Our Curriculum2018-10-19T12:48:10+00:00
Where gaps in knowledge and skills appear during Phase One, this is addressed through Bungee intervention. The Bungee intervention team are highly skilled in providing small group support to address misconceptions and misunderstanding. Students are selected for this on a dynamic basis throughout the year, and may be temporarily withdrawn from some other lessons to address and focus on core skills. Once students have developed understanding and confidence, they will then re-join their usual lessons.
Where gaps in knowledge and skills appear during Phase One, this is addressed through Bungee intervention. The Bungee intervention team are highly skilled in providing small group support to address misconceptions and misunderstanding. Students are selected for this on a dynamic basis throughout the year, and may be temporarily withdrawn from some other lessons to address and focus on core skills. Once students have developed understanding and confidence, they will then re-join their usual lessons.

At Trinity Academy, students embark upon a challenging, fulfilling broad and balanced academic pathway from the moment they join us. As a result, they will study English Language, English Literature, Science and History or Geography. Some students may also study Modern Foreign Languages (MFL – French or Spanish) and Triple Science.

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. As a result, students learn about and develop skills and knowledge in Religious Studies, Art and Design, Design Technology, Music and Performing Arts. 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.

All students in years 7-10 study a core RE programme. The programme comprises the teachings of a variety of religions and links to wider topics which broaden students’ spiritual and moral education

The Academy values of honesty, empathy, respect and responsibility play an integral part in the curriculum for life programme and all students and staff take part in a daily 2-minute silent reflection, aimed to provide space and time for thinking and reflecting on a world event.

These values are underpinned by annual whole school events such as the whole school act of remembrance, the Christmas Minster visit and Easter service. These events also reflect the Academy’s religious ethos.

In addition to timetabled academic subjects, all students follow a ‘curriculum for life’ programme which aims to develop their spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding. Delivery of the curriculum for life programme will be provided for in year groups to be tailored to the specific needs of different age groups.

The core curriculum for life programme will be delivered through assemblies, vertical tutoring sessions and collective worship.

Sex and relationships education, drugs and alcohol education and careers education will be provided through a variety of drop down days, assemblies and smaller group sessions where needed.

In addition to the core curriculum for life programme, students will have the opportunity to partake in cultural trips, visits and residentials, based on their interests and needs.

The curriculum at Trinity Academy Halifax comprises a broad and balanced range and depth of subjects, which aim to nurture high aspirations and prepare students for the opportunities and challenges of the rapidly changing world. The curriculum offer, along with quality first teaching, impacts positively on learning and progress, ensuring that all students develop both academically and as rounded citizens.

We aim to:

  • Provide a varied curriculum offer to students which ensures deep understanding of individual subjects, leading to a rich body of knowledge.
  • Ensure the best possible progress and highest academic achievement for all by tailoring the curriculum to individual needs, ensuring flexibility and responding to change where necessary.
  • Give students access to appropriate careers information, advice and guidance at all stages, and that options are open to students through their academic achievement and experiences gained at Trinity Academy Halifax.
  • Promote students spiritual, moral and social understanding by a varied Curriculum for Life programme which responds to the needs of TAH students.

All students at Trinity Academy are placed in year groups, for example Year 7 or Year 11. The academy also works in ‘phases’ and each student is placed within a phase. These allow us to identify students in particular stages of their educational development and offer a range of learning opportunities as relevant.

Our phase system is also crucial to areas such as our Vertical Tutoring. Each phase is headed by a Phase Leader, who takes overall responsibility for the academic development of students and the transition of learners between each stage of their life at the academy.

Our phases are as follows:

  • Phase 1 – Years 7 and 8.
  • Phase 2 – Years 9, 10, 11.
  • 6th Form – Years 12 and 13.

Students are given regular opportunities to hear from their Phase Leader and they also work closely with our College Managers to ensure that students have the support that they require.

Phase 1

Students have a 25 hour week and study a mixture of maths, English, science, MFL (Spanish or French), geography, history, RS, creative carousel, performing arts, computer science and PE.

Students who have difficulty in accessing the English and maths curriculum attend English support classes in place of history, geography and MFL lessons. For more information on this provision please see the separate ‘Bungee’, ‘Platinum’ and ‘Nurture’ tabs.

Phase 2

Students have a 25-hour week and study a core programme of English, maths, double or triple science, core RS and core PE.

Students make their phase 2 option choices at the end of year 8 and choose from a range of subjects from four different option blocks.

All students choose between history or geography in the humanities option block and between ICT and business in option block 1.

In option block 2 students have a choice of a range of creative qualifications. Both GCSE and vocational courses are available to students.

In option block 3 students specialise with an option which is appropriate to their needs and future career plans. In this option block there are a wide range of subjects available which comprise of a non exhaustive list, including Modern Foreign Languages, a second humanities subject, Religious Studies and a range of vocational courses.

Careers Education

Careers education, information and guidance (CEIAG) programmes make a significant contribution to preparing young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.

The CEIAG programme at Trinity Academy Halifax is designed to be progressive from Year 7 to Year 13 and support students in making informed choices in years 8, 11 and 13.

We aim to raise aspirations, challenge stereotypes and encourage pupils to consider a wide range of careers. Through careers education and guidance it is hoped that pupils will be encouraged to make the most of their talents and to go on to jobs or courses which suit their needs and intelligence.

In particular we intend our pupils to:

  • Develop a broad understanding of the world of work and an ability to respond to changing opportunities.
  • Develop independent research skills so that they can make good use of information and guidance.
  • Develop the skills they need to review achievements, plan future actions, make decisions, present themselves well and cope with change and transition.

We recognise that the process of making career decisions is a lengthy one and that most of our pupils will make their final choices only after completing their higher education course.

Trinity Academy Halifax Careers Strategy

Phase 1 provision includes:

Year 7 Careers library introduction

Assembly on options 16+ – the different routes students can take

Assemblies from local employers

Labour Market Index information Assemblies

Year 8 Introduction to University talk from a link university

Introduction to apprenticeships talk from the job centre plus

Individual careers guidance via online learning tools prior to options evening

1:1 meeting with VT tutor prior to making options choices

IAG information evening for students and parents prior to making options choices

Assemblies from local employers

Labour Market Index information Assemblies

By the end of Phase 1 Students will have:

  • An understanding of where in the Academy they can go to access careers information
  • An understanding of the different routes to employment available aged 16+
  • Had at least two interactions with employers / HE providers
  • Heard at least two local employers speak during assemblies
  • Had the opportunity to speak with at least two local employers
  • Received personalised guidance via an online platform prior to options choices being made
  • Participated in a 1:1 meeting with their VT tutor to discuss option choices
  • Had the opportunity to attend an IAG evening prior to options choices

Phase 2 Provision includes:

Year 9 Financial education through the Curriculum for Life programme

CV Writing Workshop

Assemblies from local employers

Labour Market Index Assemblies

University visit or talk from university employees

Year 10 Mock interview day

Assemblies from local employers

Labour Market Index Assemblies

University visit or talk from university employees

Year 11 Assembly on university life by 6th form alumni

Assembly on life as an apprentice by 6th form alumni

Assembly from a local employers

Labour Market Index Assemblies

Group and 1:1 careers interviews with C&K careers

In addition to the ‘core’ careers programme above, students will also have the opportunity to partake in bespoke activities / schemes on a student by student basis.

For more information regarding C&K Careers please click here…

By the end of Phase 2 Students will have:

  • Gained an understanding of the opportunities available to them post 16 locally and nationally
  • Had the chance to be inspired by local business leaders, university employees and 6th form alumni
  • Produced a CV through the CV writing workshop
  • Gained interview experience from the mock interview day
  • Have had at least an additional two employer interactions

Qualifications currently on offer include:

GCSEs
AQA English Language
AQA English Literature
Edexcel Maths
OCR Science (Combined and Triple awards)
AQA Geography
AQA History
AQA German
AQA French
AQA Spanish
Edexcel Religous Studies
AQA Art
AQA Photography

Vocational qualifications
Pearson BTEC First Award in Sport
Pearson BTEC Tech Award in Performing Arts (Acting and Dance)
OCR Engineering Design
WJEC Hospitality and Catering
Pearson BTEC Tech Award in Business
Pearson CIDA (IT)
Pearson BTEC Tech Award in Digital Information Technology
Pearson BTEC Tech Award in Creative Digital Media
Pearson BTEC Tech Award in Health and Social Care
RSL Music Practitioners Technical Award

Please click here to access our Careers Policy and Provider Access Statement

Careers

The impact of the careers programme on pupils is assessed using a combination of attainment and destinations data. The impact is also assessed against the Gatsby Career benchmarks – benchmarks which define world-class career guidance. For any careers queries please contact Mrs C Cripps on the academy number detailed on our home page. The next review of our careers information will be published in March 2019.

INVOLVE and ACHIEVE

The academy operates a wide-ranging after school extra-curricular (INVOLVE) and academic support (ACHIEVE) programme. The INVOLVE programme encompasses a wide range of activities ranging from sports and drama to our debating society and cookery. All students are encouraged to take part in at least one activity per week.

ACHIEVE provides targeted academic support and takes place each night of the week. Students of all abilities are identified and supported to make progress in their learning. The aim is to ensure that students meet their full potential and the programme provides the opportunity for more focussed, small group intervention and support.

Homework

Homework is a crucial part of your child’s education and all students can expect to receive regular homework. The amount will depend upon the phase students are in.

Students at Trinity Academy are encouraged to have a good balance between home and academy life, and plan out their homework completion so that they can make the most of the extra-curricular activities available.

Homework is set on a weekly basis by departments (with the exception of Musical Theatre and Design which set a termly homework project) and it is expected that students complete this homework for the specified deadline. Students in Phase 2 will receive revision homework in addition to their usual homework and may also be invited to targeted achieve sessions.