Overview

Grace Academy Darlaston celebrates the academic success of all its students. We are very proud of our achievements, which form the bedrock of our aspirations for every student entering the academy. Students are encouraged to feel good about being successful and also, to feel confident about expressing views about the life and work of the academy.

Whilst academic excellence is extremely important to us, equally so are development of character, talent and independence, and we set great store by these through our core values: ‘potential, respect, integrity, grace and excellence’. Through sport, drama, music and many other extra-curricular activities, we create an environment in which these values can be promoted and sustained, and it is this that makes Grace Academy Darlaston an inspiring place to learn.

At Grace Academy, our aim is to develop and deliver a curriculum that prepares our young people for the 21st century: one that enables our teachers to become facilitators of learning. We provide a broad and varied selection of subjects and our teachers encourage independent learning, helping our students to become successful and self-sufficient, lifelong learners.

At all Key Stages, our students are regularly given the opportunity to work beyond the academy grounds, not only to encourage lifelong learning, but also to nurture the importance of personal responsibility and social awareness.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Students at Grace Academy Darlaston follow a Key Stage 3 curriculum for two, not three years as is the norm as we believe that the increased pace and rigour of this programme will lead to higher attainment.

Students in Key Stage 3 follow a curriculum designed to aid transition from Key Stage 2. It is a curriculum that enables, empowers and encourages students: providing them with the opportunity to work in an exciting, creative and successful environment.

Our students that arrive with low Key Stage 2 levels in Literacy engage in a thematic, integrated approach to the curriculum, with an emphasis on Literacy. In addition to this, students have access to extra Mathematics, Science, and Physical Education lessons. They spend a significant amount of their time with the same class teacher, which enables the teacher to know the child better than anyone else in the academy and to support their learning on an individual basis.

In Key Stage 3, students study the following subjects:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Art
  • Citizenship
  • Computer Science
  • Design and Technology
  • French
  • Geography
  • History
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Education

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

During Key Stage 4, students have the option to study both vocational and GCSE pathways. Increasingly, these courses allow students to be examined at the point of readiness not at the end of a specific time period.

Under ‘Departments’, you will find details of all of these courses. In each area you will find information about the curriculum studied and the kind of activities that students encounter when they study in this area.

The Academy offers a broad and balanced curriculum at Key Stage 4. During the three year programme, students will follow a ‘core curriculum’ which consists of the following subjects: English Language; English Literature; Mathematics; Science; ICT; Religious Education; Physical Education and Citizenship.

Alongside the core curriculum, students will be asked to choose options. Currently, students in different Key Stage 4 year groups are studying the following GCSE/BTEC subjects:

  • Art
  • Child Development
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Food Technology
  • French
  • Geography
  • History
  • Media
  • Music Technology
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Studies
  • Resistant Materials
  • Sport

Key Stage 5 Curriculum

Throughout their stay in Sixth Form, students’ progress is carefully tracked in a caring and supportive environment. We offer our students a wide range of opportunities to expand their knowledge and pursue personal interests. Our curriculum offers a mixture of A’ Levels, vocational and Level 2 courses, preparing students for the world of work, apprenticeship, further and higher education.

Our exciting Post 16 curriculum, utilising the latest technology and teaching methods, is designed to meet the needs of the 21st Century learner and to help students realise their future aspirations. All of our Sixth Form students access core Physical Education lessons. Additionally, we currently offer the following courses at Level 3:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Art
  • Design
  • Business and Enterprise
  • Economics
  • Health & Social Care
  • Children’s Care, Learning & Development
  • History
  • ICT
  • Media
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology
  • Sport
  • Football Academy

Our Post 16 Level 2 offer ensures that students can re-take GCSE core subjects, English; Mathematics and Science.


If you have any questions or queries regarding any aspect of our curriculum please do not hesitate to get in touch with our Deputy Principal Jayne Gray on 0121 568 3300.

Students’ behaviour is good. They are friendly and respectful towards adults and each other

Ofsted, May 2015 View our success stories