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Key Principles

Our curriculum is designed to underpin our school ethos and values, giving all students the opportunity to learn about themselves and their relationships with others by working hard, being kind and respecting each other.

• Our curriculum is designed to be broad and balanced and to give our students the best opportunities in later life. It is underpinned by our belief in the limitless potential of our students and to create confident learners who thrive can in a changing world
• To ensure that students are best prepared for national examinations and the increasing academic demands of terminal examinations
• To provide continuity and progression between the key stages
• To provide a coherent programme of personal, health, social and economic education that prepare or students for the challenges life presents
• To provide engagement and enrichment
• To provide expert, up-to-date careers guidance that is presented impartially and gives our students access to the best information available to schools
• To promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs (paying particular regard to the Equalities Act, 2010)
• To develop and maintain the highest standards of literacy and numeracy across the curriculum so that students have essential skills for life.

Key Stage 3

Our KS3 Curriculum is designed to provide a broad and balanced knowledge and skills base across a wide range of subjects. The curriculum aims for students to enjoy learning and develop the attitudes, understanding, skills and confidence to thrive in a changing world. 

Key Stage 4

Pathways are introduced at Key Stage 4 to ensure that students continue to follow a broad and balanced curriculum that is suited to their individual needs. We aspire for every student to complete Year 11 with the best set of GCSE/Level 2 qualifications to take them on to their next stage of learning, whether this is post-16 study, employment or training.

Enrichment and Learning beyond the classroom.
We believe that learning takes place everywhere. School life is therefore enriched by a range of extracurricular activities. A broad spectrum of sporting, musical, scientific and other activities are offered. Students enjoy success in an impressive range of creative and sporting activities throughout their school life. Travel and residential trips are also an integral part of broadening students’ experience. We offer trips to a wide range of destinations including, Berlin (History), Barcelona (BS and MFL), the World War I battlefields (History), New York (Drama) and various locations as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

Pathways Letter

Pathway 1 Handbook

Pathway 2 Handbook

Key Stage 5

We offer a wide range of A Level and Level 3 qualifications in our sixth form. In addition we offer a comprehensive package of extra-curricular activities including sport, theatre, music, community activities. We ask all our students to make a contribution to the school, local or international community, for example providing reading or mentoring support for younger students and leading on charity work and as a result, they are seen as leaders by younger students in school. Throughout their time in the Sixth Form, our students are given high quality, ongoing academic and personal support by a team of committed and dedicated staff. The curriculum is also enriched by the provision of the Young Enterprise scheme, university visits, visiting speakers and presentations from further and higher education providers, local employers, Gap Year project providers and other CEIAG relating to life outside and beyond the sixth form. The Maddog Rugby Academy also offers high-attaining sportsmen the opportunity to develop their rugby skills and provides alternative progression routes into a range of sporting environment.

Our Sixth Form Handbook


Please see the separate page about our cross curricular ACORNS days.

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BTEC at Melksham Oak

BTEC’s are courses that develop a broad range of skills in job related areas. They are practical programmes and highly valued by employers and colleges.

The BTEC is around 80% coursework based and around 20% will be examination. Each BTEC is made up of a number of units. Some units are mandatory and some optional. In order to achieve each unit, your assignments have to show achievement against a set of outcomes.

More BTEC information for students and parents can be found in

BTEC Centre Handbook

Melksham Oak Student Handbook


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