National Curriculum in more detail

We follow the National Curriculum for most of our students.

The National Curriculum (NC) applies to all students of compulsory school age and is organised into four KEY STAGES as shown below:

  Key Stage 1 Key Stage 2 Key Stage 3 Key Stage
Age Range 5 - 7 7 - 11 11 - 13 13 - 16
Year Groups 1 - 2 3 - 6 7 - 8 9 - 11
Range of levels students will be
expected to work within
85 - 115
(Scaled Score)
80 - 120
(Scaled Score)
Expected level of attainment
for most students at end of Key Stage
100 100 9 - 1 Levels A* - G grades
9 - 1 Levels

Please note at Banbury Academy we currently start KS4 in Year 9. Other schools may differ. 
A 3 year Key Stage 3 will be introduced in the academic year 2018-19.

For each Key Stage and for each subject the National Curriculum is made up of two areas:

1. The Programmes of Study

The Programmes of Study provide the basis for teachers planning and schemes of work and identify what students should be taught.

2. Attainment Targets (ATs) and Level Descriptors

These set out expected standards of performance. An Attainment Target sets out the knowledge and skills students are expected to have by the end of each Key Stage. Each Attainment Target consists of eight levels and these provide teachers with the basis for making judgements about a student’s performance.

At Banbury Academy we aim to provide a curriculum that:

  • gives opportunities for all students to learn and to achieve
  • promotes students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
  • prepares all students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.

Our Curriculum Objectives

To achieve these aims we recognise that students follow:

  • The statutory requirements of the National Curriculum at Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8) and Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 and 11)
  • A broad and balanced range of courses from Key Stage 3 onwards.
  • Feedback on progress, reports to parents and advice on targets.
  • Personal, social and health education including careers and work related learning, citizenship, enterprise and sex education.
  • Learning support, mentoring and careers advice.

Our curricular aims and objectives are delivered through the following departments:
English; Foreign Languages; Maths; Science; Art; Drama; DT; Music; Home Economics; Health and Social Care; History; Geography; Law; Sociology; Psychology; Media Studies, Business Studies and PE.

In addition, we encourage our students to participate in a range of extra-curricular opportunities which will support their learning.