Curriculum overview

The curriculum at Trinity Academy Sowerby Bridge has been designed with the intent of transforming and enriching the lives of our students, to set them up for a happy and successful future.

We aim to transform the lives of our students through our:

  • Delivery of a focused and purposeful curriculum. This has been designed by specialists and delivered by passionate practitioners, which will equip students with the knowledge, skills and experiences they need to successfully enter the world of work.
  • Commitment to being a values-driven Academy, placing our core values of empathy, honesty, respect and responsibility at the heart of everything we do. We aim to give all of our students the tools they need to flourish as young adults and continue to contribute positively to society.
  • Dedication to all students leaving us as strong communicators: able to speak clearly, listen effectively, write coherently and understand the value of reading.
  • Relentless focus on ambitious aspirations for all, ensuring that all of our students are given opportunities and experiences that open their eyes to potential new pathways, partnered with the knowledge and skills required to achieve their goals.

We aim to transform the lives of our students by:

  • Ensuring that high quality teacher instruction is at the heart of teaching and learning.
  • Ensuring recall and interleaving of content and acquisition of new knowledge is a priority.
  • Ensuring strong routines at all times contribute to a safe and purposeful environment.
  • Removing barriers for all to allow them to leave us as well rounded citizens who are able to positively contribute to society, with sufficient skills for future employment and education;
  • Providing opportunities for cultural experiences, linked to our curriculum.
Years 7, 8 and 9

During Years 7 – 9, students follow a broad and balanced curriculum encompassing thirteen different subjects. Through this journey they can expect to be introduced to many different ideas, disciplines and opportunities to flourish and progress, to build skills, knowledge and experience, finding their areas of interests whilst addressing the core skills they need to be successful. During this journey there is a clear emphasis on developing and securing the core skills in literacy and numeracy that will impact on all other learning. At Trinity Academy Sowerby Bridge there is nothing more important to us than providing the building blocks for success.

English Baccalaureate subjects

At Trinity Academy Sowerby Bridge, students embark upon a challenging, fulfilling broad and balanced academic pathway from the first day they join us. As a result, they will study a modern foreign language (French), science, computer science, history and geography.

Wider curriculum subjects

Providing a broader and more balanced curriculum, including the creative arts and more active subjects, is a key element of the curriculum provision for young people at Trinity Academy Sowerby Bridge. As a result, students learn about and develop skills and knowledge in religious studies, art and design and design technology. These areas are often where individual talents are identified and where students have the opportunity to flourish in a less academic setting. Students enjoy and achieve well in these areas and this often leads to extended work and participation in our extra-curricular programme – Involve.

Further information on our KS3 curriculum can be found in our Topics Maps.

Weekly Wellbeing

Our Academic Wellbeing programme (known as Weekly Wellbeing) is an entitlement for all students at Trinity Academy Sowerby Bridge. It supports our students to become healthy, considerate and active citizens in modern Britain. Through this initiative, students access careers advice, sex and relationships education, online safety, British values and financial capability, among other key topic areas. This is accessed throughout their school life through a weekly timetabled lesson, delivered in form groups to ensure age-appropriate planning and help build strong relationships between form tutors and their tutees. This, in turn, helps to further strengthen our provision of pastoral care.

The journey to achieving qualifications success begins at the start of Year 10 and leads to students sitting a minimum of eight GCSE or equivalent qualifications across the two years. All students follow a range of qualifications that lead to successful pathways to further education, training or employment. We offer the following GCSE and equivalent qualifications:

Core GCSEs English Baccalaureate GSCEs Other Qualifications
Maths English Language English Literature French Sciences History Geography Computer Science GCSE Art OCR Business BTEC Art & Design OCR ICT BTEC Sport BTEC Health & Social Care OCR ICT BTEC Performing Arts NCFE Food & Catering NCFE Creative Studies NCFE Graphic Design Cambridge National Child Development