Our Curriculum

The TFA Curriculum

We have 5 periods of 60 minutes every day making 25 periods in the week. There is a form period of 15 minutes at the beginning of each morning and a floating Positive Discipline lesson that takes place during a different period every week where students spend the lesson with their form tutor. Break (25 minutes) is between Periods 2 and 3 and lunch (40 minutes) is between Periods 3 and 4. School starts at 8:30am and finishes at 2:50pm.

On three days each year, Years 7-11 have their own Empowerment Days that are specifically designed to cover aspects of PHSCEE that cannot be delivered through other lessons. These days often involve outside agencies and guest speakers and cover issues such as drugs, bullying and careers. All students will attend at least one assembly each week that is well planned and coordinated to support the delivery of social, moral, spiritual and cultural aspects of learning, including the promotion of British values.

Key Stage 3: Years 7, 8 and 9

Year 7 is a transitional year so many lessons are taught in form groups. Art, Drama, Music, Geography, History along with Ethics, Philosophy and Religion are all taught in form groups. Students are taught in banded sets in English, Mathematics and Science, Modern Foreign Languages (French, Spanish or German), ICT/Computer Science, Design and Technology (Product Design, Food Technology and Textiles) and Physical Education. There are three bands, with three forms in each band. Students also take a Modern Foreign Language which is one of French, Spanish or German and this will depend on the form they are in.

Students take their GCSE course options at the end of Year 9.

Key Stage 4: Years 10 and 11

Students now begin their GCSE courses. It is possible that students may be entered for certain examinations in Year 10, however this will only happen if there is a natural extension of the course for Year 11 or a student is likely to achieve an A*and not to enter would hold them back; Year 10 entries are rare. A vast majority of students study both English Language and English Literature, along with Mathematics, Core and Additional Science and Core Physical Education. They then take either a traditional GCSE route or a vocational route.

Pathway 1 is a traditional GCSE route and consists of four options of which at least one must be a language (French, German or Spanish) and one must be either History or Geography (both can be taken). Other new subjects available to them at this stage are: Business Studies, Media Studies, Psychology, Health and Social Care, Computer Science, Statistics, Child Development and Citizenship.

Pathway 2 allows students to take four options of which two options must be GCSE courses and the other two options may either be GCSE or L2 BTEC courses. The BTEC courses available to students include: Art, Hospitality, Performing Arts and ICT.

Pathway 3 provides students with additional support in English and Mathematics, along with a choice between two GCSE option subjects and 2 BTEC option subjects.

All students irrespective of their pathway must study either a humanities subject (History or Geography) or Computer Science. The range of GCSE options is slightly reduced for students taking vocational subjects.

For our Level 1 learners, we offer a separate provision where they are supported and appropriately challenged to meet their full potential. These students still take all the core subjects and a small number of other courses appropriate to their needs and abilities.

What will my child be taught?

All subject areas at The Farnley Academy have Curriculum Maps, which cover five or in certain cases three years. Curriculums have been designed to ensure that all students are fully prepared for the demands of GCSEs and A Levels. Curriculum Leaders started by identifying the key Assessment Objectives contained in the GCSE specifications and mapped backwards to ensure students are introduced to key skills and content during Keys Stage 3. It is also essential in order to promote learning cohesion across Years 7 to 11, thus enabling our young people to make progress over time and systematically develop the knowledge and ability to apply these skills in a range of contexts.

As parents and carers you will be able to see the topics and skills your child is currently working on and also what they will be going onto explore next. If you require any further clarification on how to support your child with these topics please contact Curriculum Leaders by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephoning the academy on 0113 2630741.

As an academy we are also committed to ensuring that our young people are fully exposed to a variety of social, moral, spiritual and cultural aspects of learning (SMSC), including Fundamental British Values (FBV). It is for this reason that such opportunities are highlighted within the Curriculum Maps. Please click on the download link below to view each subjects Curriculum Plan.




Art and Design




Child Development


Design and Technology






EPR Overview






ICT & Computer Science




Media and Film Studies


Modern Foreign Languages








Psychology and Sociology


The Farnley Academy, Chapel Lane, Leeds, LS12 5EU
CALL: 0113 2630741 FAX: 0113 2244093
Email: info@farnley.leeds.sch.uk

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