Curriculum provision

As an academy we have far more freedom than many schools to provide a varied, innovative and stimulating curriculum that offers all students the chance to develop according to their talents, interests and ambitions.

In Years 7, 8 and 9 all students study English, mathematics, science, ICT, PE, design technology, languages and humanities as well as the opportunity to study guidance, art, music and drama and literacy and numeracy.

During Year 9, students have the opportunity to opt for subjects from Year10 onwards. All students study English, mathematics, science, guidance and PE and then choose from a range of subjects to meet their aptitudes and individual interests. Students are guided onto a relevant pathway based on prior attainment. Some students will have the opportunity to study AS levels or a wider range of qualifications in partnership with Franklin College. Some students will follow work related qualifications. This more personalised approach enables our students to achieve high levels of success and engage in courses that provide an opportunity to truly flourish. Our curriculum has enabled every student to experience success and provides the platform for our students to realise their potential.

A small number of students transferring to the academy in Year 7 follow an enriched programme of literacy and numeracy, which helps them to prepare for the full curriculum diet in Year 8. This is known as the ‘Gold Curriculum’ and covers the core subjects of English, maths and Humanities

House System

Your son/daughter will be placed into a mixed ability form group for tutor periods. This tutor group will be part of one of the five Houses which operate within Ormiston Maritime Academy’s Pastoral system (these Houses are Arctic, Atlantic, Indian, Pacific and Southern and are named after the five Oceans of the world). They have a 20 minute form period every morning and follow a Tutor programme.

Setting and Blocking

In addition to being placed into one of the houses, on entry in year 7 your son/daughter will also be placed into a block of either Ormiston or Maritime, within these blocks they are set according to ability and needs. The blocking of your son/daughter is also based on current attainment and their personal specific needs. These blocks and sets are reviewed termly to allow for the movement of students, ensuring we continue to cater for their development and individual needs.

Key Stage 3

Please find below information in relation to curriculum data for Year 7 and 8.

Key Stage 4

At Ormiston Maritime Academy we start our Key Stage 4 curriculum in Year 10 .

Please click below to find the relevant curriculum model for each Year:

Extra-Curricular activities and Flexible Learning

As well as the school day we also offer our students the opportunity to study outside of school and also take part in activities that will enhance their wider learning and employability. These include the provision of Flexible Learning Days where the student’s timetable is collapsed and allows subjects to deliver in a whole new and dynamic way, whilst enhancing the students learning and developing vital skills in preparation for the world of work.

Tracking Student Progress

We will set target grades which challenge all our students to be successful.

Progress towards these target grades will be frequently checked (six times per year) and closely monitored.

Where students are falling behind or underachieving we will provide a study support programme to help them catch up.

We have three target setting afternoons in Key Stage 3 that allow the students to review their performance in all subject areas and to set specific targets to help raise their level of achievement and progress. Students in Key Stage 4 have two parents evenings during the year.

Our curriculum does not begin and end during lesson time. It continues through extra-curricular activities and study support which takes place before school, at lunchtimes, after school, Saturdays and during the holidays.

Students have the opportunity to attend organised sessions or make use of the extensive ICT, Learning Enrichment Centre and other specialist facilities for their own private study.

A programme of flexible learning days, where the timetable is collapsed, will allow students to deepen their understanding and develop their learning skills.

Religious Education

RE is taught as a subject in KS3 and covers moral, ethical and cultural issues. RE is then taught as a one year course (known as Philosophy and Ethics) in Key Stage 4 and will result in a GSCE which pupils will sit at the end of the year. Other aspects of RE are taught through our guidance curriculum at KS4. The Academy supports RE as a means of promoting respect, tolerance and understanding of the cultures and traditions of our communities.

Parents have a right to ask that their child does not take part in religious education or collective acts of worship. Please let us know if this is your wish.

Sex and Relationships Education (SRE)

The Academy teaches sex and relationships education as part of our guidance and science curriculum. Further details are available fron the Academy.

Parents have a right to ask that their child does not take part in the sex and relationships programme. Please let us know if this is your wish.

Gifted and Talented

Students who are academically gifted or talented are given many opportunities that will stretch and motivate them. These range from residential trips, visits to universities, business mentoring, mentoring from professionals at our local health centre and the opportunity to take higher level qualifications in some subjects. It is to be expected that students will learn new skills and concepts which will help to prepare them for future success and raise their aspirations further.


As part of a whole school approach, PSHE education develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.

The benefits to pupils of such an approach are numerous as PSHE prepares them to manage many of the most critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face growing up in such rapidly changing and challenging times. It also helps them to connect and apply the knowledge and understanding they learn in all subjects to practical, real-life situations. The subject covers a variety of moral, financial, ethical and cultural issues in order to help students develop a good sense of self-esteem and confidence in their own ability, as well as being respectful and tolerant of other people and cultures and helping them to fulfil their academic potential.

In KS4 PSHE is taught on rotation and all students will take a GCSE in the preparation for working life, as well as careers and SRE.


In September 2013 we launched a brand new careers system at the academy called U-Explore. This online portal allows both parents and students to access a wealth of careers and further education information. For more information including how to register on the system please click here.


Learning outside lesson time is a key driver in raising pupil achievement and home-learning tasks will be set regularly at Ormiston Maritime Academy. There are many benefits associated with learning outside the classroom. These include:

  • Developing positive study skills and habits
  • Developing good time management
  • Encouraging independence and responsibility for learning
  • Improving memory and thinking skills
  • Learning to use resources, such as reference materials, and the internet to find information
  • Exploring subjects in more depth
  • Applying skills to new situations
  • Integrating learning by applying many different skills to a single task such as an extended report
  • Involving parents in their children’s learning

We believe it is important for pupils to get into the habit of focussed, independent work from year 7, to develop their skills for future examination preparation, further education and the world of work.

 Core Subjects Homework Timetable         KS3 Homework Timetable    KS4 Homework Timetable

In-school support for home learning

  • Pupils have access to the Learning Enrichment Centre (H4U Club), during and after the school day.
  • There is a structured intervention and support timetable which runs after school every day and includes home-learning clubs for each subject.
  • Marking and feedback is key to improvement and parents will see regular evidence of this in pupils’ books