The Cheadle Academy

16-19 Planning and Delivery

Area of Study Programme

How TCA 16-19 curriculum meets it

Substantial academic, applied or vocational qualifications that stretch students and prepare them for education at the next level or to employment.


·         All students follow 3 Level 3 courses, based on their academic needs. This could be all A Levels or a combination of BTEC and A Levels.

·         Most able have the opportunity to pick up a fourth A Level.

·         Introduction of the EPQ for most able in Year 13.

English and maths where students have not yet achieved a GCSE grade 4 (reformed grading) or grade C (legacy grading).

·         If students have achieved a grade 3 then they resit GCSE Maths or English Language.

·         If students have achieved a grade 2 then they sit Functional Skills Level 2, which is an equivalent qualification.

Work experience to give young people the opportunity to develop their career choices and to apply their skills in real working conditions.

·         We work with a company called ‘Changing Education’ to provide all Year 12 students a one-week placement.

·         Students complete ASDAN units on preparing for work.

·         Students attend the National Careers and Apprenticeship Fair every October.

·         All students have mentor meetings to discuss progress and future intentions.

Non-qualification activity to develop students’ character, skills, attitudes and confidence, and to support progression.

·         Students in Year 12 complete the Lions Young Leaders in Service Award which requires between 25 (bronze) and 100 (gold) hours of voluntary work.

·         We have developed strong links with the Douglas Macmillan Hospice and have raised substantial amounts of money this year for them.

·         Team building days are offered as part of the induction programme.

·         Students follow ASDAN units as part of their tutor programme on issues such as sex education, finances and moving on from college.

·         All students attend a fortnightly assembly programme.

·         Outside visitors often deliver in tutor time. Examples have included Dementia Friendly, Cancer Research, Douglas Macmillan, Keele University, Staffordshire University and Higher Horizons.