Curriculum Overview

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The Curriculum

2020 / 21 - Current Year

The curriculum is designed to fit our vision and mission:

All OMA students, irrespective of their backgrounds, will be exceptional learners, so they are equipped with the necessary knowledge, skills, qualifications and mindset to contribute positively in society.

At OMA, we believe that students will aspire to excellence through literacy, with a specific focus on Oracy at Key Stage 3. Students will learn to become masters of retrieval and experience a curriculum which develops students’ cultural capital.

At Ormiston Maritime Academy we offer a curriculum that fits with our values of ‘ASPIRE to excellence’.


Each department will have their own vision for their subject which will explain what is taught, how it has ambition, how it fulfils the National Curriculum and the order the curriculum is sequenced. We want our students to understand how to be an expert in each subject such as a ‘scientist, mathematician, historian’ to name but a few. The planning of the subject curriculum has the four core values at its heart – literacy, Oracy, retrieval and the experience of cultural capital.

We offer a curriculum that is broad and balanced and promotes spiritual, moral, social, cultural and physical development of students with a view in preparing our young people for their future careers. With this in mind, we do focus a significant proportion of our curriculum time on English and mathematics to ensure students have the core numeracy and literacy skills to help access other curriculum areas.

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3 is a three-year programme of study. This ensures the curriculum is broad and does not narrow too quickly. It is important that all students experience a variety of subjects.

All students follow the National Curriculum by studying English, Mathematics, Science, Art, Geography, History, ICT, French or Spanish, Performing Arts, Physical Education, Religious Education and Design Technology. The Key Stage 3 curriculum develops a strong foundation for these subject areas, strengthening skills and building knowledge required for further study, whilst striving to develop a passion and enthusiasm for learning. The curriculum and schemes of learning are continuously audited to ensure they are as least as ambitious as the National Curriculum requires.

Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4 begins when students are in Year 10 to enable more students to develop the MFL skills in Years 7-9 to be able to access the more academic Ebacc suite of subjects.

Our options pathways process is based on prior attainment, internal assessments, the interests, the abilities and aptitude of the students and they are supported at an individual level to help them choose the subjects that are right for them. All students can access all of the subjects on offer. We offer a wide range of GCSE and Vocational qualifications. All students study English, Mathematics and Science. In addition, all students take part in timetabled Physical Education. There is also dedicated curriculum time to careers, PSHE (Learning for Life) and Religious Education.

Enrichment and Cultural Capital

At OMA, we believe that students should have an education that is wider than what is learned in lessons. Therefore it is encouraged that students have opportunities to take part in visits and trips to widen their cultural capital. Students are also encouraged to take part in a wide range of enrichment activities in terms of clubs that take place at lunchtime and at the end of the Academy day. 

Ormiston Academies Trust Curriculum Statement