The Oasis South Bank Curriculum – Our Statement of Intent
In line with Oasis’ Education Charter, the curriculum is the heart of our academy’s educational provision. Through this - alongside our commitment to an exceptional climate for learning and focus on continual teaching improvement - we make academically rigorous learning the foundation of every lesson. We have designed our curriculum to meet the needs of all and to ensure that all students have access to a wide range of academic subjects alongside a broad enrichment curriculum. Through our curriculum we will achieve outcomes that drive social mobility and make our two end goals of achieving our dream job and being a model citizen both achievable and realistic.
Our Stairs Values are the foundation stone of the design and delivery of our curriculum. We know that character development doesn’t happen by chance but through intention and purpose; it is therefore an explicit part of our curriculum. We work hard at preparing our students to be the best version of themselves not just for today but for their futures, and communicate our values to our students through daily school values reminders and regular assemblies. Our weekly PSCHE curriculum means that students learn how to be socially responsible members of our community and country, and understand how to keep themselves safe in the challenging context in which they live.
Our knowledge-rich curriculum is built on the latest research in cognitive science to ensure the very best outcomes for our young people. We believe that a carefully sequenced curriculum, direct instruction, overlearning and repeated retrieval quizzing are the best methods to close the disadvantage gap. Our curriculum, however, is about so much more than simply securing great results. It is about our academy’s determination to achieve excellence with equity and integrity, bridging the advantage gap, and successfully overcoming barriers to learning for all our students. We believe there should be no limits to the achievement and ambition of all of our students, whether they be our most able or our students with a Special Educational Need.
We provide all students with a broad and ambitious academic curriculum throughout Key Stage 3, 4 and 5. We offer a huge amount of choice at GCSE with over 150 possible subject option variations on offer. All our young people study a Humanities (History or Geography) and a Language (French or Spanish) until they are 16 and 95% of our children sit the EBACC. We believe that all students can access this important combination of subjects and our Progress score of 1.52 in the EBACC subjects demonstrates this. Our Daily DEAR programme encourages all students to develop a love of reading, to increase their vocabulary and to build important literacy skills needed to access all parts of the curriculum. At A-Level, we ensure that students study the most academically rigorous mix of subjects, allowing them access to the very best universities.
Our innovative enrichment curriculum and extended day provide our students with a variety of experiences, learning and visits which enrich this academic curriculum and increase students’ cultural capital, empathy and understanding of the world around them. From year 7 all students receive weekly Stairs to Greatness sessions, giving them information and experience about a broad range of careers and introducing them to the world of work. We open students’ eyes to the wide range of international business on their doorstep and give them a unique opportunity to experience life within these companies. These experiences in international enterprises such as PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Facebook and Clifford Chance encourage students to be aspirational and ambitious. Our enrichment curriculum also allows time to develop students’ talents and interests in extra-curricular areas such as musical performance, debating, Duke of Edinburgh and volunteering.