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The Core Curriculum is led by Deputy Vice Principal, Emily Gaunt, who is supported by a team of staff dedicated to helping students achieve in the core subjects, English, Maths and Science.  

 

 

English Department

The English department, led by Georgina Cook, is proud to provide a broad range of stimulating, inspiring and imaginative experiences both in the classroom and around the Academy.  We explore the world of Dickensian literature and Elizabethan theatres, whilst also engaging with contemporary authors and modern play scripts. The English department pride themselves on fostering a spirit of creativity within all students – whether that’s through media, creative writing, good literature or drama. The English team has 20 members of staff that teach all aspects of English. They work hard to empower students and develop their personal learning styles.  Across the year students are involved in many aspects of the curriculum including:

 

  • Understanding of plays, novels, poetry and non-fiction texts

  • Learning how to structure writing

  • Developing reading skills.

Maths Department

Led by Tracy Hardy, the 20 teachers in the maths department strive to deliver fun and exciting lessons in a mission to share their passion of maths with all students throughout the Academy. The students will enjoy studying a range of topics over a 5-year curriculum; some of which will expand their knowledge from Primary School and others that will present new and exciting areas of mathematics. All students are entered for the AQA GCSE mathematics qualification. Post 16 subjects include AQA AS and A2 courses in Mathematics and Further Mathematics.

The department prides itself on its drive to succeed.  Key to this is ensuring that every student receives accessible, focused and challenging lessons and is given the best opportunity to develop their confidence in mathematics. Information Technology is an important subject area and IT is utilised in lessons by both teachers and students. Thomas Deacon Academy proudly enables involvement in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) activities. These projects aim to combine skills from across the curriculum in a way that is fun and focused and builds new aptitudes that are applicable to the working environment.

Beyond the classroom, students are set homework once per week. Teachers encourage students to participate in the UK Maths Challenge where they can achieve certification for problem solving and logical thinking. The maths department also offers an extra-curricular Lego club where students develop, write programs and build models.   

Science Department

'The Sciences' are led by Matt Dilley. The department consist of an amalgamation of Social Sciences and Core Sciences resulting in a large and diverse department.  Subjects covered are, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Health and Social Care, Business studies, Sociology and Economics.

With such a large department there is diverse staff body who teach a variety of subjects.  The Head of Department is supported in leading the team by five Subject Leaders and a Progress Manager.  All of these staff members have a broad range of experiences and skills allowing for high quality leadership in a fast paced, dynamic environment. 

Results across all subjects are strong.  In 2016, at Post 16, all subjects achieved a positive residual score, meaning that across the entire cohort the average grade achieved was above target.  In Year 11 grades were strong with excellent results in “Triple Science” where students exceeded national averages and in Business studies where students also exceeded their target grades.

In younger year groups students experience a rich and varied curriculum.  Everything is designed so that students are prepared with the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully undertake their GCSE’s. Practical lessons are encouraged and students are pushed to ensure they make maximum progress.

If you have any questions regarding' The Sciences' please contact the Head of Department; matt.dilley@thomasdeaconacademy.com

If you have any other questions about the Core curriculum, please do not hesitate to contact Emily Gaunt, Deputy Vice Principal Core in the first instance, on 01733 426360 or Emily.gaunt@thomasdeaconacademy.com