable part of our everyday lives; it is a subject that should not be restricted to the confines of a classroom. Therefore, it is our goal to show the real world applications of the subject throughout our curriculum from year 7 up to and including GCSE and A Level Mathematics. Not only do we want our students to see the value of Mathematics, we also want them to enjoy it and achieve their full potential in the subject. We encourage every pupil to take an active and enthusiastic role in their lessons, learning through a variety of different teaching styles and using a mixture of guided discovery, ICT and traditional methods. We aim to develop each student’s problem solving skills and ability to think and work independently.

Key Stage 3
We follow the National Curriculum for the teaching of Mathematics in Year 7 and Year 8, which is supported by the use of the MyMaths, textbooks and online resource. It provides an excellent foundation for studying GCSE Mathematics while being varied, interesting and emphasising the real world applications of this fascinating subject. The course is split into three broad areas: Numbers and Algebra; Shape, Space and Measures; Handling Data. These areas are revisited in each year allowing for clear progression over the two years. By the end of Year 8 students should be able to draw connections between these three areas and communicate their ideas and reasoning in a clear and mathematical way.  In Year 9 our students begin to study topics from the GCSE Mathematics course.

We are following the Edexcel 2015 specification for GCSE Mathematics, which emphasises the importance of making connections between mathematical concepts and applying the functional elements of Mathematics to real life situations. The topics covered in the course build upon the topics that have been taught in Year 7 and Year 8, with the introduction of new topics that the students haven’t seen before. The course is examined in Year 11 through three papers, which includes a non-calculator paper and a calculator is permitted for the other papers.  We aim for majority of our students to study the Higher Tier course, which will eventually allow them to access the grades 9 to 4. The rest of the students sit the Foundation papers which allow them to access grades 1 to 5.

A Level
A Level Mathematics and Further Mathematics are fascinating courses that can provide a great challenge and sense of achievement for students who have a passion and interest in the subject.
By its nature, Mathematics often has clear real world applications and at other times can appear quite abstract. The A Level Mathematics and Further Mathematics courses that we offer, provided by Edexcel, reflect these two qualities. A Level Mathematics consists of 4 pure modules, involving abstract topics, and two applied modules, which focus on the application of Mathematics in the real world. Three modules are examined at the end of Year 12 (AS) and three at the end of Year 13 (A2). Each module is worth an equal proportion of the overall qualification.

A Level Further Mathematics is structured and examined in the same way; the only difference is that there are three applied modules and three pure modules. A Level Further Mathematics is a very challenging qualification, but is excellent preparation for students who are considering studying Mathematics, Statistics, Physics or Engineering at university.

Currently, exam results gained at the end of Year 12 will contribute to a student’s final grade at the end of Year 13 Form.  However, when the subject in reformed in September 2017, all examinations for the A Level qualifications will need to be taken at the end of Year 13.

Beyond the Classroom
Every year we offer our students the opportunity to take part in a national Maths Challenge at either Junior or Intermediate levels. We encourage our students to access various websites including mymaths.

Mathematics expresses values that reflect the cosmos, including orderliness, balance, harmony, logic, and abstract beauty.    

Deepak Chopra

Please select from below the curriculum overview for the relevant year group.

Year 7         
Year 8         
Year 9 Foundation     
Year 10 Foundation        
Year 11 Foundation 
Year 9 Higher               
Year 10 Higher 
Year 11 Higher

We are regularly updating our website with current information. If you have any further questions please contact us via email: or call us on 01753 662009

Modern Foreign Languages

Department Contacts:

 Staff Name  Email Address
 Mrs E Rosato ( MFL Teacher )
 Mrs R Bajwa ( Punjabi Teacher )

Modern Foreign Languages are highly valued at Khalsa Secondary Academy and the MFL department strives to offer all its pupils the best possible experience in learning a foreign language. French, Spanish and Punjabi are taught at Khalsa Secondary Academy, while the Enrichment addition of Chinese (Mandarin) to the menu of languages on offer is an exciting development. As pupils learn to communicate in a foreign language, the range of skills they develop will equip them for life in an increasingly competitive global environment.
Our team of highly experienced teachers share a passion for languages which they are eager to pass on to their pupils through dynamic and engaging lessons and the wide array of cultural experiences that the trips abroad provide. The MFL department prides itself on its excellent results and on the high numbers of students who choose to study a foreign language at GCSE level.

Panjabi: Please select from below the curriculum overview for the relevant year group
Year 7      Year 8     Year 9      Year 10      Year 11  

Spanish: Please select from below the curriculum overview for the relevant year group   
Year 7      Year 8       Year 9       Year 10  

French: Please select from below the curriculum overview for the relevant year group
Key Stage 3                   Key Stage 4

We are regularly updating our website with current information. If you have any further questions please contact us via email: or call us on 01753 662009


The Music Department at KSA

 Department Contacts:

 Staff Name  Email Address
 Mr Swanepoel ( Music  )

 Subject Overview:

The Music department at KSA is focused on composition and performance. With access to modern music software and a variety of brand new instruments, students have ample opportunity to develop skills and outlet their creativity, producing professional results. Students are currently taught in tutor groups and encouraged to work both individually and in groups.

Please select from below the curriculum overview for the relevant year group:

Year 7        Year 8       Year 9       Year 10       Year 11    

We are regularly updating our website with current information. If you have any further questions please contact us via email: or call us on 01753 662009

Physical Education

Staff Name  Email Address
Mr Roopra  (Head of PE)
Miss Rigby (PE Teacher)

The KS3 Physical Education curriculum has been developed to give all students a broad and balanced development of the sports they may have covered at primary school. 

KS3 – 3 Hours per fortnight
There is a real focus on the development of skills and tactics, evaluation of performance and leadership. Year 7 and 8 will cover a range of sports from the following on a set rotation: Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Cricket, Football, Gymnastics, Hockey, Netball, Rugby Union, Short Tennis and Softball.

KS4 – 3 Hours per fortnight
GCSE PE 4-5 Hours per fortnight

All students will continue to participate in core Physical Education until the end of KS4. Students have more scope in choosing their activities and trying alternative sports and activities which have a real focus on development of previously learnt skills and developing a more holistic life-long engagement in sport and physical activity.

Please select from below the curriculum overview for the relevant year group:

Year 7       Year 8       Year 9       Year 10      Year 11


Department Contacts:

 Staff Name  Email Address
Mr Dhariwal  ( Head of Science )
 Miss Sidhu      ( Science Teacher)
 Miss Patel      ( Science Teacher )

The Science department builds upon and deepens previous knowledge with understanding and we teach topics within the subject disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. We integrate with other departments to deliver STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), this provides a platform for more advanced studies, establishing the basis for a wide range of future careers. Science is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all students are taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science.

These key ideas include:

  • the use of models and theories to make sense of natural phenomena
  • linking effect to one or more causes
  • evidenced change is driven by interactions between different objects and systems
  • that many such interactions occur over a distance and over time
  • science progresses through a cycle of hypothesis, practical experimentation, observation, theory development and review
  • quantitative analysis is a central element both of many theories and of scientific methods of inquiry.

Students develop knowledge and curiosity about the natural world, an appreciation of the relevance of science to their everyday lives. They attain understanding of how different types of enquiry help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them. Learning to apply observational, practical, modelling, enquiry, problem-solving and mathematical skills, both in the laboratory, in the field and in other environments also occurs. Promotion of their ability to evaluate claims based on science through critical analysis of the methodology, evidence and conclusions, both qualitatively and quantitatively is a directive.

Please select from below the curriculum overview for the relevant year group.
Year 7      Year 8      Year 9      Year 10      Year 11   


New AQA GCSE Specification for Year 10 parents & pupils sitting the 2018 Exams:

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