The Academic Programmes
Key to success at the school is our ability to work closely with all students so that we may understand their learning patterns and needs. This informs the planning of a pathway for each student as they move through the school; it will enable us to plan and achieve successful outcomes for the student at whichever level is appropriate for them.
Our programmes are also relatively diverse and varied for a small school such as ours. For all KS3 students, for example, Occupational and Speech Therapy are embedded in our approach to the curriculum and, depending on the changing needs and requirements of our intake, our provision is adjusted accordingly to ensure that the needs of the whole child are addressed.
The National Curriculum
Academics at CA London are broad and varied. Fundamentally, we follow the National Curriculum from Key Stage 2 through Foundation Learning at Key Stage 4/5 and GCSE. As you would imagine, our emphasis is very much on literacy and numeracy, the cornerstones of and gateway to essential knowledge. In addition to English and Mathematics, we also offer National Curriculum subjects in History, Geography, Science, Foreign Languages, Art, ICT, RS, Media Studies, Drama and PE.
And to help ensure that all our students gain the maximum from their National Curriculum endeavours, we also offer courses in Study Skills. Not only do these help students learn techniques ranging from note-taking to careful reading, they also are adapted to enable our students to learn the coping skills they will need to meet their learning challenges.
The Foundation Learning Programme
Our Foundation Learning programme is set up for Key Stage 4 and 5 students who are not following a GCSE pathway. It is a route which allows students to track and follow their own progress towards a destination agreed between student, parents and school. Qualifications gained are nationally recognised and enable the development of key social and personal skills required for independent life. The Foundation Learning programme links in with an FE college to promote successful transition to life outside of school for our learners. For some students it is possible to study a programme of Foundation Learning with some GCSEs.
Our GCSE curriculum is broad and balanced, offering choice options to our students that address a range of skills and interests and giving them the opportunity to earn nationally recognised qualifications. Delivered through a highly supportive programme, their two-year study will enable them to achieve the outcome most appropriate for their particular needs, whether this be an onward move to a Level 1 or 2 FE college, or to remain at CA to study for the American High School Diploma. Students ultimately planning on going to university will be encouraged to take a minimum of 5 GCSEs, to include English and Mathematics. Our core GCSE subjects are Mathematics, English Literature and Language, single Science and ICT. Further options may include a choice between History, Geography, Media, Spanish and Religious Studies.
The American High School Diploma
We offer the Diploma, the gateway to university study, in place of A-Levels. Recognised by all British universities, the Diploma, unlike A-Levels, is not examination-based. Rather, it uses a system of continual assessment wherein a student earns credit for writing essays, conducting research, completing an Art project and dozens of other subject-based tasks. In essence, the Diploma removes much of the stress and anxiety that students feel when sitting examinations.
Students completing their GCSEs may be admitted to the Diploma programme for years 12 and 13. The Diploma focuses on English, Mathematics, History and other Social Sciences, Science and Foreign Language (although the Foreign Language requirement may be waived for some students). Diploma students generally study each of these subjects and also may select from a coterie of others, including Environmental Science, Psychology, ICT, Art and PE.
CA London is particularly proud that we have never had a Diploma graduate who has not gone directly to university.