Key Stage 4 – Year 10/ 11

Key Stage 4 – Year 10/ 11

Academus Alternative is a pioneer and leader in the field of academic success in the schooling system of the 21st Century – but it is far more than that. Academus Alternative is individual where academic success is just one part of an outstanding all-round education.

All our students are treated as an individual. We know them all well. We respect them all. We draw out their individual talents and we rejoice in their personal achievements and in their individual contribution. Education at Academus Alternative is lively and varied, creative and imaginative.

True to the aims of our founders, we inspire intellectual curiosity and nurture a real sense of communal enterprise. More than just a place of study, Academus is an inclusive, tolerant, positive and friendly community. It is stimulating and demanding; cheerful and open-minded.

KS4 Teaching & Learning

Teaching and learning at Academus Alternative is motivated by far more than simply the aspiration to achieve top examination results. Our aim is to produce students who can progress to university with the confidence and motivation to stand alone as independent learners, with a firm basis of knowledge, experience and understanding, and a strong sense of values, personal integrity and compassion. Similarly those of our students who follow vocational pathways, we prepare them to be active members of the work force.

The emphasis in all that we do at Academus Alternative is on identifying, supporting and meeting the needs of individual students. Teaching is well-structured and orthodox, yet challenging and varied. Much emphasis is placed upon developing in our students a commitment and an enthusiasm for learning.

Students do not become independent learners without well organised and thoughtful care and support. This is provided by a large team of specialist subject teachers, working with highly committed pastoral staff, and with a full-time Learning Support Department. The teacher/pupil ratio is generous as all teaching groups are relatively small.

Internal and external reporting systems are thorough and constructive. All of this is necessary to provide the personal support that ambitious students need. The curriculum at all levels of the school is designed to offer as rich a diet as possible for our students.

All subjects are treated with equal value. Students are encouraged to discover their own academic interests and talents and the curriculum gives them the opportunity to develop those talents to the full. Academus Alternative offers a package of programmes which help young people focus on developing the essential skills required for progression into the Sixth Form or the world of work. In our safe and secure classroom environment, students interact with their Course Tutor, subject teachers and other students. They will be following qualifications linked to the National Curriculum and the QCF qualification framework. In all effects, students will increase their learning and skills in their chosen subjects and Pathways.

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