Curriculum reform

There has been a great deal of publicity recently about the changes to the National Curriculum, and GCSE courses in particular. A summary of these changes can be found here.

Our commitment

Ormiston Denes Academy is committed to a curriculum that will:

  • Create a dynamic learning environment which is characterised by a strong commitment to the highest levels of achievement for all students.
  • Support an understanding of environmental, economic and social sustainability.
  • Set high expectations of students and develop high aspirations.
  • Ensure that every child becomes an empowered learner, able to progress and achieve at a rate that matches his/her individual needs and abilities and which is not constricted by Key Stage barriers, age or organisational constructs.
  • Place a high value on different achievements and outcomes for individual learners.
  • Encourage all students to be responsible, aspirant, resilient, determined, independent and co-operative.
  • Promote community cohesion, helping every young person to make a positive contribution to their families, community and society.
  • Advance the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the academy and of society.
  • Prepare pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
  • Develop the leadership capacity of all members of the academy.

Download the curriculum statement to find out how we plan to achieve these aims.

  • Click here for grade descriptors for GCSEs graded 9-1
  • Click here for a three-minute video explaining Progress 8

Subject curriculum information

Click on the links below for more information on individual subjects.

High-potential student resources

Click below to read student e-zines, published by Potential Plus – an independent charity supporting children with high learning potential and their families.

SPARK magazine

FUSE magazine

IGNIS magazine



Click below to download a copy of our careers education programme 2018–19.

Ormiston Denes Academy careers education programme 2018–19

You can find much more information about careers here, too.

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