The curriculum at Warwick Academy allows students to respond positively to opportunities, challenges and responsibilities, whether it is here in Bermuda or in the global employment market. We are committed to providing a demanding and challenging curriculum that develops an appreciation of their own and different beliefs and cultures, and how these influence individuals and societies. We recognise the importance of nurturing a student’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural compass and, in particular, develop principles for distinguishing between right and wrong and encouraging good choices. We do this through our pastoral focus which supports our curriculum model.
An effective curriculum gives teachers, students, parents, employers and the wider community a clear and shared understanding of the skills and knowledge that young people will gain at school. The curriculum makes expectations for learning and attainment explicit to students, parents, teachers, governors, employers and the public, and establishes standards for the performance of all students in the subjects it includes. These standards can be used to set targets for improvement, measure progress towards those targets, and monitor and compare performance between individuals, groups and schools.
The Secondary section is committed to providing a curriculum that promotes an enjoyment and commitment to learning, stimulating the best possible progress and the highest attainment for all students. The curriculum builds on students' strengths, interests and experiences and develops their confidence in their capacity to learn and work independently and collaboratively. Central to this is the development of language, numerical, information and communication technology skills, in addition to developing students’ ability to think critically and rationally.
In Years 7, 8 and 9 students follow the U.K. National Curriculum including a broad selection of subjects building on the foundations laid down in our Primary section. This allows students to experience many subjects prior to having to make decisions on course choices when in Years 10 & 11 for I/GCSE and Years 12 & 13 for the International Baccalaureate.
As students progress through the Secondary section they select the subjects that interest them most and that are required for future careers. Warwick Academy ensures that students always maintain a balanced selection of subjects to keep opportunities open and ensure flexibility in career and university choices as they move through the school.
The Secondary academic programme aims to combine the breadth of academic study with an extra-curricular programme of exceptional range and diversity, providing an exciting counterpoint to academia. In addition to the activity afternoon (built into the school day), all students have the opportunity to participate in our extensive Sport, Drama, Music and Community Service programmes.
Years 7, 8 and 9
All students study: English; Mathematics; French; Spanish; History; Geography; General Science (Year 7 & 8); Specialist Science: Biology, Physics, Chemistry (Year 9); Physical Education; ICT; Art; Music; Drama; Design Technology; Food & Nutrition and Well Being (a home grown course focusing on physical, social, economic and health related topics).
In addition our Specialist Music programme allows students to focus on this talent whilst the other students immerse themselves in our Reading and Citizenship courses. The Activities afternoon is on a Tuesday for these year groups.
Homework in the middle school: Three or four subjects are set each night (Monday to Friday) and are intended to take thirty to forty minutes each.
Years 10 & 11 (International /General Certificate in Secondary Education)
Warwick Academy is accredited by the Cambridge (CIE) and Edexcel boards and students sit 9, 10 or 11 I/GCSEs at the end of Year 11.
Core subjects: (all are studied) English Language; English Literature; Mathematics; French or Spanish; Global Citizenship.
Options: (5 subjects are chosen including at least one Science and one Humanities/Technology subject): Geography; History; Biology; Chemistry; Physics; Art; Graphics; Music; Design Technology; Food & Nutrition; Drama; Physical Education; Business Studies; Computer Science and ICT. There is also an Accelerated Science option allowing students to study the three separate sciences in a condensed timeframe.
The Well Being course continues and broadens to include topics such as First Aid, the local Project Ride bike safety course and study skills. The Activities afternoon moves to a Thursday.
Sixth Form (International Baccalaureate)
Students who gain at least 5 A*-C grades at I/GCSE follow the IB Diploma or Individual Subjects programmes.
Diploma students study six subjects: three at higher level, three at standard level. Students also take a course in the Theory of Knowledge, write an Extended Essay on a subject of their choice, and are assessed in a programme of creativity, action and service. Other educational opportunities for all Sixth Form students are also available including lectures and activities, many of which cover moral and spiritual issues. There are also programmes which support community service, career and university preparation, work experience and SAT preparedness. Activities continue on a Thursday afternoon.
Individual Subject students study 5 or six subjects and have a choice of these at higher or standard level. In addition to this, should there be the interest, we can offer the A-level Physical Education course.