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Elective is the area of the curriculum which covers a wide range of subjects across the humanities, modern languages, physical education and arts headed up by Deputy Vice Principal, Richard Valler.




Religious Education is a compulsory subject as part of the extended core curriculum and subjects such as history, geography and modern languages are subjects which are part of the English Baccalaureate. Each curriculum area is led by a Head of Department who has a number of subjects under their responsibility, which are managed and led individually by a wider team of staff members as explained below.



Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) department

Subjects and qualifications

The MFL department provides teaching in Spanish, German, French and Urdu and offers the following qualifications:

  • A levels in Spanish, German and French

  • GCSEs in Spanish, German, French and Urdu. In addition, we provide exams skills coaching for home languages students in GCSE Polish and Portuguese

  • As a through-school, we also offer language teaching to all our students in Key Stage 2 as well as  language club

Please note: these may change according to student demand.

Staff teams

The department boasts a wide range of talented linguists who can speak and teach multiple languages, beyond those taught, demonstrating their passion for their subjects. Our students also benefit from regular contact with native-speaking language assistants in all 3 European languages taught.

Extra curricular activities

The MFL department offers students overseas residential trips to Spain and Germany and day trips to France. We also work with colleagues across Peterborough to organise city-wide competitions, for example: ‘Have Your Say’ for Year 8, and we take out our Post 16 students to talks, exhibitions, theatre performances and cinema events which are relevant to their languages studies.

Humanities department

Subjects and qualifications

The Humanities department provides quality teaching in History, Politics, Geography and Religious Education (RE). It offers the following qualifications:

  • A levels in History, Government and Politics, Geography and RE.
  • GCSEs in History, Geography and RE.

The courses have consistently been popular with our students and the uptake at both GCSE and A level continues to be high.

Staff teams

The department is led by Mr Izycky, along with three subject leaders - Dr Wiggin (History), Mrs Lumley (Geography) and Miss Rate (RE). Each team is made up of teachers who all have, in addition to their individual strengths and experience,  a real passion for their subject, very high levels of professionalism and the drive to deliver the best outcomes for all students. As the Progress Manager for Humanities, Mrs Nicholls is responsible for monitoring students’ improvement between reporting checkpoints and ensuring that no-one falls behind.  

Highlights from the 2015 results

Subjects within the Humanities department have seen some fantastic results over the years, and 2015 was no exception!

In Year 13 at A level, two students achieved an incredible A* in Geography. Not to be outdone, students in Politics matched the achievement. In fact success was really strong across these subjects; over half of the students who took A level Geography gained top (A*-B) grades, which is really excellent and places TDA students above national averages.

In Year 12 at AS level there was more success, with an outstanding percentage of students gaining top grades in RE (47%) and Early Modern History. Again, these figures place our students above national averages for attainment.

Finally, in Year 11, there were many individual examples of pupils excelling across the Humanities subjects including 11 A*s in RE and 7 apiece in History and Geography. The cohort performed well as a whole, with the percentage of students gaining A*-C considerably higher than the school average.

Extra-curricular activities

The History Reading Group is back! The first meeting of the staff and sixth form reading group is scheduled to happen in the next couple of weeks. It is a casual discussion group (with biscuits!) and this term the group will be reading a fascinating, and controversial, piece of scholarship from David Cannadine (Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts , Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature , Fellow of the British Academy....and so on and so on.....). Miss Massey hopes to see you there.

Miss Thompson is eagerly making plans for a Humanities debating club… watch this space!

Recent events

On Thursday 17th September two history students attended an Exhibition on the Holocaust at Oundle School. They were joined by some of TDA’s language students in a joint venture with MFL. The exhibition invited students to reflect personally on how societies confront past genocides and seek to move forward.

Last term, the school was privileged to welcome Eva Clarke, a Holocaust survivor. Eva gave a deeply moving account of her experiences to a full lecture theatre of GCSE History students.

Back in June over three days over a hundred Year 10 Geography students visited the glorious city of Cambridge to study the impact of tourism on the environment and consider its positive and negative effects. The visit was just the latest opportunity provided by the subject, with other opportunities including visits to London’s Olympic Park to look at re-branding areas and Oxford to study flood management.

Creative curriculum

  • Drama, Dance, Music and Media
  • Art, Design, Technology and ICT
  • Sport

Each Department is led by a Head of Department, subject leaders and a progress manager.  In addition the Creative Curriculum is supported by a Lead Practitioner.

The departments are united in a commitment to offering exciting stimulating and challenging learning experiences that encourage students to be creative and curious.  We passionately believe that the subject and opportunities on offer have the power to “open doors and unlock potential for all our young people”

The Creative curriculum area provides teaching in Arts, Design and Technology and ICT and the following qualifications on offer:

Post 16

Levels in Art & Design, Art textiles, Dance, Music, A Level Design Technology: Graphic Products, Resistant Materials (Edexcel), Textiles (AQA) A Level ICT (AQA) Sport

Applied ICT (OCR – Cambridge Technical)

BTEC National Award/Certificate/Diploma in Art



Art, Dance, Drama, Music, Food Technology, Graphics, Product Design,

Textiles, Engineering (Double), PE, Computer Science


Construction, Hospitality and Catering, Sport, Art, Drama, Music, Dance

ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence)

GCSE Physical Education

Junior Sports Leader Qualification

Each department is well equipped to support the highest quality learning environment. The Design and Technology Department is well supported by technologically-rich facilities that meet industry-quality standards.

Expressive Arts is well catered for with a dedicated Drama Theatre which is fully equipped with sound and lighting, two Dance Studios and a Recording Studio.

Sport has 2 fully-equipped fitness suites, a large gymnasium with climbing wall (below), a 6 badminton-court sports hall and extensive grounds with sports pitches (including 4 rugby, 2 cricket, 4 netball courts) and an all-weather pitch.


Extra-Curricular Activities

The Creative curriculm area offers a wider range of opportunities and activities and hosts a variety of extra-curricular activities across the full range of subjects.

A full programme of Arts enrichment is well-attended throughout the year.

This includes: Show Choir, Junior Choir, Dance Company, Key stage three Drama club and Art club.  Each year the Expressive Arts and Music Department puts on a full Academy musical, most recently Grease.

In addition, Academy students have regular opportunities to perform out in the community, including the Cresset dance show, Peterborough festival, Song for Peterborough and Oundle festival.

The range of activities that takes place is broad, and includes our involvement in GO4SET, Futures, the Crest Award, Green Power Racing Team, plus comprehensive links with industry.


The Sports team provides a full range of sports, extra-curricular activities, focused on excellence and participation. The team runs a full public school fixture list and the Academy boasts a number of successful competitive teams in hockey, rugby, cricket, rounders and netball.

Any Other Questions?

If you have any other questions about the Creative curriculum, please do not hesitate to contact Richard Valler, Deputy Vice Principal Creative on 01733 426060 or