The English Learning Area is made up of a team of fourteen friendly and experienced teachers who are always ready to help you grow your love of reading and develop the accuracy and style of your own writing. Having a good understanding of English will also help you with your other subjects; it will help you to access new and interesting concepts, enabling you to thrive!
We have a great grasp of what you have covered in primary school and we are ready to take the next step of your learning journey with you. Teachers are passionate about English and they want you to love their subject too. You will learn about a range of poets and study a number of literary texts and their contexts.
Students at St Wilfrid’s are also given the opportunity to meet writers; many students find this inspiring. There will also be plenty of opportunities for you to be creative and you will be invited to enter a range of competitions. You will also read and analyse non-fiction texts and develop your own writing style. Being able to express yourself and make others listen will help you to make your mark on the world!
Year 7 students are also introduced to Drama. You will have the opportunity to take part in practical lessons, join Drama club and take part in the House Pantos.
The English teachers at St Wilfrid’s are dedicated and will help you to thrive and become the best you can possibly be.
Mathematics is a very important subject and can be found in almost every industry and workplace, for example: engineering; manufacturing; economics; and environmental science. Having a good understanding of mathematics will also help to prepare you to study for other subjects. It will help you understand mathematics in the workplace and in turn, help you to shape the future of our world!
Here at St Wilfrid’s, you will experience a variety of approaches to teaching mathematics. This makes lessons more interesting and, best of all, it will help you understand the many different mathematical concepts. Knowing when to apply your learning in different situations is very important and we will give you plenty of opportunities to practise this.
We are well aware that not everybody understands the many new and different concepts at the same time, which is why we have a well-established and strong support system. Every lunch time there is someone available to help you with your classwork or homework, or guide you as you do more practice. In addition, our Year 11 and 12 students act as mathematics mentors in our support programme to help you in Years 7 and 8, so it’s not just the teachers who help support learning: it’s everybody!
The mathematics teachers at the Academy are friendly, always willing to help and are driven by one goal: to help you become the best mathematician that you can possibly be.
In Science at St Wilfrid’s, you will learn about how the natural, chemical and physical worlds work; about how things were discovered, and what might be possible to solve some of the problems with the world and our environment.
In Years 7 and 8, you will learn in a hands-on practical way, rotating topics covering the three branches of science in biology, chemistry and physics.
You will understand how applying a scientific process to an investigation enables you to trust the outcome and form a valid conclusion, including how data can be used to improve your conclusions. You will also spend the first years at the Academy developing an understanding of key knowledge that will prepare you to study science at GCSE and beyond.
Many of our students stay with us to complete their A-Levels and pursue careers in scientific fields such as medicine and dentistry and careers in various industries. It all starts where you are now, loving to learn about how the world around you works.
Art is all around us and is anything that is designed or created. You will be introduced to many different areas of art, from traditional drawing and painting to more creative ways of working such as collage, mixed-media, digital and photography. We develop your skills by looking at different artists (often contemporary) that you might not have heard of. We make sure you have a clear understanding of the different periods of art that have influenced artists today.
Computer Science is a really exciting subject because computers are everywhere! You will learn important and innovative things such as what makes a computer work and how a computer can play music or display an image. You will learn how to program a computer by writing code in logo, scratch & Python.
The Design and Technology Learning Area includes Design & Technology as well as Food Preparation and Nutrition. D&T can open the doors to rewarding, successful and extremely well-paid careers, such as Product Designer, Architect, Tailor, Software Engineer, Civil engineer, and jobs in the building and construction industry. Food Preparation and Nutrition will help you prepare for a career as a sports nutritionist, in food product development, in catering or in food photography.
Geography is the study of places and the relationships between people and their environments. You will explore the physical properties of Earth’s surface and the human societies that are spread across it. You will examine how human culture interacts with the natural environment and the way that people and places can have an impact on each other. In Geography, we seek to understand where things are found, why they are there and how they develop and change over time.
You will acquire an understanding of key events that have shaped the world we live in. You will also develop skills in using historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, and significance. We aim to develop a lifelong interest in the past, your family, local community, national heritage and wider world.
Learning a new language is exciting, sharpens your mind and helps improve memory and concentration. It will strengthen your problem-solving skills and is a great way to boost your confidence. It is a skill that you can demonstrate and the ability to speak another language will open up a whole host of opportunities for you.
In Religious Education you will develop important life skills such as investigation, analysis and evaluation. You will develop your thinking skills as well as skills of reflection. This will help you to develop a fuller understanding of others, the world in which you live and your potential contribution to it.