My PRIDE Learning Journey

The Curriculum at The PRIDE Academy is broad, balanced and diverse.

  • Core Subjects – English, Maths, PSHE and Science are taught to all students from KS3 to KS5.
  • In KS3 Art, Construction, Food Technology, Music and PE are taught.
  • Life Skills are taught in Years 7, 8, 10 & 11
  • Work Skills are taught in Years 10,11 and 12
  • All students in Years 9 & 10  take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
  • KS4 &5 students are able to choose from optional subjects which include: Art, Business, Childcare, Construction, Hair & Beauty, Health and Fitness, Hospitality and Catering, Mechanics, Music, Photography

For more information about the curriculum taught please click on the links below or contact Nicola Stephens, Deputy Principal via the school office tel: 01895 446 747 or email:


My PRIDE Learning Journey


English Curriculum Overview

In Key Stage 3 students develop foundational knowledge and skills which prepares them for their transition into Key Stage 4. Topics and themes have been carefully selected to ensure that our students are able to comprehend and relate to their learning. The topics studied throughout both Key Stages are taught with the aim to support the development of verbal and written communication skills. We aim to teach our students how to process and relay information effectively. Both reading for pleasure, and meaning are encouraged with the aim of developing and extending the students’ vocabulary and grammar skills progressively as they move through each year group.

Students are offered different pathways to allow them to each reach their full potential and leave with a qualification in English.

The knowledge and skills taught throughout Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 prepare students for a variety of future pathways such as further education and employment.

English Learning Journey

Maths Curriculum Overview

The focus of the mathematics department at The PRIDE Academy is to enable students to develop a love for learning, take pride in their work and experience success.

The department emphasises the importance of mathematics in lifelong learning and daily life, teaching skills that are transferable to other areas of the curriculum, further education, and employment.

The curriculum supports students’ individual needs and fosters the development of strong numerical foundations, which are essential in everyday life. Students learn to understand and work with numbers, make calculations, interpret data, and make informed decisions based on numerical information.

The department also aims to reduce mathematical anxiety by building confidence through gradual progression, providing personalised instructions and using visuals and manipulatives.

Through a safe and supportive environment we aim to create a positive culture that fosters deep understanding, mathematical competence and confidence so students leave The PRIDE Academy with the mathematical skills and qualifications needed for success in various aspects of their lives.

Maths Learning Journey

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Science Curriculum Overview

At The PRIDE Academy it is our intention to provide a high-quality Science education that provides children with the foundations they need to recognise the importance of Science in every aspect of daily life.

We believe that students deserve a broad and ambitious Science curriculum, rich in skills and knowledge, which ignites curiosity and prepares them well for future learning or employment. The Science curriculum has been designed to provide students with a deep understanding of the scientific knowledge and ideas that affect them as individuals within a local and globalised context. As they move through the curriculum, students will be increasingly made to develop their curiosity, provide insight into working scientifically and appreciate the value of science in their everyday lives.

At our school, we cater for all abilities in science by providing differentiated learning activities, resources, and support.

Our curriculum provides a gateway into a wide range of career opportunities. It also delivers a framework for understanding the natural world and supporting students to become scientifically literate participants in society.

Students will leave The PRIDE Academy with an appropriate qualification in Science that allows them to make positive choices in preparation for adulthood and help them understand the world around them

Science Learning Journey

Art Curriculum Overview

Our Art and Photography programme is designed to develop and engage the creativity of every student at The PRIDE Academy. We firmly believe that “Everybody is an Artist” Joseph Beuys 1972. Our creative curricula engage, inspire and challenge our students.

The Arts curriculum aims to develop students’ creative selves and equip them with the skills to use their creativity effectively in the world they live in. By engaging in progressively complex areas of study, students have the opportunity to produce creative work, explore their ideas and record their experiences.

Drawing inspiration from the knowledge of great artists, craft makers, and designers allows our students to learn from the masters and understand the rich history and techniques of various art forms. This foundation serves as a springboard for their own creativity and innovation.

By nurturing students’ creative selves and providing them with the tools to effectively use their creativity, the curriculum prepares them to thrive in a rapidly changing world that values innovation and originality.

“Photography helps people to see.” Berenice Abbott 1943. 

Art Learning Journey

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Business Curriculum Overview

The NCFE Level 1/2 Technical Award for Business and Enterprise provides a supportive and inclusive learning environment, we aim to empower our students with essential business knowledge and practical skills while fostering their social, emotional, and mental well-being.

Through a comprehensive curriculum covering topics such as marketing, finance, entrepreneurship, and operations management, students will engage in hands-on learning experiences that promote critical thinking, problem-solving, and teamwork. Our curriculum prioritizes personal development, equipping students with emotional intelligence, resilience, and well-being strategies essential for navigating challenges in both personal and professional life.

Catering Overview

Students in Years 7-11 are taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating.

Catering Learning Journey


Child Development Curriculum Overview

The Child Development curriculum at The PRIDE Academy is designed to provide a holistic approach to understanding the physical, cognitive and emotional development of children. Through a blend of theoretical knowledge and practical application, students learn about various developmental milestones, attachment theory and the impact of socio-economic factors on child wellbeing.

The curriculum emphasises the importance of empathy, communication skills and positive relationships, and supports our students to develop an understanding of how to support children with a diverse range of needs.

With a focus on inclusive practices and sensitivity to individual differences, the subject aims to cultivate a sense of belonging and empowerment among students fostering their own emotional regulation and resilience. By exploring topics such as trauma informed care and strategies for promoting emotional wellbeing in children, students develop a deeper understanding of themselves and others, preparing them for careers in childcare, education or related fields, whilst enhancing their own emotional growth and self-awareness.

Construction Curriculum Overview

Our Construction curriculum is an inspiring, and practical journey that develops imagination. At The PRIDE Academy we enable our students to become independent and creative Learners.

Construction at The PRIDE Academy supports all students to become informed consumers. Our students will gain the valuable knowledge of Health and Safety in the workplace as well as the skills that will allow them to pursue employment in Construction and in their own home.

Construction supports our students with developing their hand and eye coordination skills.

The Construction curriculum at The PRIDE Academy makes an essential contribution to the culture, wealth and well-being of all of our students. Our students learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens

Construction Learning Journey

Hair and Beauty

Hair and Beauty

The Hair & Beauty department at The PRIDE Academy aims to provide a supportive and inclusive environment where students can develop essential skills and confidence in the field of cosmetology.

The curriculum focuses on practical techniques such as hairstyling, make-up application and skincare, while also emphasising the importance of self-care and wellness. Through hands on learning experiences, students acquire not only technical skills, but also gain a sense of achievement and improved self-esteem.

Additionally. the subject incorporates elements of mindfulness and empathy, fostering a positive and nurturing atmosphere where students feel valued and understood. By empowering students to express their creativity and cultivate their talents in Hair & Beauty, the subject promotes personal growth, resilience and a positive self-image.

Music Curriculum Overview

Music at The PRIDE Academy supports students to develop their musical knowledge, understanding, and instrumental skills. Our lessons are pupil focused, looking at a broad range of genres and ways of making music, developing instrumental skills, and developing pupil’s soft skills.

We offer a wide range of ways to make music, including; Guitar, bass, drums, percussion, ukulele, keyboard, music production, composition, singing and recording. Instrumental lessons help students develop their listening and fine motor skills, whilst group work, band playing and recording projects help develop social skills, leadership, communication, compromise and listening skills.

Alongside practical lessons students learn about different genres, musicians and fundamental music theory, whilst also undertaking research projects into musicians and different musical genres.

Music Learning Journey 

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PE Curriculum Overview

Our Physical Education Curriculum strives to empower students to lead active, healthy, and fulfilling lives by embracing physical activity as a lifelong pursuit.

We aim to improve concentration, hand and eye coordination, gross motor skills, and communication and interaction skills through team games and leadership and coaching opportunities. Students are taught the benefits of being mentally and physically healthy and how physical activity can improve both whilst instilling healthy habits and supporting students’ personal and social development.

We offer a wide range of exciting sports to provide students with opportunities to explore different activities and discover their interests and strengths. Some of the sports include Table Tennis, Health Related Fitness, Gymnastics, Handball and Boxing.

By focusing on creating a foundation for lifelong physical well-being, enjoyment, and career opportunities, the PRIDE Academy aims to equip students with the necessary skills, knowledge, and experiences to pursue careers in the field of physical education, sports, and fitness. Whether students choose to pursue a career directly related to physical well-being or leverage the transferable skills gained through their physical education journey, the PRIDE Academy strives to provide a solid foundation for their future success

PE Learning Journey

PSHE Skills Curriculum Overview

Through the PSHE curriculum at The PRIDE Academy, we equip our students with the knowledge, understanding and emotional intelligence to enable them to play an active role in society. We have a thoughtful and mindful approach to PSHE, taking into consideration the social, emotional and mental health needs of our young people.

We encourage all students, irrespective of their backgrounds and personal beliefs, to have the confidence to develop into independent and responsible members of society. We aim to promote our PRIDE values during PSHE lessons and create a culture of equality and acceptance for how different people choose to live their lives. We prioritise educating our students around the ability to stay safe and healthy and ensure that our students are well-equipped to make sensible decisions.

The NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Relationships, Sex & Health Education that we offer provides the knowledge and understanding that will allow our students to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships.  This will enable them to overcome challenges and work towards building a happy and successful adult life where they become productive members of society.

PSHE Learning Journey


Life Skills Curriculum Overview

The Life Skills curriculum at The PRIDE Academy is tailored to equip students with the essential practical, social and emotional skills necessary for navigating everyday life. Through a hands-on approach students learn crucial life skills such as budgeting, cooking, time management and problem solving.

The curriculum also incorporates elements of emotional regulation, communication and self-care, providing students with the tools to manage stress, build resilience and foster positive relationships. Emphasis is placed on personalised learning and support to address the specific needs of each student promoting a sense of autonomy and confidence in their abilities.

By empowering students with the skills to effectively navigate real world challenges, the Life Skills curriculum aims to enhance their independence, self-esteem and overall wellbeing, preparing them for a successful transition into adulthood.

Life Skills Learning Journey

Work Skills

The Work Skills curriculum at The PRIDE Academy is designed to prepare students for the transition into the workforce by equipping them with essential skills and knowledge necessary for success in various employment settings.

Through a combination of practical training, career exploration and personal development activities, students learn about workplace expectations, professional communication, teamwork and problem solving. The curriculum also supports students to build resilience, self-confidence and emotional regulation strategies, thus empowering them to effectively manage stress and navigate interpersonal relationships in the workplace.

Students have the opportunity to develop vocational skills relevant to their interest and career goals. By fostering a supportive and inclusive learning environment, the subject aims to empower students to pursue meaningful employment opportunities and thrive in their chosen career paths.

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Duke of Edinburgh

Students in Years 10 and 11 are given the opportunity to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

This involves undertaking a skill, sport and volunteering as well as taking part in an expedition.

Duke of Edinburgh Learning Journey


Mechanics is offered as an option in Key Stage 4 and Sixth Form.

Mechanics Learning Journey

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Photography is offered as an option for students in Key Stage 4 and Sixth Form.

Photography Learning Journey