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Curriculum

Curriculum

KS4 (Year 10 & 11)

KS4 (Year 10 & 11)

KS4 (Year 10 & 11)

Mathematics, English and Science are the foundation for all STEM subjects and therefore all IKB students study the following core subjects.

  • GCSE English Language
  • GCSE English Literature
  • GCSE Mathematics
  • GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics (Triple Science)

Our curriculum model offers more than the usual hours teaching to ensure success in these key subjects.

All students will attend one day per fortnight work placement and this will be organised and prepared for during term 1 and 2. Currently work placements take place every other Friday (term time only).

Students choose three subjects from the following:

  • GCSE Computing
  • GCSE Product Design (with the optional focus on Electronics)
  • GCSE Health and Social Care
  • GCSE ICT
  • BTEC Level 2 Engineering
  • BTEC Level 2 Construction

As one of their choices, students can choose a Wellsway taught subject where they fit in the block system; these include:

  • GCSE History
  • GCSE Geography
  • GCSE French
  • GCSE German
  • GCSE Art
  • GCSE PE

And many others (availability can be discussed on request).

When students have made their subject choices we will organise the teaching blocks to maximise the availability of student choices. 

KS5 (Year 12 & 13)

KS5 (Year 12 & 13)

KS5 (Year 12 & 13)

Mathematics is the foundation for all STEM subjects and therefore all IKB students study one of the following core subjects in years 12 & 13.

  • A Level Mathematics
  • AS Level Mathematics
  • Level 3 Core Mathematics

All students will attend one day per week work placement and this will be organised and prepared for during term 1 and 2. Currently work placements take place every Monday (Term time only).

All students take part in enrichment (currently timetabled for Tuesday afternoons), this year opportunities include: Duke of Edinburgh, Volunteering, Sport, Green Power, Student Council.

Students choose up to three subjects from the following: 

  • A Level Physics
  • A Level Chemistry
  • A Level Biology
  • A Level Further Maths
  • A Level Product Design
  • A Level/BTEC L3 Health and Social Care
  • A Level ICT
  • A Level/BTEC L3 Engineering
  • BTEC L3 Science
  • BTEC L3 Engineering (as a double qualification)
  • BTEC L3 Construction (as a double qualification)

As one of their choices, students can choose a Wellsway taught subject where they fit in the block system; these include:

  • A Level Art
  • A Level Business Studies
  • Applied A Level Business Studies
  • A Level Psychology
  • A Level History
  • A Level Geography

And many others (availability can be discussed on request).

When students have made their subject choices we will organise the teaching blocks to maximise the availability of student choices.

Entry requirements

Entry is subject to GCSE/Key Stage 4 results. Each individual subject has its own entry requirements, however at IKB it is expected that you will have achieved a minimum of 5 GCSE grades at C or above, where one must be in English or Maths.

Thumbnail version of the benefits of the IKB Sixth Form flyer linking to a PDF.As an IKB Sixth Form student you get:

Fantastic qualifications, taught by passionate teachers in excellent facilities
Full study programmes designed to fulfil your future aspirations
Independent learning experiences with support and skills delivered through a bespoke IKB mindset programme
• The opportunity to experience specialist work placements that will support your applications into competitive degree courses and apprenticeships
Membership of a small tutor group, meeting weekly with your individual tutor to support and guide you
• To be part of a small unique Sixth Form where you are known and understood and encouraged to excel
Recognised as young adults and given the freedom to manage your own free time, wear your own clothes, build mature relationships with teachers and adults within the school
Subject specific trips and visits in the following areas:
Physics/Maths – theme park trip to develop kinematics and mechanics
Physics/Engineering – residential trip to Cern in Geneva, Switzerland, to develop understanding of particle physics and cuttingedge engineering
Biology – residential field trip to develop ecology techniques
Chemistry – a university residential with industry visits
• Product Design – a trip to London to visit the Design Museum, local trips to areas of design interest
Engineering – industry visits to experience production and manufacturing processes across a wide variety of engineering sectors
• An additional summer enrichment trip abroad for enjoyment with your peers, with activities to entertain you.

Gifted & Talented

Gifted & Talented

Gifted & Talented

The IKB Academy is fully committed to personalising the learning of all students and ensuring equality of opportunity for all. We believe that every student, whatever their ability, has the right to be challenged and so encouraged to develop to their full potential.

The school wishes to encourage a growth mindset for all and, as such, would not wish to create a culture of elitism for the highest attainers. Nevertheless, we recognise the need to identify and respond to the requirements of those students with exceptional ability, and intend to use the DfE definition as our guide.

Identification

Gifted = Top 5-10% of students within school as measured by actual or potential achievement

Talented = Top 5-10% of students per school as measured by actual or potential achievement in the subjects of Art, Music, PE, Games and DT. (In reality, within IKB Studio School we are identifying the top attainers in terms of creativity, imagination and the practical application of subjects, such as Engineering, Enterprise and ICT).

We will consider both definitions flexibly and appreciate that the definition is relational and can vary from institution to institution. Since students also can move in and out of the scope of Gifted & Talented, as they progress throughout their education, we do not intend to label students or create a specific register. Rather, our focus will be on encouraging a praise and aspirational culture for all.

Subjects

Subjects

BTEC Business (Pdf, 18kb)
BTEC Construction (Pdf, 19kb)
BTEC Engineering (Pdf, 22kb)
GCSE Art and Design (Pdf, kb)
GCSE Business (Pdf, 21kb)
GCSE Chemistry (Pdf, 38kb)
GCSE Computer Science (Pdf, 16kb)
GCSE Drama (Pdf, 16kb)
GCSE English Language and English (Pdf, 25kb)
GCSE French and German (Pdf, 22kb)
GCSE Geography (Pdf, 19kb)
GCSE History (Pdf, 17kb)
GCSE ICT (Pdf, 17kb)
GCSE Maths (Pdf, 11kb)
GCSE Music (Pdf, 17kb)
GCSE Physical Education (Pdf, 25kb)
GCSE Physics (Pdf, 12kb)
GCSE Product Design (Pdf, 13kb)
GCSE Maths (Pdf, 940kb)
GCSE Triple Science (Pdf, 1.4mb)

Career Pathways

Career Pathways

Career Pathways

Enrichment

Enrichment

Enrichment

At IKB we value enrichment as vital part of the learning experience, it provides the students opportunities to develop their personal skills through a number of vibrant enrichment activities that range from sporting activities through to immersing themselves in a STEM topic.

Typical enrichment activities are:

Duke of Edinburgh award, Robot Wars, Greenpower Fromula 24, Private Study, Volunteering, Ice Skating, 5 A-Side Football, Rock Climbing etc…