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The Curriculum at Merchants’ Academy is designed to ensure that each individual student is educated and supported so that they can successfully with the world today. The Academy offers a wide variety of subjects at different levels as well as ensuring that every student follows a core curriculum that enables them to access their future goals. The curriculum for each part of the Academy is outlined below.  Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) as well as employability skills are embedded throughout the curriculum and within a comprehensive tutorial programme.


Merchants' Academy Primary

Curriculum in Reception to Year 6

In Nursery and Reception classes all students follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. The whole primary follow the Read Write Inc programme for phonics and reading after which they progress to Literacy and Language. In writing in Years 1-3 they follow a model based on the talk for writing programme and continue writing with Literacy and Language through Year 4 - 6. Spelling and handwriting programmes are in place. In maths we follow the Mathematics Mastery programme. In the Foundation subjects we use the Edison Learning programme which is based upon the national curriculum, themed into topics. The topics are then mapped to ensure coverage across the Primary. Edison also provide core learning skills to support the PSHE curriculum. RE follows the Bristol agreed syllabus. ICT computing is taught through the Rising Stars scheme of learning. PE and music are taught by teachers and outside provision is included.


Merchants' Academy Secondary

Curriculum in Years 7, 8 and 9

In Years 7 - 9 prior assessment and baseline testing at the start of Year 7 are used to set students by ability as appropriate to different subjects. This is done to ensure that students maximise progress. Year 9 has a particular focus of building a foundation for GCSE study the following year.

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  • Students with a low level of literacy will follow a dedicated literacy course before they start to learn a foreign language.
  • Technology comprises a series of different areas including Food Technology and Product Design.
  • Humanities covers the areas of History, Geography and Religious Studies.
  • Performing Arts covers Music and Drama.

Curriculum in Years 10 and 11

In Years 10 and 11 students continue to study a core of subjects and compliment this with two option choices. Students are grouped but ability in the core subject areas and are in mixed ability groups for their option subjects. The Academy offers a wide variety of subjects as options. Subjects differ each year depending upon student demand for a particular course.

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Course Options  2016-17

Art & Design, Business, Computer Science, Music, Drama, PE, Product Design, Triple Science, Construction, Health & Social Care.

In Humanities students will specialise in either History or Geography.

Recreational PE remains a part of the core curriculum. Examined PE can be taken as an option.

All students follow a GCSE double award science course. Triple science can be chosen in addition to this.



Years 12 and 13 

In Years 12 & 13 students have the opportunity to specialise in subjects of their choice. All Year 12 students take three A-Levels or possibly the BTEC options of ICT and Health and Social Care.

The following A-Level subjects are available for students who meet the entry requirements:

Art, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Computer Science, Design Technology, Drama, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Music, PE, Photography, Physics, Sociology.

Courses will run provided sufficient students opt for a subject.

All courses are 2 year courses, so students continue the subject choices they made in Year 12 into Year 13.