Curriculum overview

The curriculum at Trinity Academy Sowerby Bridge aims to ensure that we:

  • Provide a broad and balanced curriculum which is engaging and challenging for all students.
  • Equip all students with the knowledge and skills required to succeed.
  • Maintain a strong focus on the core literacy and numeracy skills required for success.
  • Continue to provide an outstanding level of education.
  • Develop well-rounded citizens who are empathetic, honest, responsible and respectful at all times.

The subsequent pages within this section provide information about more detailed aspects of our curriculum provision.

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 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 moment 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 more broad and balanced curriculum including the creative and more active subjects is a key element of the curriculum diet 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 talents are identified and where students 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.

Curriculum for Life

The Curriculum for Life is an entitlement for all students at Trinity Academy Sowerby Bridge. This has been developed in support of the UK Youth Parliament’s campaign, ‘Lessons for Life’, and 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 number of special events, visiting speakers and focus days.

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. At least one third of each year group study the full suite of English Baccalaureate subjects and all students follow a range of qualifications that lead to successful pathways to further education, training or employment. We offer the following range of 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