Our Curriculum

At the Acorn Free School our aim is to ensure pupils are able to build their confidence, develop skills and become enthused and engaged with their own learning to ensure they can access the curriculum in a mainstream or further education setting.  The curriculum is designed in way to reflect the required skills and content of our pupil’s mainstream setting. Our small classes and focused teacher allows our learners to achieve in a focused and supported environment.


All pupils attend a whole school assembly focused heavily on developing pupils PSHE skills and British values.


KS3 Curriculum

Our KS3 teaching groups are split into two classes. Both classes access a broad range of core curriculum subjects. Subjects studied by these pupils include Core and Foundation subjects, these include English, Maths, Science, Humanities (Geography, History and R.E.), Citizenship/PSHE, PE, Food Technology, Computing and Art.  Our teaching staff use a range of teaching strategies to keep pupils motivated and engaged in their learning as well as helping pupils to modify their behaviour. Please click below for an overview of our KS3 curriculum for 2018-2019.

KS3 Curriculum 18-19

KS4 Curriculum

Our KS4 students access a core curriculum of English, Maths and Science.  This is taught in line with their examination boards used by their mainstream school. Below are a   Pupils also have access to PSHE, ICT, Food Technology and PE in our academic setting. Pupils have the opportunity to follow a programme in Motor Vehicle Studies that can result in an accredited qualification. Our pupils are also able to access our Careers and Work experience programme


Weekly PSHE Focus

All pupils in school will participate in a daily reflection time after lunch with a specific PSHE focus.  This help our pupils develop their discussion and debating skills as well as giving all students are chance to share their views.  Our focus is often reflective of current affairs that affect our students and the world around them.



Edexcel GCSE Mathematics (9-1)

AQA GCSE Mathematics

OCR GCSE Mathematics (9-1)


English Language and English Literature

AQA GCSE English Language

AQA GCSE English Literature



Edexcel GCSE Combined Science (9-1)

AQA Combined Science Trilogy


In addition to the core subject areas above pupils can achieve the below qualifications at Acorn Free School

IMI Motor Vehicle


Reading Schemes

At Acorn Free School we following the Renaissance Accelerated Reader programme.  This allows pupils to complete an initial Star assessment to find a level range.  Pupils are then encouraged to read on a daily basis during directed class time.  One completion of their book pupils will complete quiz based on the book they have read which will allow them to progress. Accelerated Reader is used in over 40000 schools worldwide and has produced  “particularly positive effects” according to an independent study by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and Durham University.  If you would like more information, please click here.