Curriculum

At John Port Spencer we prepare our students for a fast moving and rapidly changing world. We have a culture of high expectations and our values – aspiration, resilience, responsibility – are those which allow students to succeed both in school and beyond. We challenge and motivate students to ensure that they reach their full potential. While there is a strong emphasis on academic achievement, students are given the support and guidance to develop as individuals, and we offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities outside the classroom.

As a large academy we are able to offer a broad curriculum which gives students access to a range of academic disciplines. We recognise the key importance of English, Maths and Science but also believe passionately in the value of languages, humanities and the arts.

As well as the academic curriculum, the academy is very aware of the value of PSHE, Citizenship and careers education. These form an integral part of our education, offered through our curriculum, PSHE programme and half termly Enrichment Days.

The curriculum strategy is designed to

  • Maximise achievement
  • Be flexible and responsive
  • Offer a wide range of subjects to ensure students’ options are open
  • Promote aspiration and learning for life
  • Build community cohesion
  • Develop a clear sense of direction and focus for the future
  • Prepare students to make a positive contribution to Modern Britain

Key Stage 3 Curriculum
At Key Stage 3, all students follow the National Curriculum by studying English, Mathematics, Science, Art, Geography, History, ICT, Languages (French, German and Spanish), Performing Arts (Art, Music and Drama), Physical Education, Religious Education and Technology. The Key Stage 3 curriculum develops a strong foundation for these subject areas, strengthening skills and building knowledge required for further study, whilst striving to develop a passion and enthusiasm for learning.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum
Key Stage 4 is introduced in Year 10. Our Pathways process is based on the interests, abilities and aptitude of pupils and they are supported at an individual level to help them choose the subjects that are right for them. We offer a range of GCSE and Vocational qualifications. All pupils study English, Mathematics and Science In addition, all pupils take part in timetabled physical education.

Key Stage 5 Curriculum
Pupils are offered a varied diet of academic A Levels and Vocational qualifications that cater for Level 3 needs, challenging and spurring pupils to compete for places at Russell Group Universities and for Apprenticeships. Courses are available in a wide range of subjects and guidance is given in helping pupils to choose the subjects that are right for them and their future plans.

More information about the subject content delivered at all Key Stages and a full list of Key Stage 4 and 5 courses, can be found in the Curriculum section of the school’s website.

Enrichment
John Port Spencer Academy engage with many experiences outside the Academy including the following experiences.

  • The Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme
  • The National Citizenship Service
  • Royal Society of Chemistry’s National Schools’ Analyst Competition being held at Keel University
  • Royal Society of Chemistry’s top of the bench competition
  • The Young Engineers and Scientists of Derbyshire (YESD) competition at Derby University
  • Jaguar Maths in Motion
  • Rolls Royce STEM event
  • Ingestre Hall Art and performing arts Residential
  • Camps International (Borneo and Galapagos 2020)
  • Whole school productions
  • Peer Mentoring Training
  • UK Maths Challenge, Leeds University
  • Sports Leaders UK
  • Derbyshire County Cup
  • English Schools Cup
  • Student Leadership throughout the academy is strong with opportunities for students to be prefects, subject ambassadors and peer mentors in all Year Groups.
  • Student Leadership throughout the academy is strong with opportunities for students to be prefects, subject ambassadors and peer mentors in all Year Groups.