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.


By design, the curriculum intends to maximise learning by careful planning and placement of topics across the school. In addition, we take advantage of cross-curricular opportunities wherever possible to ensure that the knowledge students acquire during their time with us is applicable to more than just one subject in school. Instead, we value life-long learning and appreciate that knowledge and cultural capital are integral to the development of children as valued members of society. One of our priorities for 2019 is the development of Knowledge Organisers to allow students to prepare for their studies and make connections across and beyond departments.

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.




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.