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Winterbourne Academy

The Olympus Academy Trust is committed to delivering an outstanding education for young people, ensuring that our students have access to the highest standards of teaching, resources and learning opportunities.

We work in close partnership with our schools, ensuring that we facilitate the sharing of best practice and provide access to a wide range of partners and resources for the benefit of our students and the wider community. Visit our website here or follow us on Twitter @olympustrust.


important update

The curriculum is currently being updated for 2019/20 - please check back soon for further details


Winterbourne Academy offers a broad and balanced curriculum across Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and Post-16.

The curriculum/timetable consists of a wide range of subjects, each of which belongs to one of eight Learning Areas:

  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Science
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Humanities
  • The Arts
  • Physical Education
  • Design & Technology.

Students are able to access at least one subject from each of these Learning Areas during Key Stage 3.

GCSE Options take place in Term 3 of Year 9. In Key Stage 4 students follow a Statutory Physical Education and Core (Mathematics, English Language / Literature and Science) curriculum. This is then supplemented by Option Pools with students selecting an additional number of subjects depending on their Science Pathway. Triple Science students are expected to follow the EBACC pathway, with many other students also choosing to do this.

A Foundation Learning Pathway is also available, offering a reduced number of GCSEs and additional Literacy/Numeracy Support for relevant students. At Post-16 there is a wide choice of academic A Level subjects along with some vocational subjects also on offer.

Year 7, 8, 9

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Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10


In Year 10 and Year 11 there is a mixture of core subjects and a wide range of optional subjects.

All students will study:

•English Language and Literature
•Life and Cultural Skills (inc. Sex and Relationships Education, Careers, Cultural Education)

•All students apart from those that are invited to the foundation pathway will study 12 hours a fortnight of Science with a decision on if they will study single sciences (Biology, Chemistry or Physics = 3 GCSEs) or combined sciences (2 GCSEs) made at the end of Year 10

• Green pathway to study the English Baccalaureate (Humanities and MFL included) plus one option
• Yellow pathway is the foundation pathway that is by invite only – this incudes ASDAN COPE qualification and work experience
• Blue pathway for all other students

Years 12 and 13

Post 16 provision at Winterbourne includes a range of academic and diverse courses to suit every student, with a dedicated ICT provision and Sixth Form Library.

Currently over 30 Level 3 subjects are offered, the majority of which are A Level courses, with some BTECs and Technical courses also available for a more practical approach to learning. All students in Year 12 also study the Core Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).

Most students now study 3 A Levels + an EPQ throughout Y12 and Y13, but where appropriate a few choose to study 4 A Level Subjects. All students also have a dedicated 1 hour Tutor Period per fortnight, with this time used for UCAS Support, PSHE delivery etc. The Academy is currently developing its ‘wider’ curriculum opportunities, including Work Experience, Mentoring Younger Students Programme etc.

In 2017 the Academy has developed a partnership, working between ourselves, the Olympus Academy Trust and the local Concorde Post-16 Partnership. This involves some students joining Concorde Partnership groups for some of their lessons.

The Concorde Partnership experience has been carefully designed to provide all students with a well-balanced education, both inside and outside the classroom, studio or laboratory. By working together we can give students a wide range of courses that will not only cater for personal preferences but also provide choices that will serve students well in the future. We are excited about the new developments for the Academy, ensuring high quality provision for all students and drawing on the many strengths the Concorde Partnership offers.