Our 4 Key Values which Underpin our Vision

DEDICATION - We strive to do our best!

Everyone has high expectations of themselves and others and their learning is active to grasp every opportunity possible. Daily reflection allows pupils and teachers to plan and strive for improvement. Pupils’ individual skills are developed giving them the confidence to aim high.

ASPIRATION - We achieve success!

Achievement is constantly recognised and celebrated. Everyone is clear about their next steps to success. Key skills within the curriculum allow pupils to prepare for their future. We aim for consistently high standards of teaching and learning for excellent progress.

CO-OPERATION - We work together as a team!

Parents and carers are involved in the life of the school and community. Our surrounding community offers us a variety of learning opportunities across the curriculum and we are committed to helping and supporting one another. Throughout the school community, everyone communicates clearly and calmly, and behaviour is consistently good and better.

INSPIRATION - We are excited about our learning!

Everyone has equal access to rich learning opportunities. High level of challenges motivates and develop thinking skills. The school environment gives learning real context and develops imagination. Learning is enjoyable and children want to attend school.


Our Curriculum ETHOS

South Kirkby Academy’s curriculum is rooted in the lives of our pupils and their community, in order to promote learning through personality, talent, mental and physical development.  Our curriculum includes not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum, but also exciting and stimulating extra-curricular activities to ensure creativity, breadth, challenge and balance. 

South Kirkby is an ex coal mining village, located in the South East corner of Wakefield and central to both rural and urban land use.  The wider school curriculum takes place both in and through this community to make learning relevant and meet the needs and interests of our pupils and their families within South Kirkby. 

Our curriculum prepares pupils for life in modern Britain through building the characteristics of resilience and self-regulation, key competencies needed to boldly face the challenges within an ever changing and ever complex society. 

Learning through a local, national and international lens, ensures our pupils curiosity is ignited, minds are broadened, and their lives are enriched.  Core knowledge is the driver from which our teachers design inspirational learning sequences to develop pupil’s knowledge, understanding and skills to navigate their world critically and with increasing confidence.

Our school vision and values are at the core of everything we do.  Our teachers are caring, holistic and dedicated in promoting human values through weaving social and emotional learning into our core and wider curriculum.  Learning is carefully designed to foster well-being and support every child to reach their full potential and ensure they are prepared for the next stage in their school journey. 

Communication and co-operation are also essential aspects of learning.   Working with others in a variety of roles and contexts ensures our pupils build self-awareness and empathy for others within and beyond the school community.  Effective communication is at the heart of our curriculum.  Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening are core competencies needed to prepare our pupils as lifelong learners and leaders of the future. These competencies not only enable our pupils to learn with more confidence and agility, but also enable them to learn from and alongside others within a socially complex society. 


Our Curriculum Intent


At South Kirkby Academy our curriculum is designed through sequences of learning which start in the planning stage with a desired outcome.  For children to reach the desired outcome successfully, our teachers plan in small steps of progression taking into consideration the children’s prior learning and building the knowledge and skills needed as life-long learners. Our learning is also designed to help our children retain core knowledge and skills, through making connections across the curriculum and through the world they live in.   Applying learning through a variety of contexts enables our children to retain knowledge and develop skills independently, and with real purpose for their lives as global citizens of the future. Our schemes of learning are not only underpinned by the teaching of basic skills, but also include key enquiry questions to engage learning, promote critical thinking and deepen learning.


Our Curriculum Impact

Across our academy trust, we use regular and robust triangulated monitoring to evaluate the impact of our curriculum design. Leaders at all levels review-learning, talk with our children and provide feedback to move practice forward.

We ensure that our children’s attainment and progress are in line or exceeding their potential. We measure this using national data (where appropriate), our curriculum schemes of learning, KPI documents and monitoring evidence.

Our curriculum ensures that we develop well-rounded global citizens with a clear understanding of their identify and that of others.  Our curriculum addresses negative stereotyping through investigating similarities and differences, and promoting acceptance, diversity, citizenship and human rights.

Learning dispositions are developed, leading to success both now and in the future.  Children demonstrate greater levels of resilience and motivation, and a growth mind set when faced with different types of challenge.  They develop attitudes and dispositions to make a positive contribution to the world. Our daily interactions provide a regular check on this and success across the wider areas of the curriculum reflect this.


If you require any further information about our curriculum at SKA, please contact a member of the SLT through the school telephone number below or by email: office@skacademy.org.uk

South Kirkby, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, WF9 3DP

01977 643187