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. 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 both outside of the classroom and in adult life. Each subject investigates social, moral, spiritual and cultural issues that are pertinent as well as teaching British values to ensure our pupils are well-rounded members of society.


An overview of our cohesive academic and pastoral curriculum offer over the seven years can be viewed here. It includes careers, PSHE and citizenship.


We review our curriculum regularly to ensure learning is relevant and challenging so students leave Sidney Stringer Academy with qualifications and characteristics of which they can be proud. 


Our students consistently achieve positive progress scores and impressive attainment at all key stages, which demonstrates how students – no matter their starting point – make outstanding progress because of our personalised curriculum. We are particularly proud of our basics (English and Maths) attainment and progress from the 2019 GCSE cohort, where 42% achieved a grade 5 or higher and 65% a grade 4 or higher.