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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 broad and balanced 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 contact us should you like any further information, it would be our pleasure to assist with any queries you may have.

You will also find below more general curriculum information about how we have structured the learning at Humberston Academy.

Key Stage 3

Since September 2015, we have been following a two year Key Stage 3 throughout Year 7 and Year 8.

Students study a range of subjects within these two years to ensure they have a broad skill and knowledge base from which to make an informed choice when they undergo the GCSE Option Process.

We are proud of the fact that we focus a significant proportion of our curriculum time on English and Mathematics to ensure students have the core numeracy and literacy skills to help access other curriculum areas. Within English, there is a big focus on literacy and reading with all students undertaking at least one hour of focused reading per week.

There is also a key focus on Science, History and Geography to lay the foundation for future GCSE study within these core academic areas.

We also place great value on the study of modern foreign languages and consequently we have increased the amount of time students spend studying languages to help students become more immersed within language learning. During this time, students will receive highly focused learning in French, Spanish and German on a rotational basis.

All students also receive a broad curriculum of Art, Drama, ICT, Technology, PE, and Ethics and Morals. This therefore ensures that the strengths of all of our students are being catered for and key social skills such as confidence, presentation skills and team work are being developed within the warm and positive environment which makes Humberston Academy so special.

Key Stage 4

Students now choose their GCSE Options midway through Year 8, ready to commence a three year period of study for GCSE.

It is evident that students have responded extremely positively to this change and have enjoyed the focused, more personalised challenge which GCSE study brings.

By studying preferred subjects for three years, it is our aim to ensure students are given maximum time to make maximum progress in subjects of choice. They will therefore be provided with an extremely strong platform from which to pursue further studies.

All students are provided with at least 4 hours of English in which they study both English Language and English Literature and 4 hours of Mathematics. By focusing time on these key subject areas, we are confident students will meet the benchmarks for future employment or further study.

All students also study Core and Additional Science and have access to a ICT qualification.

A choice from one of History or Geography is compulsory for the vast majority of students and then a choice is made from subjects such as Triple Science, Drama, Art, Media Studies, GCSE PE and more depending upon what we deem most appropriate for the individuals whose needs are being catered for.

An alternative curriculum is also offered, based on individual need, for students as required.


Please find a link on this page which explains in more detail new assessment procedures which have come about as a result of key government changes.

In brief, at GCSE a new numerical scale from 9->1 is gradually being introduced to replace the old A*-U grading system. We will ensure a handy look-up guide is provided with any reports we send out to help you understand these changes.

Assessment Summary

Key stage 3

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

We still intend to use the established levels from Key Stage 2, and these will still be sub-levelled to help differentiate progress.

Key Stage 4

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

However, for each subject, two assessment grades will be reported.

You will be provided with a Current Grade which informs how the student is currently doing and an End of Key Stage Teacher Predicted Grade, which informs how we think your child will do in their final examinations.

Key Stage 4 Examinations

All subjects report the new numerical grade from 9 > 1.


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. In addition 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.

Click here to find out more about British Values at our academy

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