Bristnall Hall Academy, Bristnall Hall Lane
Oldbury, West Midlands B68 9PA

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Bristnall Hall Academy, Bristnall Hall Lane, Oldbury, West Midlands, B68 9PA

Bristnall Hall Academy Curriculum

Click here to view our Curriculum Strategy 2016-2018


Bristnall Hall is an 11-18 Academy which teaches students in three Key Stages according to age.

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Key Stage Age/Year Programme
Three 11-14: Years 7-9 Follow the National Curriculum
Four 14-16: Years 10-11 Complete Level 2 Qualifications predominantly GCSE courses with some Technical BTEC and other recognised qualifications.
Five 16-18: Years 12-13 Complete Level 3 Qualifications predominantly A Level courses with some Technical BTEC and other recognised qualifications.


Key Stage 3

All students follow a three year National Curriculum. The purpose of this curriculum is to build on the education received at Primary School and prepare students for Level 2 qualifications which are chosen at the end of the key stage.

At Key Stage 3 all students follow the Accelerated Reader scheme to rapidly improve their reading ages.

Most students will follow a similar timetable taught in groups which are setted according to ability. Students do not have a choice of courses at this key stage as we feel it is important they receive a broad and balanced education before they specialise. A special emphasis is placed on developing numeracy and literacy skills. Some students may be withdrawn from some subject areas if it is felt they will benefit from numeracy and literacy catch-up sessions.

In addition, students are given the opportunity to participate in enrichment activities aimed to provide opportunities to develop additional skills and attributes. A rich and varied programme of visits and extra-curricular activities is also available as part of the Academy curriculum entitlement.

The Academy operates a two week timetable which includes 28 lessons of 55 minutes, each week. Therefore over the two week cycle a student will attend 56 lessons. They can be broken down as shown in the table below;

Subject Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
English 8 8 8
Mathematics 8 8 8
Science 7 7 7
French or Spanish 5 5 5
Subject Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Geography 5 5 5
History 5 5 5
Religious Studies 1 1 2
Physical Education 4 4 4
Computing 3 3 3
Art 2 2 2
Music 1 1 1
Performing Arts 1 1 1
Technology 4 4 1
PSHE 1 1 2
Accelerated reader (literacy) 1 1


Key Stage 4

In year 10 and 11 students are separated into two ability bands which we call Band E and Band B. Band E includes the majority of learners and Band B includes those students we feel would benefit from receiving additional support to help them to progress.

All students follow a core curriculum of subjects but they are then given the opportunity to choose additional subjects to complete their timetable through an Options process which takes place during year 9.

Subject E Band B Band
English (language and literature) 10 10
Mathematics 10 10
Science *1 10 10
Languages or Technology*2 5 5
History or Geography *3 5 5
Physical Education 3 4
PSHE 1 2
Religious Studies 2 2
OPTION One 5 5
OPTION Two 5 5


*1 Students who choose to study Triple Science as an option will also have the 5 hours allocated to option one.

*2 All students in B Band will do a technology.

*3 Some students in B Band will do Leisure and Tourism as an alternative course.

Students are offered a wide range of option courses to select from. 95% of students receive their option choice a small number do not if there are not enough students opted to make the course viable.


The option choices in 2015 and 2016 were;

GCSE Business Enterprise
GCSE Catering (Food and Nutrition)
BTEC Children’s Play and Development
GCSE Computer Science
GCSE Dance
BTEC Dance
GCSE Film Studies
GCSE Geography
GCSE Graphics
GCSE Health and Social Care
BTEC Health and Social Care
GCSE History
GCSE iMedia (Creative)
GCSE Music
BTEC Music
BTEC Physical Education (Sport)
GCSE Resistant Materials
GCSE Sociology
GCSE Fashion and Textiles
GCSE Triple Science


GCSE Catering (Food and Nutrition)
GCSE Graphics
GCSE Resistant Materials
GCSE Fashion and Textiles
Click here for 2016 Key Stage 4 Options

Some students will take the additional qualifications GCSE Citizenship, BCS ECDL in Computer Use

Key Stage 5

We run a small sixth form  in order to provide a quality experience for the students.  The Curriculum is demand driven and designed around student choice. The majority of students will follow three A Level courses each allocated eleven lessons of teaching time over the two week timetable. They are then encouraged to develop their wider skills in the remaining time through our enrichment programme

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