The vision of the Art Department at Haberdashers' Aske's Crayford Academy is to provide a broad
and enriching curriculum in order to allow pupils to fully experience the different possibilities offered
within the subject. We look at both traditional and contemporary styles of Art and explore skills from
ceramics and new media, to painting and drawing. With the world increasingly communicating in a
visual language we endeavour to develop pupils analytical skills in order to respond to the increasing
demand for creative thinking in the professional world.
GCSE Business Studies is designed for students at secondary school to learn skills for running a
business, such as managing money, advertising and employing staff.
A qualification in Business Studies can lead to a career in accounting, advertising, banking, retail,
management consulting, marketing, research, human resources, a small business, or self-
employment as an entrepreneur.
Computing is the study of how computers and computer systems work and how they are constructed and
programmed. Students will learn how computing & IT tools and applications are used by different
organisations together with an investigation of what applications are available to those organisations.
The applications used could include word-processing, spread sheets, databases, web browsers, and
multimedia packages. Computing is complementary to, but quite different from Information Technology
(IT). IT is about the use of computers and their applications. Computing is about their design and
Design & Technology
Through this selection of subjects the department challenge the student’s ability to design and
manufacture products within constraints such as clients focused projects and possible environmental
Design and technology is an area of study that focuses on planning, designing and creating things
(called "products") which people use.
Drama is a crucial way of developing a student’s communication skills, confidence and self-esteem. At
Haberdashers’ Aske’s Crayford Academy we supply a wide range of opportunities for students to find their
voice in front of an audience. Students explore a variety of genres and performance styles. They work
collaboratively in groups and independently in order to produce performance pieces to be shown to the
class. As a result of peer and student feedback, they are encouraged to continuously evaluate and improve
their work, gaining further confidence along the way.
The Haberdasher’s approach to English - We are at an exciting time of change as a result of the reformed exams
for the new GCSEs. The collaborative work we are currently doing as a Federation means that there are
opportunities for students to have a seamless transition from KS2, KS3, KS4 and KS5. Our curriculum is designed
to build on the skills required for these exams so that our students are fully prepared to apply the skills
required for effective reading, writing and spoken language. We have a mastery approach to teaching and
learning which means that students become highly skilled at specific areas and have opportunities to reflect
and develop. All students are encouraged to do their best in order for them to make exceptional progress.
The school offers enrichment in many subjects for all students in KS3, KS4 and KS5, which students are encouraged participate in.
The study of Geography at KS3 and KS4 will allow you to investigate the earth and its people. You
will study a range of diverse features of the earth such as coastal areas, urban environments,
natural hazards, extreme environments, mountains, rivers and seas. You will become an expert at
map reading, problem solving, creative thinking, data collection and the use of ICT. You will equally
develop your teamwork as well as your independent enquiry skills and acquire an in-depth
understanding of current events from the local to the national and global level. You will gain an
understanding of the cultures and backgrounds of people globally.
In short, geography is up-to-date and relevant as well as an exciting and valuable adventure!
The BTEC Tech Award in Health and Social Care is a new KS4 qualification replacing the old-style BTEC Awards.
It combines both external exams with internal assessment projects and is an essential qualification for
students who are interested in working in a health-related sector or in social care.
Students will have the opportunity to develop a wide range of transferable skills on the course which are
valued by employers, colleges and sixth forms. Topics studied include Human Lifespan Development and
Health and Social Care Services, exploring issues such as rights and responsibilities and effective
We believe that history is not just the study of the past but an essential subject in helping us
to understand what is happening in the world today, and how our future will develop. Even though we live in
an ever changing world our future is clearly connected to events in the past and in particular the events of
the twentieth century which are still shaping our world today. Our aim is to ensure that you are well prepared
for the future and our exciting new course now covers a wide range of historical periods by ensuring that you
understand the journey that the world has taken in the past 1000 years. A focus on British history will ensure
that you fully understand the way our country has developed and the impact history has had on our national
identity, culture and beliefs. Our enthusiastic team provide the support and challenge to pupils and the
resources to excel in leading their learning of the past and its impact on today.
Mathematics is an interconnected subject in which pupils need to be able to move fluently between representations of mathematical ideas. The programme of study for Key Stage 3 is organised into apparently distinct domains, but pupils should build on Key Stage 2 and connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. They should also apply their mathematical knowledge in science, geography, computing and other subjects.
Media Studies is an option discipline incorporating creativity, analytical skills and critical thinking skills which are valued by further education institutions. In order to study Media Studies at KS4 you will need to have a good understanding of a full range ofmedia products including print media (newspapers and magazine), broadcast media (TV, radio and film) whilst also being prepared to pffer creative skills in the construction of a film, a print based product and photography as all coursework briefd centre on these areas. You should also understand the importance of being analytical, self-evalusating and able to demonstrate an understanding of research and planning skills which will also be the focus of the written exam.
At Crayford Academy, we take language learning seriously, and believe that learning a language enables students to gain a strong understanding and appreciation of different cultures, countries and communities. It gives students the skills and confidence to become active participants in a global society. The ability to speak either French or Spanish is highly sought after among UK employers. Both languages open up a variety of future business and leisure opportunities. They share many of the same Latin roots as English, so studying either language helps with English literacy. At KS3, students are given the choice to study French or Spanish but we strongly advise students to continue with the language studied in Primary.
Every child hears music, probably every day. But how much do they know about music? We aim to encourage and develop all students' love of music and learning. The music department wants to further develop every child's abilities and potential whilst encouraging their love of listening to music. We aim to expand their knowledge about different genres of music so they can speak confidently when hearing music as well as encouraging as many students as possible to learn musical instruments. Our excellent departmental facilities include: three teaching classrooms including an Apple Mac room, six individual practice rooms and a fully equipped recording studio.
At Crayford Academy our aim is to provide a fully inclusive and enjoyable Physical Education programme. We seek to promote all aspects of Physical Education and active recreation, and encourage our students to develop physically, personally, socially and morally. We do this va a rich and varied curriculum, which focuses on fundamental skills that are applicable to all sports and activities; and also through the numerous extra-curricular activities that are provided for our students. All pupils are expected to have the correct PE kit, as listed in the Academy handbook, for every PE lesson.
At Crayford Academy, we believe that studying Religion and Philosophy helps pupils to understand and appreciate aspects of cultural difference, context and change while challenging and extending their perceptions of themselves and other people. The subject promotes self-awareness, respect, open-mindedness, appreciation and wonder. Religion and Philosophy also helps pupils develop key skills such as communication, working with others and problem solving. At Crayford Academy, RS is a curriculum entitlement for all pupils.
We are at an exciting time of change as a result of the reformed exams for the new GCSEs. The collaborative work we are currently doing as a Federation means that there are opportunities for students to have a seamless transition from KS2, KS3, KS4 and KS5. Our Science curriculum is designed to build on the skills required for these exams so that our students are fully prepared to apply the skills required for effective experimental work and exam success. There is much greater focus on Core Practicals in Science and this means that students must be to analyse, interpret and evaluate sets of data from a variety of experiments. There is also much greater emphasis on the volume of knowledge that students are expected to retain and we are workign closelywith our studnets to ensure they have the study skills that will enable them to achieve their potential and make good progress.