Kempston Challenger Academy | Academic Curriculum
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Academic Curriculum


Kempston Challenger Academy believe that all children, irrespective of their starting point, are entitled to a broad and balanced curriculum. We offer a curriculum that is knowledge rich and enables students within the academy to fulfil their potential and develop all important skills and qualities that will prepare them for the next stage of their education; whether that be moving to the next key stage, university or employment and training.

Our Key Stage 4 curriculum is run over Years 9,10,11 and enables the staff to prepare the students for the depth of knowledge and understanding required from Key Stage 4 subjects. We have a curriculum that allows students to complete the English Baccalaureate; a GCSE grade 5 or higher in English, mathematics, two sciences, one humanities subject (history or geography) and a modern foreign language. Our curriculum model is flexible enough to allow those students who wish to either follow a humanities or modern foreign language to do so. The other subjects on offer at GCSE support the creative and vocational subject areas.

Personalisation of the curriculum

As part of our commitment to ensuring every student has the best possible chances of success, we personalise the learning provision for every student including placing every student in mathematics and science in a learning group appropriate to their ability. The Learning Support team within the academy provide intensive support through regular intervention programme and a curriculum that meets the specific needs each student has. This ensures that every student will be stretched, challenged and supported through this personalisation of the curriculum.

British Values

For information about how the academy promotes British values, please see the SMSC tab under Curriculum.

Religious Education/ SMSC

As part of the commitment to spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC), students study religious education and personal, social, health and citizenship (PSHCE). In Year 6, 7 and 8 this is delivered within lessons and identified as ‘citizenship’ and taught by form tutors who have a strong pastoral relationship with the students. In Year 9,10,11 students study GCSE Philosophy & Ethics or Citizenship. Throughout the academy life students have a wide exposure to SMSC opportunities.

Please see the SMSC map on the web site for further information.


As a Challenger Trust academy the ethos of learning beyond the classroom is key. The academy offers students a wide variety of opportunities to learn beyond the classroom in areas such as Duke of Edinburgh Award, recreation sports, competitive sports, drama productions, and choir.

Challenge Diploma

To support student involvement in wider curriculum opportunities each Friday Period 5 (2-3pm) is Challenger Diploma hour. Students are provided with opportunities to add depth to their learning and develop personal skills (virtues) through a rich and varied programme. Students have the chance to enjoy new experiences and consolidate their subject based learning. They acquire a wide variety of skills and virtues that contribute to bronze, silver and gold awards in C M A T – Challenge, Motivation, Achievement and Team work. Students map their achievements on a learning platform and are awarded the relevant coloured badge.

Students have access to overseas trips and visits that include: Himalaya Adventure, Summer Sports Adventure and ski trips.

Further detailed information on the opportunities available to students in the Challenger Diploma can be found in the curriculum section of the web site.

Academic Curriculum Learning Journeys

English learning Journey KCA

Maths Learning Journey KCA

Biology Learning Journey KCA

Chemistry Learning Journey KCA

Physics Learning Journey KCA

Art Learning Journey KCA

Business BTEC Learning Journey KCA

Citizenship Learning Journey KCA

Creative Media Learning Journey KCA

DT Soft Learning Journey KCA

Geography Learning Journey KCA

Health & Social Learning Journey KCA

History Learning Journey KCA

ICT Learning Journey KCA

Modern Languages Learning Journey KCA

Music Learning Journey KCA

PE Learning Journey KCA

Performing Arts Learning Journey KCA

Photography Post 16 Learning Journey KCA

Psychology Post 16 Learning Journey KCA

Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)

At Key Stage 3 we provide a curriculum designed not only to develop students’ knowledge and understanding in a range of subjects, but also to enable them to develop the skills required to become independent learners throughout the rest of their time in school and beyond. Students will study a broad and balanced curriculum with includes English, mathematics, and science. Students also study a range of performing arts subjects, geography, history, citizenship, computer science, design technology, food, textiles, art, modern foreign languages and physical education.

All students at Key Stage 3 follow a two week timetable, comprising of 25 periods a week with 5 periods a day, with Friday Period 5 being Challenger Diploma enrichment hour.

Subject Hours per fortnight
English 8
Mathematics 8
Science 8
Art 2
Challenger Diploma 1
Computer Science 2
Design Technology 2
Food/Textiles 2
Geography 3
History 3
Modern Foreign Language 3
Performing Arts & Music 3
Physical Education 4
 PSHE/Citizenship 2

Year 9 Curriculum

Subject Hours per fortnight
English 8
Mathematics 8
Science 8
Challenger Diploma 1
Geography 4
History  4
Modern Foreign Language 3
Citizenship/ PSHE 3
Physical Education 4
Carousel subjects:

Media, Performing Arts, Health and social care, Business, DT Hard, Music, Food, IT and Art


Students, parents/carers are given clear information, advice and guidance when selecting Key Stage 4 courses. The autumn term in Year 9 offers students the opportunity to experience the option subjects on a carousel basis. The idea is that they are able to make informed decisions about their future subjects having experienced the subject and its content first hand. A curriculum event is run for all to attend in the autumn term of Year 9, where the curriculum rationale is shared, alongside the opportunity to meet and talk to subject specialists. Tutor time programmes support how to make decisions and what information to research relating to careers and employment.Key Stage 4

The curriculum is divided into a core curriculum, guided choice and wider options choice. All students follow the core curriculum, make at least once choice in the guided option choice (more if they wish to do so) and other subjects from the wider options. If a student requires a very personalised learning pathway this is created with the support of the SENCo, and learning hub team.


Key Stage 4 Curriculum

The Key Stage 4 curriculum is divided into three sections:

Core Curriculum consisting of seven subjects, which are compulsory. Option subjects that make up four choices.

Guided option choice: One of the option choices must be from the EBacc subjects that we offer (coloured green on the options form.)

KCA GCSE Curriculum Booklet 2019.2020

The Core Curriculum

Subject Hours per fortnight
English Language / English Literature 8
Mathematics 8
Combined Science / Triple Science 8
Physical Education – to include BTEC Sports Studies 4
GCSE Citizenship / Philosophy Ethics 4
Challenger Diploma – Friday Period 5 2


Guided Option Choice

Subjects in this group are known as Ebacc subjects. These have been identified by the government as providing essential skills and knowledge for young people, whilst providing academic rigour. Students are required to take at least one of these subjects out of the four option subjects they select. The curriculum has been designed to allow students to take more than one of these subjects if they wish.

Subject Hours per fortnight
French 4
Spanish 4
History 4
Geography 4


Option Subjects

Students will choose three of the subjects below in addition to their guided option. The other option subjects could be other Ebacc subjects or could be from the following list.

Subject Hours per fortnight
Art 4
Business 4
Design Technology 4
Food and Nutrition 4
French 4
Geography 4
Health and Social Care 4
History 4
Information Technology (ICT) 4
Media 4
Performing Arts 4
Spanish 4


Sixth Form

16-19 Study Programme Requirements

All our post 16 pathways are designed to provide structure and a challenging personalised learning programme. Every student in Years 12 and 13 will study a personally selected pathway comprising of academic and/or vocational qualifications that are linked to their future plans.

Students who begin a study programme who do not have a grade 4 or higher (C or higher) in mathematics or English will be required to work towards the achievement of these qualifications as part of their programme.

The pathways that students follow will maximise progression opportunities on the next stage of their education, employment or apprenticeship.

In offering a Level 2 pathway, students are able to experience a 3 year Sixth Form and spend the first year retaking GCSE English, mathematics and science. Alongside another 2 further GCSE qualifications. This enables students to progress onto the vocational pathway of the Level 3 programme for a further 2 years or seek employment or apprenticeship with 5 GCSE subjects.

6th form subject information booklet