Our Curriculum

Broad & Balanced Curriculum

A broad and balanced curriculum is offered at every key stage, encompassing both core academic and additional vocational subjects including hospitality and horticulture. As students progress through the key stages this is complemented by opportunities for learners to experience the world of work via work experience and supported internships. In addition to its relationships with employers in the immediate vicinity, Snowfields Academy has access to the vast network of employer relationships already secured by the ‘Working with Business’ team within Leigh Academies Trust, offering engagement opportunities including workplace visits and career talks.

Furthermore, focus events enable students to experience a range of curricular disciplines, and participation in academy-wide days dedicated to areas such as arts, sports, STEM, languages, religious and cultural festivals, wellbeing and careers provide opportunities for extended learning on a regular basis.

Personalised learning at Snowfields Academy provides the scope for curriculum content to be adapted to suit the aptitude of every learner; some students present as gifted and talented, and as such teaching staff will be able to offer tasks to stretch and challenge the most able in any subject.

Key Stages

At Key Stage 3 (KS3), students study the full range of National Curriculum subjects following the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP). The MYP, taught across all Leigh Academies Trust academies, gives young people the confidence to manage their own learning. Students do this by connecting the classroom to the wider world alongside developing an understanding of global challenges and commitment to act as responsible citizens. At every stage students are supported to access their learning in a way that is relevant to their personalised needs. Subjects studied are as follows; language acquisition, language and literature, individuals and societies, sciences, mathematics, arts, physical and health education and design.

Moving on to Key Stage 4 (KS4) students continue to study English, maths, science, PE and PSHE/citizenship/RE and also have the opportunity to choose the most appropriate pathway for themselves. Students also choose from either vocational or academic subjects dependent upon their need. Teaching/support staff at the academy work collaboratively with students and families to support them to meet their aspirations.

As they transition from KS4 to KS5, those who choose to remain at Snowfields Academy will be given the opportunity to select a personalised vocational pathway. At Key Stage 5, English and maths will remain mandatory. At this stage learners will also study travel training/independence, personal finance, and PE/leisure activity. Each week students will study a vocational pathway in either catering/hospitality, horticulture/land-based studies, or retail/office skills. In addition, students will be able to study either an arts or an ICT award depending on their interests and aptitude.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

“… The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a not-for-profit foundation, motivated by its mission to create a better world through education.”

What is the MYP?

  • The MYP (Middle Years Programme) is a challenging framework that encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world. Teaching the MYP curriculum framework comprises eight subject groups, providing a broad and balanced Key Stage 3 education.
  • As well as the eight subject groups, there is also cross-curricular, interdisciplinary teaching and the opportunity to complete a community project. Units are built upon concepts, including a global concept that ensures students are able to make connections between their learning and life outside of the academy, in their local community and beyond.
  • It allows integrated development of cognitive and affective skills.
  • It allows academies to develop a curriculum appropriate for their individual needs.
  • It develops autonomous and critical learners.
  • Content is chosen by academies, but is delivered within a concept-driven curriculum to bring coherence across subjects.
  • Assessment drives learning and teaching positively.

At the centre is the IB Learner Profile

IB Programmes give structured opportunities for students to be:

  • Knowledgeable
  • Caring
  • Risk-takers
  • Principled
  • Balanced
  • Communicators
  • Thinkers
  • Open-minded
  • Reflective
  • Inquirers
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Middle years programme