Curriculum Statement

All students, without regard to age, aptitude, attainment level, ability or social circumstances, are entitled to an education of the highest quality. Education is of value for its own sake and TQEA seeks to encourage all students to learn at school, outside school and beyond academy age.

The academy curriculum recognises individual student needs and abilities and supports the development of intellectual, cultural, moral, aesthetic, spiritual, physical and social qualities.

At TQEA, we have developed a broad and balanced curriculum that enables students to learn, recall and apply knowledge and skills across different contexts, supported by a robust and consistent approach to assessment. The curriculum makes meaningful links between areas of knowledge across the curriculum and the major issues of our time.This will lead to successful and resilient lifelong learners who can cope in a range of changing contexts.

TQEA’s Curriculum will support the Academy Aims of “We can and We Will”.  At the heart of TQEA’s curriculum is the focus on reading which can be seen to permeate all subjects.

The academy aims to maximise potential in academic terms. However we also aim to provide enrichment activities that broaden a student’s experiences whilst at our academy. It is our ambition to encourage our young people to develop into responsible citizens with moral purpose and values that help sustain their everyday lives. We are committed to all students and believe that each individual matters and should be provided for wherever possible.

We plan to provide quality educational experiences that will enable us to celebrate the successes of all students achieving their potential and provide inspirational and motivating learning opportunities. The promotion of life-long learning that encourages individuals to become valued members of the community will, we believe, provide a secure pathway towards the future independence for all.

For details of our Teaching Charter please click here.

Special Educational Needs

Students with barriers to learning, ranging from specific learning difficulties to physical disabilities, will be supported to participate and achieve in every aspect of academy life as part of our commitment to all students. The pastoral team will have an overview of every student to ensure that this commitment is fulfilled and will be in regular liaison with parents at all stages of a student’s career at the academy.

The curriculum needs of all groups of students are considered at all stages of curriculum development.


To support students to achieve their maximum potential the academy has targeted intervention groups in a wide variety of subject areas.

Information, Advice and Guidance.

The academy has a strong pastoral system to support students of every year. Independent Careers Advice and Guidance is provided to ensure that all our students can access a high quality of individual support when appropriate.
Curriculum Organisation
The academy runs a timetable which comprises of 25 academic periods per week. In addition, there are five tutor periods a week

For more information or any enquiries regarding our Curriculum please contact our Assistant Principal, Mr Richard Armishaw via:


Telephone: 01827 712477

Year 7 Curriculum

Curriculum Structure


The KS3 curriculum is designed to build on the new primary national curriculum. Departments develop their KS3 curriculum based on the KS3 national curriculum with appropriate changes being included in order to support student’s preparation for specific KS4 courses. The national curriculum can be accessed here.

The KS3 curriculum consists of English, Maths, Science, PE, RE, ICT, PSHE, Geography, History, Art, Drama, Music, MFL and Technology subjects including Food and STEM


The KS4 curriculum provides the flexibility to support students in following a route appropriate to enable the student to succeed.

The KS4 curriculum consists of GCSEs in English, Maths, Science and RE which are all compulsory. This is combined with PSHE and PE. Students can then choose 4 other ‘options’, from a range of GCSE subjects and Level 2 vocational subjects including: Art, Computing, Spanish, ICT, Geography, History, Food Technology, Media Studies, Business Studies, Sport Studies, Music and Drama. The DFE 2022 target is that all students are eligible for the EBacc and TQEA is in line to meet this ambitious target. Eligibility for the EBacc means students need to study English, Maths, English Literature, Science, either History or Geography and a MFL.

Enrichment and Personal Development

Click here for details of our Personal, Social, health and Economic (PSHE) education provision.

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

The academy offers a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities for all age groups. These can be subdivided into four areas: Cultural, Sporting, International visits, Trips. TQEA is fully committed to ensuring that all children and young people have full access to a rich variety of stimulating learning experiences, both inside and outside the classroom. At TQEA there are a variety of extra curricular clubs, ranging from homework club, Creative Writing Club, Film Club, Gardening Club, Science, Art and Music Clubs, Drama performances (such as last year’s performance of Matilda) to name a few.

TQEA also has a commitment to ensure there are extensive enrichment opportunities and visits: recent ones of the last academic year include a visit to Oxford university; a planned visit to Barcelona; the National Maritime Museum; theatre visits; a visit to Boulogne-sur-Mer; as well as leadership opportunities where TQEA students lead younger students in academic and sporting endeavour.

For more information regarding our curriculum please contact:


“What makes the difference is something that we might call Character”

Character, is something that we may never see on a certificate, but it is often what makes a difference.  We know it when we see it and we often see it in our most successful learners. 

We are talking about resilience, endeavour, pride and kindness. 

The tenacity to stick with the task at hand, and the ability to bounce back from the knocks that life inevitably brings.  Now actually I don’t think you can just walk into a class of 28 students one day and say – today, we are going to learn about character, today we are going to do resilience and endeavour.  Of course you can’t, but these are things you can pick up a from your journey through school, especially when you emerge yourself fully in school life.  The TQEA Learning Journey highlights the opportunities available to our students throughout their time at TQEA.