Secondary Curriculum

Our broad and balanced curriculum has been designed to develop knowledgeable, confident and articulate young people who have the character to impress and compete.  It places a high emphasis on literacy, numeracy and character formation across all areas of study and values depth of knowledge, articulate oracy, inquisitiveness and a commitment to developing oneself.

The principles at Barnet Hill Academy's  curriculum offer are as follows:

  • Excellent teaching delivered by teachers with a deep knowledge of and passion for their subject.
  • High expectations at all times and a belief that all students can meet those expectations.
  • A strong focus on academic achievement, knowledge, and qualifications.
  • Appropriate and bespoke support for students on the SEND and EAL list.
  • An emphasis on morality, values and character education.

Arabic

The Arabic language is a crucial part of the contemporary world.  Arabic encompasses  an understanding of the Quran, language skills with vocational benefits and a means of interacting with Arabic speaking cultures as part of a global community.  At BHA, we aim to endow our pupils with functional Arabic language skills which will allow them to converse fluently and confidently, whichever direction they wish to pursue in the future.

Art

The Art curriculum has been constructed on the basis of supporting pupils to improve their self-esteem and social skills through artistic expression. During lessons, pupils have the opportunity to develop decision-making and critical thinking.  At BHA, the art curriculum focuses on exploring the properties of materials and their textures, experimenting with different effects, and having the freedom to create. We hope to inspire pupils who are confident with their artistic expression in any prospective field they wish to partake in.

Business Studies

At BHA we believe in building enterprising minds. The GCSE Business 9-1 course is designed for students to be able to understand business concepts, business terminology, business objectives, how the nature of business activities is integrated and the impact of business on individuals and wider society.

Citizenship

Citizenship at BHA allows pupils to acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives locally, nationally and globally. The lessons enable the pupils to understand the British democratic process and how to effect  changes peacefully in society. It prepares  pupils to manage many of the most critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face growing up in such rapidly changing and challenging times and thrive as individuals and members of society.

English

At Barnet Hill Academy, we are interested in the ways in which English - in all its variations - can help shape pupils to participate fully in the society we live in. Our vision is an interrogative one; creating thinkers that are critical as well as analytical, pupils who explore perspectives and formulate a well-balanced outlook towards contemporary issues of class, gender and identity. We believe English equips pupils to speak and write fluently, enabling the free communication of thoughts and ideas. A strong command of language empowers pupils to develop autonomously, aiming for excellence in every endeavour they pursue in the present and future. Alongside the teaching of essential writing skills we hope to generate creativity which will enhance personal potential and interests; thus preparing pupils for their chosen fields, whether this is academic or vocational. Through the reading of Literature, we aspire to enlighten pupils, culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually; and instill an enjoyment of the cornerstones of cultural thought.

Geography

"Everything has to do with Geography" Judy Martz . At BHA, we believe that Geography equips pupils with the knowledge and skills to be successful local, national and global citizens. Geography enables pupils to become ‘Successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens’. Through their experience of learning Geography, pupils will be encouraged to develop Geographical knowledge, skills and understanding  that enables them to explain relationships in  the natural, human and physical realms.

History

At BHA we aim for a history curriculum which inspires our students to become inquisitive learners, to be resilient and reflective thinkers, and to develop their understanding of the present by engaging with and questioning the past.  Students will develop the ability to ask relevant questions about the past, to investigate historical debates independently and collaboratively and to make valid historical claims by using a range of sources in their historical context. Essentially, history at BHA strives for all students to understand how far Britain and the wider world has embraced ‘British Values’ and be armed with the skills to be effective, critical and enquiring citizens ready to face the challenges ahead.

Islamic Studies

Our core aim is to provide sound Islamic education through the Islamic Studies curriculum in a caring environment nurturing future generations in becoming confident Muslims prepared for life in modern day Britain. We do this by ensuring we provide a spiritual learning environment modelled on the Sunnah of our beloved Prophet Muhammad S.A.W. This achieved by empowering our students from KS1 through to KS4 to take personal responsibility for themselves, their environment and others in the community – as true flag bearers of the Ummah.

Maths

We aim to educate our pupils with the mathematical skills required to solve everyday arithmetic problems which are essential tools in the journey of life.  Our more able pupils are taught the maths which is required in engineering and in the development of modern Science.  At BHA we also incorporate the history of maths with the desired effect of creating a realisation of the Islamic input by famous Muslim mathematicians in the development of the modern-day number systems currently utilised by the global community.

Physical Education

Through providing a curriculum that is broad and balanced, physical education compliments and supplements the aims of BHA. The curriculum is designed to be enjoyable and equally,  develop and stimulate pupils; physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively. It aims to provide balanced opportunities of learning experiences in games, gymnastics, athletics and outdoor education. Pupils regularly work in group situations. In many areas the emphasis is on competition, where students are encouraged to be cooperative and tolerant of each other in order to achieve their goal. Through performance, pupils are encouraged to recognise the strengths and weaknesses of themselves and others. As pupils’ progress through the BHA they will be encouraged to adopt a positive attitude to activity and healthy living, motivating them to fulfill their sporting potential.

Science

At BHA our desired goal is to link the concepts of modern day Science to the miraculous nature of man, life and the universe with the aim of highlighting the rational proof that with great creation, there has to be a great creator. Moreover, we cover all of the concepts required for the 21st century syllabus which pupils need in order to make progress within the subject.