Curriculum Overview

Introduction and Intent


Ormiston Victory Academy is divided into 7 year groups, Year 7-13. Core subjects are banded and set according to continued assessment. Setting is reviewed regularly following different assessment points throughout the academic year.

Year 7 to 10 have 25 timetabled lessons per week, Year 11 have 26 lessons per week with a variety of Academy Enrichment offered daily. Year 12 and 13 have 5 lessons per subject, per week, with additional supervised study periods.

We are currently in a transitional phase with our Year 7 and 8 students following a three year Key Stage 3 and a two year Key Stage 4.

Curriculum Intent

Victory Curriculum Intent Aim: To provide the depth of knowledge and fine technical skills that our students need to take advantage of opportunities, responsibilities and cultural experiences. In this way it addresses social disadvantage and provides all students with the best possible chance in life.  The curriculum has equally high ambition for academic, vocational and technical pathways. Across each discipline, knowledge and skills are sequenced towards clearly defined goals. It is critical to us that our students enjoy all of their learning experience and thrive by being taught by high quality subject specialists.

The objectives of our curriculum are to:

  • Maintain breadth and balance in Years 7, 8 & 9 so students have a wide range of options at Key Stage 4.
  • Ensure we are meeting the needs of the national curriculum.
  • Enable students to have a voice in the shape of the curriculum choice with support.
  • Provide students with the time to study their chosen subjects in depth through a three year KS4.
  • Remain as broad as possible at KS4 through a fourth ‘enrichment’ option.
  • Introduce cross – curricular learning that contextualises and secures knowledge within core subjects.
  • Provide accessible and engaging level 2 and 3 pathways in academic, vocational and technical qualifications.
  • Highlight qualification purpose and indented progression routes to students and wider stakeholders.
  • Outline how knowledge and skills progress across each key stage within each subject area.
  • Allow students to leave the academy with the qualifications necessary to choose their next steps.
  • Ensure every student makes above expected progress in English, Mathematics and Science
  • Provide the opportunity for every student to reach and exceed their potential.
  • Addresses social disadvantage through the EBacc and personalised pathways.
  • Increase EBacc uptake year on year, through quality of career and education guidance.
  • Meet the needs of each individual’s career aspiration, with personalised employer contact.
  • Prepare students for the local labour market.
  • Lead to outstanding achievement without compromising on well-being and creativity.
  • Help Students develop their ‘bank’ of cultural capital.
  • Help as many students achieve ‘first choices’ as a result of expressing their preferences.

What we want pupils to be able to know and do by the time they leave?

  • Next steps. Available pathways for all individuals.
  • Students leaving the academy with the academic skills necessary to choose their next step in education.
  • Students leaving the academy with the necessary technical skills to be successful, both in further training and employment
  • Providing all students with the skills to fulfil their day to day lives.

Please click here to view the OAT Curriculum Statement