What Your Child Learns: Saltley’s Curriculum 2017-18

The following statement was agreed by the Local Governing Body on 14th March 2017.

At Saltley Academy, we are committed to ensuring that students have a broad and engaging curriculum to meet their individual needs, help them secure outstanding achievements and prepare them to be outstanding learners and citizens.

We are committed to ensuring that the experience students have through both school and homework activities provides them with a breadth of knowledge, skills and experiences that enable them to reach their full potential academically, culturally, socially, morally and spiritually. As a Rights Respecting School, Articles 29 (the goals of education) and 31 (the right to leisure, play and culture) are central to the aims of our curriculum.

This means that they will study the full National Curriculum in Key Stage Three, which at Saltley is Years 7 and 8, so that students have the opportunity to study their Key Stage Four courses, mostly academic GCSEs, in more depth from Year 9.

All students have a 20 minute reading and literacy session, four times per week.  More able and willing readers have the option to study Latin in this time.  Please note that Year 11 will often have revision lessons in this time.

At Saltley, the following subjects are taught. Students in Years 7 and 8 study all these subjects. Please click on the name of the subject to find more information about that subject at each Key Stage:

  • English 
  • Mathematics
  • Science (Curriculum Map – 2017/18)
  • Art
  • Citizenship (which includes Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education)
  • Computing
  • Design Technology (Resistant Materials, Food, Graphics)
  • Drama
  • Geography
  • History
  • KS4 curriculum
  • Modern Foreign Languages (Spanish and Urdu, with other languages taught after school)
  • Music
  • Outstanding Learners (an introduction in Years 7 and 8 only to our approach to learning [please     see Teaching and Learning Policy], which also includes Careers Education and Financial Education.
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Education

At Key Stage Four, the study of Art, Design Technology subjects, Child Development, Performing Arts (Drama and Music), Geography, History and Modern Foreign Languages become a matter of student options.

In Science, students can study Triple Science or Additional Science GCSEs.
In Religious Education, in Key Stage Three, students study Christianity, Islam and the key features of the major world faiths. At Key Stage Four, students study Christianity and Islam. Please see the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development Policy.

In ICT/Computer Studies, students will study either GCSE or a vocational equivalent: study is completed at the end of Year 10.

In English, students will both study English Language and Literature GCSE.
All students will have Physical Education lessons and the GCSE in this subject is available as an option as well as access to supervised sporting activity during the school day, which provides access beyond the recommended two hours per week.

Please refer to the new SEN section of the website for details of provision in this area.



Saltley Academy is committed to a series of assemblies, special events in school and visits to ensure that all students are prepared for adult life as happy, successful citizens in modern Britain. This will include a programme of ‘Dimension Days’ to expand students’ learning experiences and special events, such as charities, our Christmas Assembly (in school) and our Grand Iftari (out of school time). Please see the policy for the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our students and with it the ‘Saltley Guarantee’ of experiences to support this. This includes independent advice and guidance, careers education, and, in Year 10, one week of work experience. We also have extensive links with Post 16 providers, including Washwood Heath Academy’s sixth form, and universities.

The Academy is also committed to encouraging healthy lifestyles and life choices by   developing our students’ ability to take sporting, leisure and cultural opportunities as part of their lives through extensive access to supervised activities through lunchtimes and after school. Students also have the opportunity to achieve the Arts Award and we are working to ensure that this is possible, even if students do not opt for arts subjects at Key Stage Four.

We are committed to enhancing students’ learning experiences through creative projects with our partners, the arts group Stan’s Café. See the specific page for Saltley on their website:

Please see the relevant policy on this website for information on our delivery of Sex & Relationship Education.

The school also offers a range of before and after school clubs, as well as extensive revision sessions, which also take place on some Saturdays and during school holidays. Information on these is sent to specific students and their families when relevant.

Development: The curriculum is reviewed each year.