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Curriculum and Pastoral

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

The students at the Academy follow a broad and balanced curriculum at Key Stage 3. The timetable is divided into a 25 period week. The week consists of;

  • Mathematics – 4 hours
  • English – 4 hours
  • Science – 4 hours
  • Technology – 2 hours
  • Humanities – 4 hours
  • PE – 2 hours
  • Performing arts – 2 hours
  • Modern Foreign Languages – 2 hours
  • ICT – 1 hour

The Mathematics, English and Science curriculum follows the national curriculum.

The cross curricular themes of Citizenship, Personal, Social, Heath and Enterprise education is mapped across the curriculum and delivered in bespoke modules through the Hometeam programme. Our curriculum is designed around our vision our creating young adults who display the following characteristics;

  • Employable
  • Ambitious for themselves, others and their community
  • Adaptable and flexible learner
  • Spiritually and emotionally intelligent
  • Resilient
  • Courteous
  • Open minded
  • Understand and believe they will make a difference

If you require any further information regarding the curriculum please contact us on 01274 302400.


At Bradford Forster Academy, we pride ourselves in providing excellent pastoral care for our pupils. Children thrive best when they feel happy, safe and secure – regardless of their age – and we work with parents to teach them good manners and respect for each other.

Our small class and Hometeam group sizes mean that we can deliver very personal care to our pupils. Everyone is recognised and known, teachers work together to ensure that pupils are correctly supported, and we encourage a real sense of community that many families feel extends well beyond our gates.

Throughout our academy, our pastoral care is centred on Houses.  We are a co-educational school and strongly believe that, as far as practically possible, boys and girls should be educated together.  So, all of our houses are mixed; our classes and Hometeam groups are also mixed. At Bradford Forster Academy we have four houses:

  • Hockney
  • Moorhouse
  • Oastler
  • Salt

In each house there are two Hometeams per year group. This system enables a well-structured pastoral structure in which every child has a Learning Guide to share their achievements and concerns with. Our Learning Guides see their Hometeam on a daily basis, getting to know each person as an individual whilst providing them with support and nurture.

We have a Pastoral Manager, led by the Assistant Principal – Student Support, to oversee the running of all pastoral interventions throughout the academy. The pastoral team work alongside the SENCO to provide excellent pastoral care.

The key to maintaining that atmosphere is in ensuring that all relationships at Bradford Forster Academy are based on mutual respect. We expect high standards of behaviour, founded on our student characteristics, combined with genuine concern and compassion for others. Underlying all of this is the shared responsibility for the wellbeing of the pupils at Bradford Forster Academy.  All the innumerable points of contact – in the classroom, in the corridor, on the games field etc. combine to establish their happiness, success and academic progress.

If you feel you would like to speak to a member of staff regarding a pastoral issue please make an appointment with your child’s Learning Guide in the first instance.  Appointments can also be made with Mr Russell (Pastoral Manager). Please contact the office on 01274 302400.


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Student Musical – Auditions Auditions for the Bradford Forster Academy musical ‘Back to the 80’s’ will be held on Tuesday 12th September and Thursday 14th September between 3.00 and 4.15pm. The auditions are open to all students – no experience necessary! The students will be…

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Our new term sees new extra-curricular Enrichment activities on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays from 3.00-4.00pm (with the exception of Show Rehearsals which runs 3pm – 4:30pm). These sessions are a fantastic opportunity for our pupils to enjoy a range of different and perhaps new areas…

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Dates for your Diary

Upcoming Events 2017 – 18 AUTUMN TERM Academy re-opens for Year 7 students           Tuesday 5th September 2017 Academy re-opens for Year 8 students           Wednesday 6th September 2017 School Musical Auditions                 …

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Letters Home

Please find below some of the letters that were posted home or sent home with students. If you have any queries or require a paper copy of any of these letters please contact the office on 01274 302400. Letters 19.09.17 E-Safety Event 12.9.17 Enrichment Cycle…

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