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New curriculum at Beckmead Moundwood Academy in Harlow prepares students for successful futures

Education: Secondary / Fri 9th Apr 2021 at 08:36am


STUDENTS at Beckmead Moundwood Academy in Harlow are set for bright futures after the school introduced a new curriculum designed to give them the best chance to succeed.

The school, formerly known as TBAP Aspire Academy, joined The Beckmead Trust, in May 2020 following an Ofsted report which placed it in Special Measures.

The Beckmead Trust provides for children and young people with complex needs, and runs schools rated Outstanding by Ofsted in Croydon, south London, as well as in Brent, west London, and in Hailsham, East Sussex. Since taking on Moundwood, Trust and school leaders and staff have undertaken a strong improvement programme to ensure the students there receive the best education and care possible.

The journey of transformation includes the introduction of a new curriculum and new qualifications designed to help prepare students for successful futures, as well as a wide range of extra-curricular activities.

Previously, the school offered subjects such as History and Geography, but to support stronger engagement by students, Beckmead has introduced a range of new skills-based subjects including Food Technology, Music Technology and ICT, alongside core subjects including Maths, English and Science.

Andre Genas, the Headteacher of Beckmead Moundwood Academy, said that the new curriculum and set of subjects had raised engagement and given students the foundations to gain relevant qualifications which will prepare them for work after school. Food Technology, Music Technology and ICT are now accredited at the academy and students can work toward earning their Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications at the academy.

Pupils also now have the opportunity to further their learning in these subjects through the new extra-curricular activities on offer at Moundwood Academy. Pupils can attend a range of after-school clubs, from sports clubs to cookery classes, so they develop their knowledge and skills outside the classroom.

Andre Genas, Headteacher at Moundwood Academy, said:

“Implementing our new curriculum and introducing new subjects will be transformational for our students and really set them on course for successful futures. Already we have seen how engaged and enthusiastic our students are about their learning, attendance is up and most importantly their self-esteem and confidence are higher.

“Making sure we are providing practical courses alongside core subjects is so important for our students and for the types of jobs they want to have after school. Our job is to make sure we are providing students with high-quality teaching in subjects that mean they have the skills and knowledge to have successful careers and bright futures.”

Dr Jonty Clark OBE, CEO of The Beckmead Trust, said:

“We are really pleased with the progress being made at Beckmead Moundwood Academy. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of Andre and his fantastic team, students are really enjoying the new curriculum. This is both building their confidence and setting them up to achieve as they progress on to college, apprenticeships and their careers.”

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