A learning community where everyone can flourish.
Hello, I would like to extend you a very warm welcome and thank you for taking the time to visit our website. My name is Victoria Stevens and I am privileged to be Principal here at The Eastbourne Academy.
We are an established school in East Sussex which continues to go from strength to strength. Our last Ofsted confirmed, for the third time in a row, that we are a Good school. They said “Pupils are immensely proud of their school and are keen to learn” and we agree!
Students, staff and parents work together to secure the very best academic and personal outcomes. Our curriculum is centred around Aspiration, Character and Employability. This coupled with our traditional behaviour values, where every student is expected to Learn, Engage and Respect ensures that a strong sense of community and collaboration is at the heart of this school.
We are fortunate to have excellent buildings with modern resources which gives everyone a warm, welcoming and friendly place to learn and one that challenges them to be their best. Equipping every student and teacher with an iPad or Chromebook helps bring subjects to life and support learning in an exciting way.
The student leadership at The Academy is distinctive and very strong, providing many opportunities for our students to become involved and have their voice heard. As well as our amazing range of trips, scholar programmes and after-school activities, there is something for everyone!
This could be your first step to becoming part of this vibrant, successful and inclusive learning community, where both students and staff thrive.
I invite you to come and see for yourselves what makes us so special.
Our Curriculum Intent
The Eastbourne Academy provides a good quality of education.
Our curriculum is centred around Aspiration, Character and Employability. Our traditional values, where every student is expected to Learn, Engage and show Respect, are coupled with outstanding programmes of student leadership. Together they provide exceptional opportunities to develop the skills and qualities our students will need to succeed in school, their future lives and their careers.
Our strapline “Your future at your fingertips” acknowledges the role that technology plays in enhancing self-management, problem-solving and creativity.
We are dedicated to giving our student's a broad and balanced education in a supportive and stimulating environment where every child's potential can be realised.
Students that achieved a Level 2 qualification at Pass grade or better (equivalent to Grade 4 or better) in Performing Arts and PE.
Students that achieved Grade 4 or above in English.
Students in Art & Design / Art & Photography that achieved a Grade 4 or better.
The Eastbourne Academy offers a broad and balanced curriculum leading to a variety of well-chosen examination courses.
- Art & Design
Art & Design
Curriculum Leader: Mr R Talbot
Alongside the basic equipment, rooms are equipped for screen printing, block printing, clay work, computer-aided design, acrylic painting, batik and embroidery. The Department has recently invested in a set of digital cameras so students can develop their photography skills.
At Key Stage 3 students will study a range of themes including Portraiture, Landscapes, Sculpture, Graffiti Art and Textile Design. Within these themes, they will explore the formal elements of line, tone, colour, pattern, texture, shape, form and space.
At Key Stage 4 students are currently following the AQA Unendorsed Art and Design GCSE. This GCSE consists of 60% controlled assessment and 40% exam. Students will have the opportunity to take part in various visits and trips to support their studies throughout Key Stage 4.
KS4 students have been on trips to the National Portrait Gallery, Tate Modern to look at portraiture. They have also visited Hampden Park to work on their photography skills.
KS3 students have all had the opportunity to take part in ‘Our Space’, an Academy photography competition.
Curriculum Leader: Mr Snidle
In Key Stage 3, students will learn all of the following: How a computer works, binary coding, spreadsheets, databases, online communication, web design, system control, game making, computer programming, e-safety and digital literacy. Students have access to the Academy network 24/7, an academy e-mail address and, through the website, access to homework and shortcuts to recommended websites. All year groups are issued with iPads that they will be able to use at the Academy and at home.
In Key Stage 4, students have the option to follow a GCSE in ICT and students are encouraged to develop their understanding of computing with the need to expand into new information communication products.
Curriculum Leader: Mrs S Perry
All Year 7 students study Design and Technology and Food Preparation and Nutrition for the year. All Y8 and Y9 students study Design and Technology on a half year rotation between Food Preparation and Nutrition and Design and Technology. At KS4 students are able to choose if they wish to continue to study the two subjects as part of the options process.
Students workbooks and GCSE portfolios are completed electronically on iPads and laptops and marked electronically.
Food Preparation and Nutrition
Our goal is to make students independent in the kitchen and equip them with the practical life skills of being able to make their own nutritious meals. We aim for students to be inspired by cooking and to make healthy choices. We want students to be good citizens by gaining knowledge about sustainable, seasonal and local ingredients.
The department supplies the ingredients to cook with and take away containers for students to carry food home. This is to support busy parents in saving time and money by buying ingredients in bulk and having everything ready for students when they enter the lesson. Parents pay for ingredients on ParentPay.
Year 7 students have a double lesson once a fortnight throughout the year focussing on cooking, nutrition and the science behind cooking.
Year 8 and Year 9 students cook every other week in two-hour lessons to give students the opportunity to develop their cooking skills and complete theory tasks on single lessons. They learn to cook a repertoire of mainly savoury meals.
KS4 students are studying AQA GCSE in Food Preparation and Nutrition. Taking on new challenges such as cooking meals from other cultures, filleting fish and boning a whole chicken. In Year 10 students spend five hours a fortnight in Food, two hours practising their cooking skills and three hours on gaining knowledge and exam preparation. In Year 11 students complete two NEA tasks worth 50% of their GCSE. The first is a Food investigation where Students' understanding of the working characteristics, functional and chemical properties of ingredients are tested. The second is a Food preparation assessment. Students' knowledge, skills and understanding in relation to the planning, preparation, cooking, presentation of food and application of nutrition related to the chosen task.
Students will prepare, cook and present a final menu of three dishes within a single period of no more than three hours, planning in advance how this will be achieved. Students will then prepare for the final written exam testing their theoretical knowledge of food preparation and nutrition.
An after-school cooking club is held each week for KS3 students with a different theme each term, which have included Christmas cooking, Curry’s, Healthy Eating and Pasta Making. KS4 students are able to attend weekly revision sessions.
Students are encouraged to enter competitions such as Academy Bake Off and organise food events to raise money for our chosen charities.
Design and Technology
Our goal is to make students independent designers who have the ability to manufacture their designs in a range of materials. We will equip the students to go on to train and work in the construction, engineering, fashion, textiles and building industries.
Students are taught to use a wide variety of hand and machine tools safely within the workshop to complete set projects. Alongside this, students are able to develop their graphic design skills using sketches and computer-aided design to help complete projects and manufacture their computer designs on our CAMM machines and laser cutters.
Students are studying AQA GCSE Design and Technology. The course consists of 50% NEA and 50% written exam. Year 10 Students spend five hours a fortnight practising their skills, completing project work, gaining knowledge and exam preparation. The students start their NEA in term 6 which is a substantial design and make task. They will produce a prototype and a portfolio of evidence
* Assessment Criteria:
* Identifying and investigating design possibilities.
* Producing a design brief and specification.
* Generating design ideas.
* Developing design ideas.
* Realising design ideas.
* Analysing & evaluating.
his will continue into Year 11. Students will also prepare for the two hour written exam on core technical principles, specialist technical principles and designing and making principles.
Extracurricular opportunities for students include a KS3 textiles club. KS4 students are able to attend weekly revision sessions.
Director of English: Ms C Lewis
The importance of English cannot be underestimated: a strong command and understanding of language in its many forms is essential. At The Eastbourne Academy we recognise the importance of all three language skills: reading, writing and speaking and listening. As students develop these skills, we aim to expose them to a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts -from a range of time periods- in order to both deepen their understanding of how language is used by writers to create specific effects and build their understanding of the world in which these texts were born and read.
In KS3, the English Department aims to deliver a highly engaging and challenging curriculum that puts enjoyment at the heart of learning. At The Eastbourne Academy, we expose students to a range of texts that cover a range of forms, genres, writers, cultures and time periods. Oracy is at the heart of language development, and pupils will refine their speaking and listening skills through frequent discussion, debate, paired and group work based upon the texts the pupils encounter. We aim to instil our students with the ability to write in a range of different forms and purposes for effect with accurate spelling, punctuation and grammar.
The English team believe that all pupils, no matter their starting points or specific needs, can achieve success; every pupil has the potential to achieve the highest grades and any barriers to learning can be overcome.
Our aims are to ensure that all pupils:
read easily, fluently and with good understanding
develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.
In KS3, each year group will study a Shakespeare play, a cluster of poetry, a novel and specific units that develop their writing skills. Where possible, the SoW are sequenced so that Years 7 to 10 are aligned to create a learning atmosphere and culture across the department and give a sense of journey and purpose.
Term 1: All lessons in Years 7 to 10 have a focus on a modern literature text
Term 2: All lessons in Years 7 to 10 will focus on fiction writing
Term 3: All lessons in Years 7 to 10 will have a focus on poetry
Term 4: All lessons in Years 7, 8 and 10 will have a focus on a 19th-century literature text
Term 5: All lessons in Years 7 to 9 will have a focus on a Shakespeare Play
Term 6: All lessons in Years 7 to 10 will have a focus on on-fiction and point of view writing.
This also enables teachers to use resources from across the key stages to support different groups of learners. To ensure that every pupil has the potential and drive to achieve the highest grades, every year group is mixed ability. This has proven effective with our pupils as GCSE data shows that all groups of learners make expected or better progress in their GCSEs. In English, lessons will be differentiated in the following ways:
Differentiation by support- teachers or LSAs will work with small groups of learners in order to achieve set outcomes
Differentiation by outcome - pupils will all do the same activity and then be assessed against different level outcomes
Differentiation by task- students will be given/provided with different tasks according to the ability range
Where possible, tasks will have three levels of challenge to ensure that all pupils are encouraged and supported throughout the lesson and not just at key points.
The KS3 and KS4 curriculum allows for greater weighting on reading due to the language acquisition sequence. During their reading of literature text, students will be encouraged to use a range of speaking and listening skills to refine and develop their ideas, which, in turn, will help to refine their written analytical skills. Furthermore, this focus on the writers’ craft will provide models for their own writing.
Throughout the term, pupils will be given regular formative written, verbal or peer feedback. This formative feedback can then be applied to subsequent lessons and the termly summative tasks that are used to gauge the progress of students.
Enrichment is a priority for the department, and we aim to provide each year group with at least one theatre visit per year; in KS4, we aim to provide pupils with an opportunity to go on a theatre trip for each set text.
- Film Studies
Leader: Mr D Lawson
Why are films so popular? How do films manipulate our emotions? Who makes films? How are different camera shots used in film? What’s the secret to creating a hit film?
In Film Studies we cast a critical and analytical eye over all genres of film to answer these questions and many more.
Film Studies students gain a detailed knowledge of film language and as such you will be able to ‘read’ films. Analytical skills will be sharpened and your ability to work independently will be increased.
Students who choose to study Film Studies follow the WJEC GCSE Film Studies. This GCSE has an assessment weighting of 50% for the controlled assessment and 50% for the final exams. The controlled assessment consists of 6 tasks worth a total of 100 marks covering industry research, film analysis, pitch, pre-production, final film production and evaluation. There are two written exams:
Paper 1- Superhero movies (1.5 hours)
Paper 2- Exploring films outside Hollywood (1 hour)
From 2017, we will be following the new WJEC Eduqas (9-1) Specification for Film Studies. This course is more rigorous than previous specifications and is intended to provide students with a richer, more developed understanding of film and
This course is more rigorous than previous specifications and is intended to provide students with a richer, more developed understanding of film and film making.
Paper 1: US Film - A Comparative Study & Independent Film (35%)
Paper 2: Global Film (35%)
Production: Internally Assessed (30%)
Curriculum Leader: Mr J Pavey
Geography is one of the most popular subjects studied by students at the Academy. It is a subject that ensures curiosity about the world around us, inspiring student imaginations and understanding of different people, places and geographical processes.
At Key Stage 3 students explore a wide variety of geographical topics, taking students on a journey from the shores of Eastbourne to the four corners of the world. In doing so students study the World’s ecosystems, Countries and Continents, Water on the land, Tectonic Process, Population, Development, Urbanisation, Tourism, Natural Disasters and Weather and climate.
In studying these topics students are encouraged to develop the skills needed at GCSE, this includes a variety of fieldwork skills, which they acquire through a variety of fieldwork opportunities.
Students are studying the AQA GCSE Geography A course. This covers elements of Human and Physical geography as well as large focus on geographical skills and analysis. There is also a 3rd exam paper that focuses on geographical enquiry and using skills learnt on fieldwork enrichment days.
To enhance the students learning experiences within Geography we offer trips to students including the opportunity visit the Cuckmere River, Newhaven and Eastbourne Beach. We also offer trips abroad when possible which in recent years have included New York, Rome and Iceland
History builds upon each students growing understanding of the past. It takes students on a journey through the past, starting in 1066 and ending with terrorism in the 21st century. It also looks at other cultures such as the Native Americans. It enables students to understand the world around them, to empathise with others and to appreciate concepts such as significance, cause and consequence.
In studying History, students will start in 1066 and follow an overview of British history through to modern day. The will consider the implications of these events on local history and visit local sites that are the result of these changes. They will also look at Britain’s impact on the world as well as studies of life as Native Americans, following their story through the American West to today. In looking at events of the 20th and 21st century students will begin to appreciate the importance and continued relevance of History today.
Students are studying the Edexcel GCSE History B which is comprises 3 exams and 4 subject areas. These are the reign of Elizabeth I, The History of medicine from the Middle Ages to today, The American West and Germany between the wars. They will consider how to evaluate sources and how to construct arguments as well as understanding what impact the events studied have had on Britain today
To enhance the students learning experiences within History we offer trips to students including the opportunity visit the Imperial War Museum, Iceland the trenches of World War One, Normandy and Poland.
Curriculum Leader: Mrs A O'Toole
We teach French and Spanish on a rolling programme, so year 7 are currently studying French and will continue to do so through years 8 and 9, at which point they will choose to continue the subject as a GCSE or not. The next cohort of year 7s will study Spanish from September 2017.
Lessons focus on practical topics for visits to France and Spain, such as ordering a meal, going to the doctor, meeting and greeting, with a strong emphasis on reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.
The team strongly recommends that students study a language at GCSE, due to the introduction of the Ebacc. This will also help with their university application and widen their career opportunities. Students prepare for the AQA GCSE syllabus which assesses four skills; reading, writing, speaking and listening. As at KS3, importance is placed on practical situations such as booking a hotel room, getting information from a tourist office, planning for the future and various everyday situations.
Following 3 successful annual visits to Paris and a visit to Barcelona in June 2016, we will be launching our first ever exchange with a French school based in Menton, during which students will be given the opportunity to visit 3 different countries. We will also be taking the year 7s to the Opal Coast on a day trip for the second time in March 2017 and intend to offer another residential Paris trip in 2018.
Our students also take part in the European Day of Languages and enjoy speaking in a variety of European languages with staff and students across the school.
Whenever the opportunity arises we send students to local primary schools to help with language days.
Head of Maths: Mr E Dadswell
At The Eastbourne Academy we believe all pupils should achieve their individual goals and appreciate the wonder and power of Mathematics in an exciting and encouraging environment.
To enable this, we believe that we should all work together to provide high quality and wide-ranging learning experiences and to provide and use quality resources.
All pupils will develop their mathematical skills in the six key areas:
Number, Algebra, Ratio, Proportion and rates of change, Geometry and measures, Probability and Statistics
The students follow the AQA 1-9 course in Mathematics. The examination for this course is based on three papers.
Paper 1 Non-Calculator (1 hour 30 minutes)
Paper 2 Calculator (1 hour 30 minutes)
Paper 3 Calculator (1 hour 30 Minutes)
The department runs regular support sessions for Year 10/11 pupils to assist in preparation for their GCSE exams.
Pupils from other year groups can make arrangements with their teacher as to when further support can be provided if required.
Curriculum Leader: Mrs A Stewart
Performing Arts is the home to Dance, Drama and Music and integrated Performing Arts. Performing Arts helps to develop a social awareness and ultimately develops the confidence and skills of young people.
At Key Stage 3 students follow Performance Studies, which includes Dance and Drama and Music.
New for 2019-2020, Year 7 students will have the opportunity to be selected for the Dance Scholarship course which will allow students to develop practical dance skills as well as obtaining a Level 1 qualification in Dance Leadership.
At Key Stage 4 students can opt for BTEC Technical Award in Performing Arts or Music Practice. The tech award in Performing Arts allows students to study discrete pathways in either dance, drama or musical theatre. The tech award in Music Practice allows students to develop skills with a range of instruments.
KS4 Performing Arts is a highly successful course with student’s achievements significantly exceeding National Averages.
The Performing Arts department offer a large range of extra-curricular activities to students including dance club, Rock Challenge club, open door music jam, Performing Arts club, TEA Shakesfest Company, Peripatetic tuition from County Music Service, as well as BTEC Portfolio clinics. Students are also given the opportunity to take part in the KS3 or KS4 showcases and can take part in the school musical at Christmas.
As well as the extra curricular activities students are also able to take part in theatre trips and Eastbourne Youth Radio.
Curriculum Leader: Ms K Abdalla
A full range of resources and equipment is available for each of the sports taught at KS3 and KS4 and facilities are excellent, including a 3G astro-turf surface, a sports hall, the Academy hall, a weights room, two squash courts, four tennis courts, a dance studio and the Academy field area. Students are required to wear full PE kit for all lessons.
Twelve different sports modules are taught at KS3 including Football, Basketball, Athletics, Gymnastics, Dance, OAA and Netball. Cultural Games is taught and Leadership is offered.
At present The Eastbourne Academy is only offering single award AQA GCSE in Physical Education.
A very extensive Extra Curricular Schedule that runs all through the school year is on offer. The Eastbourne Academy competes in Eastbourne , County and National Competitions. Most successes in recent years have been in Boys' and Girls' Football, Basketball, Triathlon and Rugby. At Key Stage 4, GCSE PE is offered that has a blend of Practical and Theoretical work that make up the assessment.
The PE Faculty have been on trips recently to Wembley Stadium, The Sovereign Centre, Universities, Sussex County Cricket Club, Brighton and Hove Albion matches and to New York working in conjunction with Humanities.
Head of Science: Mrs C Kelly
Our ethos is that learning should be student-led, active and contextualised. Seeing how science fits into our everyday lives and how it challenges our understanding, we help students to appreciate the key concepts and the relevance of what they study.
At Key Stage 3, students study a combination of biology, chemistry and physics. Units cover a variety of topics including cells, interdependence, particles, energy and forces. Practical work is an important part of science teaching and is included in as many lessons as possible. Students will have tests in class at the end of two modules to assess progress against their targets.
Year 9 students begin the year with a transition course covering topics in Biology, Chemistry and Physics that bridge the gap between KS3 and KS4.
They will begin their GCSE course as described below in term 3 of year 9.
KS4 students study science from the Edexcel 2016 specification. With this new specification there are two possible qualifications, those being ‘combined science’ (formerly known as ‘double science’ and worth two GCSEs) and triple science, where students achieve three GCSEs in biology, chemistry and physics.
Combined science is an exam-based qualification (100%) although there are compulsory practical activities that need to be completed during the course. The combined course is a two-year course which results in a double award in science (equivalent to 2 GCSE’s).
Pupils have the option of choosing a third science GCSE, thus achieving ‘triple’ science. Pupils choosing this option will complete the combined and triple content throughout years 9, 10 and 11.
The Science department offer a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) club for all students.
The Science department also regularly offers additional opportunities for students to take part in workshops, university and industry visits to widen students understanding of the opportunities available to them with Science qualifications.
Curriculum Leader: Mrs S Francis
The Sphere Curriculum is a continually developing programme of study that student’s value. The curriculum keeps up to date and informed about all local, national and world issues. We are a Stonewall Champion school and have been awarded Investors in Careers Stage 3 in recognition of the work we do in both areas of the curriculum.
Each year group will be taught six topics throughout the year;
* Relationships and Sex Education
* Drugs and Alcohol and Tobacco Education
* Emotional, Health and Well-Being
* Citizenship and Diversity
* Religious Education
*** Safety Education runs throughout all units of work.
Our focus is to encourage the students understanding of the community and world in which they live. They will develop a range of skills including communication, team working and their ability to value and challenge the opinions of others. We also put an emphasis on developing employability skills throughout the curriculum. This will prepare them for the world of work and life beyond school and support them in their emotional and social development. Students will also have opportunities to develop their literacy and numeracy skills throughout the course.
Students have recently taken part in the Enterprise Challenge, The Big Vote, Take-Over Day and Digital Awareness Days. An enrichment programme is organised and delivered within the Sphere year 7 and 8 programmes. Theatre, cultural and outdoor adventurous activities are planned for all students.