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Curriculum at Bristol Brunel Academy

Our curriculum is conversant with our vision of a learning experience which ‘improves life chances for our community’.  This vision (and its influences) is outlined further in our curriculum vision statement.

At Key Stage 4 we offer 3 year courses.  Our reasoning for this is as follows:

  • The time allocated allows subject specialists to explore their subjects in more breadth.
  • Year 9, in many subjects, permits time for skill and knowledge building
  • Students are able to follow subjects appropriate to their chosen pathway


Our Key Stage 4 (Years 9 – 11) curriculum is divided in the following way:

English 5
Mathematics 5
Science 5
Physical Education 2
Block A 3
Block B 3
Block C 3
Block D 3
PSHE including Religious Education 1


Please follow this link for more information on:

Student Pathways at Key Stage 4



Students in year 8 are given personalised support in selecting their options.  The following rationale apply:

  • Pathways should be personalised to ensure ‘life chances’ for all of our learners
  • The breadth of study should be broad for all students


Our Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8) curriculum is underpinned by the central Cabot Learning Federation curriculum.  This partnership has been helpful in ensuring the following:

  • Collaborative curriculum planning to ensure appropriate subject content
  • Standardised assessment which helps to inform future planning and development
  • Wider thinking around curriculum development.

(NB – We are currently re –modelling our curriculum at Key Stage 3 with the following rationale):

  • Ensuring equity across a variety of subject areas for all of our learners
  • Responding to the wider needs of the academy



For further information regarding our curriculum, please contact


Simon Jones, Assistant Principal

October 2018