Secondary Curriculum

We offer outstanding and highly effective teachers and leaders who deliver an innovative curriculum at KS3 and KS4, which is based on the principles of expeditionary, project based, outdoor and experiential learning. The creative melding of these approaches enables our pupils to access a rich and enhanced curriculum:

  • real life immersion experiences, field work and outdoor learning opportunities
  • physical, drama and art therapeutic approaches to learning
  • resilience and character building through service to the community
  • an “ethic of excellence”; encouraging our pupils to produce “beautiful work”
  • learning through head, heart and hands experiences

Our aim is to support each pupil’s smooth and successful transition back into mainstream school. You can read more about our curriculum in our document Olive AP Academy – Thurrock – The Vision and in our entry criteria statement.

At the Olive AP Academy – Thurrock we offer a curriculum that meets the needs of learners in years 7 to 11 that is in line with the offer of local secondary schools. Subjects offered include English, mathematics, science, PE, ICT, business and enterprise studies, humanities, public services, digital media and music technology, personal & social education and cooking.

Pupils in years 10 and 11 have access to alternative provision with a range of providers. This enables each pupil to follow a vocational pathway that is personalised to their future needs. All pupils are provided with the opportunity to gain English and mathematics GCSE or equivalent before leaving the school in year 11. Our KS4 programme aims to prepare pupils for a range of college and work based options at the end of Year 11.

As part of our careers programme, we ensure that pupils in years 8-11 find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities. Pupils will have the opportunity to hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer – through options evenings, assemblies, group discussions and taster events. Our pupils are also shown how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses available to them.

If you would like any further details about the curriculum offered at Olive AP Academy – Thurrock, please email the academy office