Our curriculum

Our curriculum approach

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Our curriculum offer booklet is given to all parents and carers and student when they arrive at the academy.

For more information about our curriculum please contact Anna Timms, Deputy Headteacher, via the school office.

Our curriculum and intent

The curriculum we offer at our academy gives students:

  • real-world learning experiences
  • access to outstanding teaching
  • rigorous and high-quality critique and feedback on their work
  • the opportunity to develop dynamic leadership skills
  • a culture of respect.

We encourage students to recognise their personal learning journey and take pride in their achievements. We focus on helping students to link their learning to everyday life.

At Olive AP Academy - Thurrock, every student will have the foundations laid for rebuilding faith in education, through an inclusive and personalised curriculum, taught by excellent highly qualified teachers. By providing a safe and engaging environment, we work to remove barriers and give students chances to excel.

We encourage our students to take responsibility for their own learning, teaching them to be resilient, show determination, be reflective and show conviction in overcoming set-backs to achieve their goals.

Our curriculum is underpinned by our core Olive values:


Schemes of learning across all pathways provide students with the opportunity to develop literacy and numeracy skills. A range of enrichment opportunities will be provided for all students, in the form of school trips, in-school events and varied extra-curricular activities.


Students fully immerse themselves in the wider life of the academy, engaging in activities that both help build positive relationships and take students out of their comfort zone.


Our Personal Social Health and Relationship Education (PSHRE) curriculum supports students to thrive as healthy individuals, and builds understanding of how to keep themselves safe both in the real world and online. This is delivered in dedicated PSHRE lessons as well as during coaching time sessions and weekly assemblies.

Opportunities are provided to develop students’ resilience in a supportive setting: a dedicated pastoral team, in-school counsellors and coaches provide bespoke support to students as and when needed.

A wide range of leadership positions are provided to all of our students, who are encouraged to apply for such roles as Head Boy/Girl, the Junior Leadership Team, Anti-Bullying Champions and Learning Ambassadors.


All Olive students will be well-informed and prepared to take the next steps in their education, employment or training. Our students will gain the cultural capital to ensure they are well-rounded, well-informed individuals who have been provided with the same cultural opportunities as their peers from a wide range of educational backgrounds.

Students at Olive will be equipped with the vital life skills required to flourish and thrive in adult life.


All students will be offered a broad, balanced and ambitious curriculum. At Key Stage Four, students will have the opportunity to study options subjects as well as a range of creative and vocational qualifications. At Key Stage Three, students will be provided with a curriculum offer which aligns with the National Curriculum.

Working closely with our local primary and secondary schools, our curriculum builds on the knowledge students gain at Key Stage Two and helps prepare them appropriately for post-16 study or training.

Regular learning walks ensure the quality of teaching provided to students remains at an excellent standard, with a robust programme of continuous professional development for our teachers so they can constantly improve their practice.

Our curriculum is appropriately planned and sequenced, allowing for students to transfer knowledge into their long-term memory over time by regularly returning to, but constantly building upon, their prior knowledge.

Ongoing and regular assessment, both formative and summative, ensures teachers closely track students’ progress, are aware of any gaps in understanding and adapt their teaching appropriately. Our assessment and feedback procedures maximise student progress without unnecessary workload for teachers.


A well designed and well sequenced curriculum ensures that Olive AP Academy - Thurrock students are well supported to go onto future success. Some of the ways that we measure this impact include:

  • GCSE and other Level 2 qualifications results
  • Vocational qualifications results
  • Post-16 destinations - we work hard to make sure no Olive Thurrock student becomes NEET (Not in Education, Employment or training) after Year 11
  • Future careers destinations, including universities and employers
  • Key Stage Three will gain qualifications that support their learning

All our Year 11 students are provided with support to secure places in further education, colleges or apprenticeships. Find out more about the careers advice and support we offer young people here.