Oasis Community Learning Statement of Intent
As part of Oasis Community Learning, our curriculum is informed by the Trustwide Statement of Intent below.
The OCL Curriculum Statement of Intent In line with Oasis’ Education Charter, the curriculum is the heart of our academy’s educational provision.
Through this - and our commitment to an exceptional climate for learning and great pedagogy - we make focused learning the foundation of every lesson. We have designed our curriculum to meet the needs of all, striving for personal as well as academic and vocational excellence.
Through our curriculum we will achieve outcomes that drive social mobility and give everyone freedom of choice throughout their lives The Oasis ethos and 9 Habits are a foundation stone to the design and delivery of our curriculum. We know that the development of character doesn’t happen by chance but by purpose and intention: it is therefore an explicit part of our curriculum. We therefore work hard at preparing our students to be the best version of themselves not just for today but for their futures too. We provide our students with information on careers and the world of work encouraging them to be aspirational and ambitious so that they can secure their dream job and enjoy fulfilling careers.
Our curriculum has been designed to ensure our young people thrive, achieve and flourish. It enables them to understand what it is to be human and equips them for life so that they become kind and model citizens. Our curriculum not only develops our young people academically but socially, emotionally, culturally, physically and spiritually.
Whilst our knowledge-rich curriculum is designed to ensure the very best academic outcomes for our young people using the latest research in how the brain and memory works, it is about so much more than simply securing great results. It is about our academy’s determination to achieve excellence with equity and integrity: where we bring advantage to the disadvantaged, where barriers to learning are successfully overcome and there are no limits to the achievement and ambition of our most able. Our knowledge-rich curriculum and our commitment to the Oasis ethos and Nine Habits is supported by our Trust’s policies on Learning and Behaviour for Learning and the work of our National Lead Practitioners and Leads for Learning Innovation.
As well as ensuring our curriculum is informed by the OCL Trustwide Statement of Intent we are committed to delivering a curriculum that upholds and supports our school vision and mission
Oasis Academy Leesbrook Vision
Oasis Academy Leesbrook is a school where all young people receive a personalised educational experience. Students' academic skills, habits and personalities are developed allowing them to successfully progress to work or further education, whilst making a positive contribution to our community
Oasis Academy Leesbrook Mission
Developing happy and successful leaders who are culturally enriched role models in our community
Oasis Academy Leesbrook Mission
Curriculum: Key Stage 3 Year 7 - 9
Students in Years 7,8 and 9 all experience a full, broad and balanced, 3 year Key Stage 3 Curriculum that includes all National Curriculum subjects, with our 9 habits interleaved throughout:
Wellbeing (incorporating Physical Education)
In addition to discreet subjects and as part of our commitment to provide an outstanding and broad spiritual, moral, social and cultural education, all pupils at Leesbrook will be participating in a Blended Character Curriculum. This program is compulsory and is a feature of the statutory education in all schools in England. The curriculum is age appropriate and sensitive in its outlook, and will prepare pupils for adult life in Modern Britain. This will build upon the PSHE program delivered in primary schools and incorporates the statutory elements of Citizenship, PSHE and SRE. The breadth of cultural diversity is celebrated and students are encouraged to share the knowledge and expertise they have gained from their own individual backgrounds. In addition to this, the curriculum incorporates a level of flexibility in order to respond to the needs of individual students.
Individual leadership skills are developed through a range of activities, events and opportunities afforded to students. Additionally, the curriculum further develops critical thinking skills and an awareness of local, national and global issues faced by society.
The delivery of the Curriculum is through mixed ability classes, informed by research conducted by the EEF and available here
Curriculum: Key Stage 4 Year 10 & 11
Our Key Stage 4 Curriculum is highly ambitious for all pupils yet remaining fully inclusive. All students will have full access to study the English Baccalaureate, including a language and a humanity to GCSE level. Our curriculum is tailored to individual students’ needs, providing both challenge and support, where needed. In addition to the EBACC pupil have the ability choose options from a range of subjects including the arts, technologies or further humanities disciplines to GCSE or equivalent level according to their own preferences and strengths. As our staff body grows so too will our ability to further expand our Key Stage 4 Options offer, which currently includes the following in addition to EBACC subjects
Art (Fine Art, Graphics)
Technology (Hospitality and Catering, Resistant Materials)
Furthermore, students who are able to exceed GCSE qualifications in year 11 will be provided with an appropriate range of additional qualifications, including level 3 courses and further level 2 courses (i.e. statistics). Support is scaffolded, with entry level qualifications including ASDAN and “Step up to English” available for students for whom this is most appropriate. KS4 students will continue receive their entitlement of Wellbeing, PSHE and careers guidance, further details of which are accessible through the website.
Careers education is fully integrated into our curriculum. This means that skills for work readiness are delivered every day in all curriculum areas, from Year 7 onwards. All members of staff are able to advise about the relevance of their subject specialisms in terms of jobs and careers pathways, in addition to being trained in the options available for Post-16 Education, from T Levels to A Levels and Apprenticeships. The real life applications of in-class knowledge and skills are made obvious to our students, reflecting our belief that skills for the world of work need to sit at the centre of a robust careers education.
Students will benefit from a carefully tailored program that meets their careers and guidance needs from Year 7 through to Year 11. To help us do this we link our careers guidance to the Gatsby Benchmarks which have been explicitly referenced throughout the DfE’s Careers Strategy (December 2017) and the new Statuary Guidance for careers (January 2018). These 8 benchmarks are outlined below:
Curriculum: Cultural Enrichment
Students also participate in our Cultural Enrichment Offer consisting of a variety of opportunities and experiences designed to set our students apart by providing them with necessary capital to succeed at any Russell Group University and beyond. We value the importance of opening our students up to every possible opportunity in life, and with hard work we know they can reach their goals.
Cultural Enrichment provides an opportunity after school to take part in new activities and develop students holistically, ready for when they become leaders in our community in the future. These activities and clubs can further support their education, develop new skills or continue to feed their passions and interests.
All students are required to attend two cultural enrichment clubs per week