Our Curriculum

Our curriculum provision offers a wide choice and a wealth of opportunities for academic and applied learning, and a broad and challenging offer in the Sixth Form. Our curriculum is divided into three pathways that set out the 11-19 learning journey students undertake while at the academy. More details of the academy’s 11-19 curriculum model can be found here. Each student’s pathway will be initially determined by their attainment on entry in Year 7, but at all points we will actively encourage students moving to higher pathways if appropriate, so that no child is ever limited in terms of what they can achieve, and we maintain the highest of expectations for all our students. At all key stages students are assessed on their attainment, progress and attitude to learning. Both the pastoral teams (see list below) and curriculum teams monitor students’ progress and any students who are not achieving as expected receive appropriate intervention and support. Parents and carers receive a progress update each term and we hold a series of parent evenings where staff, students and parents and carers can review and discuss student progress. If there are any concerns, we welcome parents into the academy to discuss these issues with our staff who are more than willing to help.

Subject intent statements

Please see here for the subject intent statements of each of the subjects on offer at the academy.


If you have any questions about our curriculum provision, please contact the relevant Head of Year via our dedicated parent/carer email address: parents@mulberryacademyshoreditch.org

Pastoral Team 2019/2020:

  • Head of Year 7: Colin McCabe
  • Head of Year 8: Annalie James
  • Head of Year 9: Karl Hatton
  • Head of Year 10: Jessica Taylor
  • Head of Year 11: Gabriella McRill
  • Head of Year 12: Pani Matsangos
  • Head of Year 13: Angela Wallace

Key Stage 3

Years 7 and 8
At MAS we operate a two year Key Stage 3 (years 7 and 8) with students choosing GCSE options in year 8. Our aim is to identify and close gaps in core learning, and promote deep conceptual understanding at Key Stage 3 to ensure students have as successful and enriching a learning experience as possible. We believe a challenging, enriching curriculum experience at key stage 3 is key to ensuring that all students have in place the fundamental skills and knowledge building blocks to fulfil their potential at Key Stage 4 and beyond as part of their 11-19 learning journey.

Key Stage 3 subjects studied

Key Stage 3 is a two year curriculum and includes:

  • English
  • Languages (French, Spanish and Latin)
  • Maths
  • Art
  • Science
  • Computer Studies
  • Music
  • P.E.
  • Humanities
  • Technology
  • Drama
  • Religious Education

Key Stage 3 Assessment Maps

Key Stage 4

Years 9, 10 and 11
Key Stage 4 starts in Year 9. The core curriculum includes English, Maths, Science, RE and Core PE. At the end of Year 8, students and their families choose their Key Stage 4 options. Further details of all the subjects and courses offered are shown below. Students will continue to move along their curriculum pathway to achieve a set of challenging target grades across the range of subjects they study.

Key Stage 4 subjects offered

GCSE
Art, Bengali, Computer Science, Drama, Economics, English, French, Geography, History, Latin, Maths, Music, PE, Photography, Psychology, Religious Education, Science, Sociology, Spanish

BTEC/Vocational
Business Studies, Construction, Hospitality, ICT, Sport

Key Stage 4 Subject Options

Year 8 Options Timeline 2019/2020

Week beginning 20th January 2020

Options assemblies – will take place all week. Students will learn about the different subjects they can choose.

Week beginning 3rd February 2020

Options events – parents/carers and students will be invited in to attend one of the options events happening during this week. At these events, further information will be provided on the subjects on offer with a copy of the options form to make your choices.

10th February 2020

Deadline for the return of the completed options forms.

March 2020

Final options choices letters sent to parents/carers.

A copy of the Options Booklet can be found here (Published February 2019)

Key Stage 5

Years 12 and 13
We offer A Levels in facilitating subjects as well as Level 3 BTECs within a personalised curriculum and across the three curriculum pathways. Students are offered a vast range of opportunities to build on personal skills, taking part in mentoring, volunteering, leadership, sports and other enrichment programmes. The sixth form centre includes a specialised study area with access to wifi, laptops and other resources designed to meet individual student’s needs. Students will work with a dedicated sixth form team, a personalised guidance programmes to support them with university applications. They will have opportunities to work with mentors in industry; links with corporate partners and blue chip organisations to assist with employability skills and university applications. Through this we will ensure every sixth form student can springboard to success and secure a better future.

Key Stage 5 subjects offered

A Levels

Maths, Chemistry, Politics, English Literature, Core Maths (AS), Physics, Biology, Law, Psychology, Drama, Criminology (WJEC), Further Maths, Economics, History, Sociology, Business, Computer Science, Media, Geography, PE, Biology, Spanish, RE, Film Studies (AS)

BTEC Level 3

Business (Diploma), Health and Social Care  (Ex Dip), Applied Sciences, IT (Certificate)

BTEC Level 2

BTEC Work Skills, BTEC First Public Services, GCSE English, GCSE Maths

Key Stage 5 subject outlines

Information about each subject offered at Mulberry Academy Shoreditch Sixth Form

Sixth Form subject outlines