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Humberston Academy

Humberston is an outstanding academy proud of our exceptionally high standards and traditional ethos. We offer a diverse enrichment programme in order to develop skills outside of the classroom.


At Humberston Academy we follow a knowledge rich curriculum that adapts to the aspirations and needs of the individual.

This page contains a link to each of the subjects we offer, with details about how it is assessed.

Please find key details about curriculum, including information about the curriculum provided in each subject at Humberston Academy. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you like any further information, it would be our pleasure to assist with any queries you may have.

Our Trust Vision for Curriculum

We value the acquisition of powerful knowledge, as a goal in itself, as an entitlement for all children. We invest significant time and resources into ensuring that all students gain a broad knowledge base to enable them to become active members of their community in the future. Alongside a rigorous and challenging academic curriculum, students also experience a broad range of sports, arts and musical opportunities, ensuring that they have the richest experience a secondary education can give.

Our Academy Vision for Curriculum

At Humberston Academy, we pride ourselves on delivering a knowledge-rich curriculum that provides students with the skills, knowledge and cultural capital they require to be successful and employable in adulthood. We create a rich and exciting learning environment that inspires students to become their confident, academic best. We are committed to giving every child a world-class education that creates confident, well-rounded young people in the classroom, the workplace and in their communities.

Our mission is: Excellence for all - broadening students' horizons through outstanding academic education, focused enrichment and sporting opportunities to give every child attending our school a world-class education.

Curriculum Offer

Key Stage 3

We offer a full and wide range of subjects at Humberston Academy in Key Stage 3:

· Art

· Design and Technology

· Drama

· English

· Geography

· History

· IT/Computer Science

· Mathematics

· MFL – French/Spanish

· Music

· Physical Education

· Religious Education

· Science


You can find more information about each subject in the Humberston Curriculum document at the bottom of this page.

Key Stage 4

During Year 9, students will make their GCSE options choices. This is an exciting time of the year where students will, often for the first time, have the opportunity to shape their curriculum. They will study their KS4 curriculum during Y10 and Year 11.

At Key Stage 4, students will study English (Language and Literature), Mathematics, Science, Religious Education, PSHE and Core PE. It is our ambition for students to be provided with a curriculum that enables them to study a core suite of subject disciplines within the English Baccalaureate. The English Baccalaureate includes English, Mathematics, Science, a language and a Humanities. As part of the options process, students are also provided with the opportunity to study a range of other subjects.

We build on the foundations of our KS3 programme through our KS4 GCSE subjects:

· GCSE Maths

· GCSE English Language

· GCSE English Literature

· GCSE Science (Combined and Separate Sciences)

· GCSE Art

· GCSE Computer Science

· GCSE Design and Technology

· GCSE Drama

· GCSE French

· GCSE Geography

· GCSE History

· BTEC Media

· GCSE Music

· GCSE Physical Education

· GCSE Religious Education

· GCSE Spanish

You can find more information about our GCSE subjects in Humberston Options Booklet and the Humberston Curriculum document at the bottom of this page.

Personal development is part of our curriculum

We also recognise that there is the importance of teaching students the wider skills of personal development. We carefully design the academic year to recognise significant events from Holocaust Remembrance Day to Mental Wellbeing Day. We often raise awareness of these days in assemblies, bespoke presentations and our tutor programme which gives access to current affairs, literacy, numeracy and the art of debating. Our PSHE curriculum focusses on PSHE, RSE, SMSC, FBV, faiths and values. Students access these topics through weekly PSHE lessons, collapsed days and our Humberston Way ethos. Our Humberston Way principles ensure students do not lose sight of traditional core values, consideration of environment and ownership of their learning with a sense of ambition and readiness to learn. This ethos epitomises the type of student we wish to see flourish during their five-year education with us.

Assessment Summary

Year 7, 8, 9 and 10

Parents and Carers receive 3 assessment reports per year, which reports on achievement and effort.

Each student will complete assessments throughout the academic year which builds on prior knowledge learnt. Students will be expected to retrieve knowledge and demonstrate an understanding on the topics learnt.

Year 11

Parents and carers receive 4 assessment reports during the final year, which reports on achievement, effort and gives an indication of their preparation for Public Examinations.

Year 11 will build upon a robust end of Year 10 examination which includes Pre-Public Examinations (PPEs). These assessments will be completed in our examination hall and will prepare students for the Public Examinations in the Summer Term.

Two assessment grades will be reported.

Parents and carers will be provided with a Current Grade which informs how the student is currently doing and a Teacher Predicted Grade, which informs how we think your child will do in their final examinations.

There is also a ‘Parents Evening’ provided each academic year to give parents and carers the opportunity to discuss progress with their child’s subject teacher.


World Class learning

We have looked to improve our education provision further and deepen learning in the quest of allowing students to thrive in the next chapter of their learning and introduction into adulthood and therefore applied and achieved World Class Schools status in December 2019. The World Class Schools accreditation demonstrates that students benefit hugely from being a member of our school community. Our commitment to student voice is a core part of Humberston Academy and therefore there are a variety of opportunities to develop leadership and seek responsibility. We are ambitious for what all students can do within lessons. An inquisitive mind is encouraged, and students are expected to respond like a scholar, which allows them to develop into world class learners. 

Curriculum Offer

Our approach to the curriculum complies with our equality objectives and pays due regard to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014. We work to the best of our ability to ensure that all barriers are lifted for all students, so that they can achieve their potential and access the curriculum. We encourage all to not only take a full and active part in lessons but also ensure all students have equal opportunity to participate in our enrichment opportunities.

Fundamental British Values

At Humberston Academy we are dedicated to promoting values that ensure that our students develop a strong sense of social and moral responsibility.

We prepare the students for life in Modern Britain because values such as individual liberty, democracy, the law, mutual respect and tolerance are embedded within the curriculum and the academy ethos. These values are promoted at various times throughout the school year, and regularly in assemblies. Our academy embodies a democratic model in the way we work, the way we are structured and our general ethos and culture in the academy. Additionally, our rules and regulations are there for the benefit of everyone, and our academy takes a holistic approach to teaching British Values rather than concentrating on individual subjects.


Our objective is for every child to be able to read at an age appropriate level, with fluency and without barrier, to ensure that they can access the full curriculum and experience the joy of being able to read for pleasure.


There is a universal offer for all our students which is identified in our Reading and literacy Strategy. This allows exposure to reading and disciplinary literacy to take place each day and a focus within our lessons.


All teaching staff will promote literacy within the classroom and embed a love for reading.





We are proud to read to our students every day for 20mins. We have identified 30 books which will be read to our students throughout their time at Humberston Academy. The books offer breadth with the opportunity to build upon cultural capital and empathy to access to all time classics.



There is also a school-specific appendix to the DRET Literacy Policy which identifies students who have barriers to reading and literacy.  This provides evidence of the strategies in place for students to help them access and read under the three main categories below:


  • Reading Culture
  • Reading in Subject
  • Reading Intervention

reading appendix humberston v6 updated jan 2024.pdf





english curriculum march 2024.pdf




mathematics curriculum may 2024.pdf




science curriculum years 7 8 9.pdf




combined science curriculum.pdf




seperate science curriculum.pdf




history curriculum feb 2024.pdf




geography curriculum march 2024.pdf





physical education core.pdf




physical education gcse curriculum feb 2024.pdf




design technology curriculum 2 .pdf





art curriculum nov 2023.pdf




drama curriculum.pdf




food and nutrition curriculum 2023.pdf




ict media curriculum april 2024.pdf





computer science curriculum april 2024.pdf




languages french curriculum.pdf



spanich curriculum may 2024.pdf




re curriculum.pdf





phse curriculum.pdf


 Curriculum Documents 


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