Curriculum Statement


At Sidney Stringer Academy, the curriculum is centred around the individual pupil and their needs. Whatever their starting point at each key stage, different pathways are available to ensure pupils can deepen their understanding and enjoyment of topics and issues already studied but also have the confidence and resilience to broaden their learning by taking on new subjects. As well as traditional GCSEs and A Levels, pathways can include functional skills qualifications and work-related learning in conjunction with local colleges and universities.


In addition to the wide range of subjects studied, our Academy values – determination, integrity and respect - are embedded in both academic and practical studies. These values are seen in teamwork, homework and everyday lessons. Furthermore, our comprehensive enrichment programme offers many opportunities for students to enhance and enjoy their learning in different contexts, including the community of Hillfields and Coventry.


Sidney Stringer Academy’s curriculum is committed to preparing students to achieve the very best qualifications and to use what they learn at school, outside the classroom and in adult life. Each subject investigates social, moral, spiritual and cultural issues that are relevant as well as teaching British values to ensure our pupils are well-rounded members of society.


We review our curriculum regularly to ensure learning is relevant and challenging so students leave Sidney Stringer Academy with qualifications of which they can be proud.  In 2017, Sidney Stringer Academy was one of only 138 schools in the country to achieve a Progress 8 score that was well-above national average. We are particularly proud of this as it demonstrates how students – no matter their starting point – make outstanding progress because of our personalised curriculum. As well as making exceptional progress in 2017, 70% of our students achieved strong passes in English and Mathematics, compared to 59% nationally.



Key Stage 3 Overview



  • Year 7 Textiles  - Design and make personalised trainer bag using skills such as pinning, tacking, the safe use of a sewing machine and dye sublimation techniques.
  • Year 8 Textiles  - Students will design and make a protective cover for an electronic hand-held gadget cover using CAD (Adobe Illustrator)



  • Year 7 Food – Healthy eating
  • Year 8 Food - Snack products sweet and savoury



Social Sciences faculty




Year 7

  • Understand how Rome was created and explain how the Romans changed Britain.


  • Medieval Realms: why did William win the Battle of Hastings? Was King John a good King? Who was responsible for the murder of Thomas Becket? What was the Black Death?


  • The Tudors: was Henry VIII a man or a monster? What changes did Edward make to religion? Did Mary deserve the nickname Bloody Mary? How did Elizabeth solve the problem of religion?


Year 8

  • Black People of America and the impact of the Empire: the Slave Triangle, the Middle Passage, what happened when slaves arrived in America, who helped slavery end in Britain, Factory life
  • World War 1
  • World War 2 and  the holocaust


Religious Education


Year 7

  • Rules in Religions: Buddhism, the Eightfold Path, the Golden Rule, Hinduism, Karma, Christianity, the Ten Commandments


  • Founders of Religions: What makes a good leader? Jesus, Prophet Muhammed, Guru Nanak, Buddha


Year 8

  • Pilgrimage: Lourdes, Western Wall, River Ganges, Hajj, Mecca
  • Does God Exist?: What is Science? The Big Bang - Religion, Science or both? The meaning of life. Is there a God?




Year 7

  • Puberty: lumps and bumps
  • Smoking,
  • E Safety
  • Legal & illegal Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • CWP


Year 8

  • Dating
  • Talking about and managing relationships.
  • Physical & emotional effects of drugs.
  • Dealing with drug related situations




  • Social Growth Programme  
  • My Say 
  • My Say Democracy
  • Healthy Eating
  • School diet
  • Emotional Wellbeing 
  • What is Britishness?


Year 8

  • Crime and Justice
  • Trouble for Danny/ Democracy Cookbook
  • Human Rights
  • Economic wellbeing/Being Safe



Expressive Arts faculty




Year 7

  • Elements of Music 
  • Keyboard Skills
  • Gamelan
  • Musical Futures
  • Class Modal Composition
  • Rhythms of Africa
  • Film Music


Year 8

  • Musical Futures
  • Dance Music
  • Samba
  • Blues
  • Salsa Music




Year 7

  • Introduction to Drama techniques: World War 1
  • Mime and Silent Movies
  • Darkwood Manor: Storytelling & Improvisation
  • Wacky Soap: Social drama based on issue of substance abuse
  • Introduction to Shakespeare
  • George’s Suitcase


Year 8

  • Titanic: Group performance using witness accounts
  • Charlie & The Chocolate Factory: Physical Theatre and characterisation
  • Oliver Twist: Monologues
  • Comedy: Investigation into different types of comedic performance
  • Macbeth
  • Sidney Stringer Summer Production Rehearsals




Year 7 Girls

  • Netball
  • Gym
  • Football /b’ball
  • Dance
  • Swimming
  • Rounders
  • Tennis
  • Athletics
  • O&A


Year 8 Girls

  • Netball
  • Gym
  • Football /basketball
  • Dance
  • Badminton
  • O&A
  • H+F
  • Athletics
  • Rounders
  • Tennis


Year 7 Boys

  • Swimming
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Badminton
  • Gym
  • Cricket
  • Tennis
  • Athletics
  • Softball
  • O&A


Year 8 Boys

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Badminton
  • H & F
  • Gym
  • Tag rubgy
  • O & A
  • Cricket
  • Tennis
  • Athletics
  • Softball



English faculty


Year 7

  • AR
  • School and education: Jane Eyre
  • Instructing and recounting
  • Celebrations and responsibilities: A Christmas Carole
  • Recounting and narrating
  • Travel and adventure: Robert Louis Stephenson
  • Narrating and reporting


Year 8

  • AR
  • War and peace: The Red Badge of Courage
  • Reporting and explaining
  • Science, morality and monsters: Jekyll and Hyde/Frankenstein, Macbeth/Othello
  • Explanation and argument
  • Crime, punishment and mystery: Edgar Allan Poe collection
  • Argument and analysis



Science faculty


Year 7

  • Tissue and Transplants
  • Acid and Alkali
  • Forces and their waste
  • Bubbles and bangs


  • Sex and science
  • Materials from Earth
  • electrical circuits
  • Energy and sustainable


  • Ecology matters
  • Classified
  • Solar system and beyond.


Year 8

  • Food glorious food
  • In the drink
  • Heat transfer
  • Explaining Earth
  • Forces and transport


  • Going for Gold
  • All that glitters
  • Doctors and diseases


  • Sound and hearing
  • Light Fantastic
  • Materials and Recycling
  • Ways of Dodo



Business and ICT faculty




Year 7

  • Why computing? – the background to computing, how data is represented, the history of computers
  • Network systems - hardware and software
  • Scratch - program using a visual programming language
  • I can animate -  stop motion animations and green screen technology
  • Boolean logic - how computers make decisions


Year 8

  • Spreadsheets and databases
  • Hackers - different types of hackers and how to keep systems safe
  • HTML and the web - create a website in kompozer and edit in HTML code
  • APP development - create a basic APP using APP inventor
  • Robotics - Lego robots and problem solving
  • Python - text based programming



Maths faculty


Year 7

  • Logic
  • Place value
  • Graphs
  • Addition and subtraction with decimals
  • Angles
  • Multiplication and division with decimals
  • Area and perimeter.


  • Fractions
  • Searching for patterns
  • Time, timetables, mileage charts
  • Negative numbers
  • Linear equations


  • Decimals and fractions
  • Quantitative data
  • Scale drawing
  • Fractions (+, -, x, /)
  • Probability
  • Volume


Year 8

  • Mathematical diagrams
  • Factors
  • Pythagoras' Theorem
  • Rounding and estimating
  • Averages
  • Nets and surface area
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Algebra - brackets


  • Fractions and percentages
  • Probability
  • Angles, bearing and maps
  • Formulae
  • Money and time
  • Straight line graphs


  • Polygons
  • Circles and cylinders
  • Units of measure
  • Speed, distance and time
  • Questionnaires and analysis





Accelerated Reader is a tool for managing independent reading practice, and is an important part of our school curriculum. Using the system, we collect reading age data from pupils during their time with us at the end of year 6, and then they continue using the software throughout their time at Sidney Stringer Academy. Using the AR system, we test the reading age of pupils every 6 months, and using this data we are able to monitor their progress in vocabulary acquisition. The personalised nature of the software means that a pupil is allocated a ZPD (zone of proximal development) relevant to his/her reading age, which informs them of the book levels that they need to be reading in order to develop reading ability. An improved reading ability means that a pupil will be more successful in accessing vocabulary on subjects across the curriculum, and so should be more successful overall.

At Sidney Stringer Academy, one hour per week of KS3 English curriculum time is dedicated to Accelerated Reader, and throughout KS3, KS4 and KS5 at least one tutor session per week.