It is important for children to experience a smooth transition from Primary to Secondary education and to a new and exciting curriculum. In Years 7 and 8 students follow the National Curriculum with a focus on half-termly themes. Teachers get to know each student well, enabling them to match tasks and support to every individual’s needs. The curriculum is designed to develop students’ skills and competencies, as well as their subject knowledge.
Because there are almost 30 hours of lessons each week, instead of the usual 25, additional time has been allocated to English, Mathematics and science lessons as well as an enrichment programme in which students choose modules that particularly interest them. Extra booster lessons for students who need additional support are provided to make sure that no student gets left behind. If necessary, parents can also receive training so they can provide additional support for their children.
These first two years will provide the foundation for an earlier start to GCSE courses for those who are ready. This accelerated approach removes the obstacles that can hold back the most able and will also be a motivating force for all students who will benefit from the pace of learning.
Both within and beyond the curriculum there is a marked international dimension to Academy life. For instance, students will get the chance to learn additional languages and communicate with schools in other continents via email and video conferencing. There are also opportunities to participate in student exchange programmes and visits abroad.
Chelsea Academy’s Sixth Form opens in September 2011. This will be characterised by the same high standards and achievements as the rest of the school. Up to 250 students will receive teaching and academic support to rival London’s highest regarded state and independent schools. Chelsea Academy will aim for its sixth formers to progress to the best universities.