At Ash Hill Academy, our curriculum is built on 3 pillars:

  1. That knowledge is important to all thinking.
  2. That we understand new things in relation to what we already know.
  3. That retrieving knowledge helps us to remember it for longer.

At Ash Hill Academy we are passionate about giving our students the qualifications and life skills required to be socially mobile and fulfil their potential, progressing onto their chosen career. The focus of our curriculum is to ensure that each student achieves a broad and balanced exposure to all aspects of learning. This focus reflects our unrelenting desire for all students to achieve the results they need in future life.

High levels of help, support and guidance - it is reactive and reflective. Students receive high levels of personalised support, something that is rarely seen in mainstream secondary schools and usually only available in specialist settings.’ Inclusion Quality Mark 2019

We work closely with our feeder primary schools, building on prior learning as the foundation for our 3-year Key Stage 3.The curriculum ensures students have the opportunity to develop a rich knowledge base from which they can draw in later years.  Students are encouraged to participate in an extensive range of subjects including: music, the arts, physical education, languages, humanities, science and of course maths and English.  Where a student joins the academy with lower than expected levels in maths or English, our curriculum provides flexibility allowing for appropriate support to be given to address this shortfall.

‘The knowledge and expertise of the inclusion team is outstanding – the depth of knowledge about students, their families and beyond is extremely impressive.’ Inclusion Quality Mark 2019

As students move into Key Stage 4 (year 10) they opt to specialise and focus on the subjects, which they feel, will benefit them most as they transition into further education and/ or training. The flexibility of our curriculum model allows the academy to implement the curriculum in a bespoke manner per each student’s needs.  Numerous ‘pathways’ are available to our students, which allow each student to fully maximise their potential within a curriculum tailored to meet their needs and choices. 

Ash Hill Academy works closely with all stakeholders to ensure that the curriculum meets individual needs. Regular Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) drop down days are used to support this process. (for further information, see

‘The work the academy is undertaking in pursuing career opportunities for our students is impressive!’ Alumni 2019

The curriculum model has been successful, the result of which is a three-year positive trend on student outcomes with a predicted bumper fourth year. 

‘The curriculum provides opportunities for pupils to study a broad range of creative, artistic and academic subjects. Pupils have access to a number of extra-curricular opportunities after school.’ Ofsted 2018

‘parents valued the information they were provided by the academy, using the information to support learning from home’ Leading Parent Partnership Award 2019 

If you require copies of information about our curriculum, or would like further information, please contact Mr Cairns on 01302 840961