Director of English - Mrs L Brown
Teachers of English– Miss H Wallace (2nd in Faculty), Miss S Deakin and Mrs L Pritchard
The English Team are roomed in close proximity to one another in the school building. This allows the staff to work very effectively as a team.
At Key Stage 4, all students study the new AQA 9-1 GCSE English and English Literature course.
The Key Stage 3 curriculum allows students to develop their reading, writing, and speaking and listening skills by undertaking a series of thematic and skills-based units throughout each year. All students in Years 7, 8 and 9 have a fortnightly library lesson and follow a “Rooted in Reading” scheme that encourages wider personal reading and rewards them for reflecting upon what they have read. In addition, students who are still struggling to make sufficient progress with their reading are buddied up with reading mentors and spend one registration period a week developing their skills. We have a whole Academy literacy policy in place which requires all staff to actively teach for literacy across the curriculum.
Director of Maths – Mrs K Freeman
Teachers of Maths – Miss N Warren, Mrs S Dos Santos, Miss S Hewart, Mr K Taylor and Mrs K Malik
It is essential that we support our students by developing their mathematical and numerical skills to allow them to achieve their potential in their GCSE examinations. Achieving a good GCSE grade in maths opens many doors to future career choices, and increasingly more and more employers are raising their entrance requirements to include a grade 5 or above in GCSE Maths.
In recent years, the maths faculty has developed a more problem-solving approach to learning the subject as many students find it difficult to transfer simple ideas to different contexts. There is also now a renewed emphasis on basic numeracy and mental maths.
In addition to the work done in maths lessons, weekly activities are undertaken in tutor time to support the development of numeracy skills. This is often in the form of puzzles and quizzes and students can work individually or collaboratively in engaging and enjoyable activities but at the same time developing their numerical skills.
To support their studies, we ask that parents provide their child with some basic equipment so that our students can access all maths topics. This includes:
- A scientific calculator
- A set of compasses
- A 30cm ruler
- A protractor
Director of Science – Mr B Trinham
Teachers of Science – Miss C Isaac, Mrs A Rowland, Mrs J Straw, Miss J Berkers, and Miss A Qamar
Science Technician - Mr A Clamp
The Science department is based in five laboratories and the team is comprised of fully qualified biologists, chemists and physicists to ensure we can meet the needs of our students.
The KS4 curriculum used to be very diverse ensuring that all students were able to access an appropriate course. Students who want to go on to study sciences at A level and beyond have the opportunity to take three separate sciences. Those students who prefer an approach which is more coursework and research based were able to study via the BTEC route. This is no longer an option due to government interferences and need for progress 8 scores. The courses now available are the three separate sciences and a double award science.
The team is also ably supported by an Academic Mentor who works predominantly in the science area with students who require some more specific interventions.
Selected students have the opportunity to be Science Leaders. This year they are chosen from a KS3 group and a KS4 group. These students will form the basis of the science council which gives the department a student voice.
Director of World Studies - Mr P Phelan
Teacher of Geography - Mr R Stone, Mrs C James
Teacher of History - Miss L Senior & Miss M Starkey
MFL Teacher - Mrs P Saddington
MFL Subject Leader - Miss S Mays
RE and PSHE Subject Leader - Mrs N Kiraly
The World Studies department brings together the EBACC subjects of Modern Foreign Languages, History, Geography and RE.
In MFL we currently offer two European languages, French and Spanish which are taught by two specialist Modern Foreign Language teachers. Our aim is to equip students with the skills and confidence they will need to communicate effectively in another language.
In Humanities, students study both Geography and History up to Year 9 and have the option of specialising in one at GCSE or continuing with both. Lessons cover a range of topics at KS3 from map skills and climate zones in Geography through to the Battle of Hastings and the crimes of Jack the Ripper in History.
The Principal aim of RE at Granville Academy is to enable students to participate in an on-going search for wisdom, through exploring questions raised by human experience and answers offered by the religions and beliefs of the people of Derbyshire and the wider community, so as to promote their personal development.
All students are encouraged to attend one of our many educational visits to enhance their learning. These include day trips to London, local castles and museums as well as residential visits to Castleton, France, the WW1 battlefields or Spain.
Technology & Computing
Director of Technology- Mr S Edwards
DT/ICT Teacher: Mr C Wilson
ICT Teachers - Mr P Marshall
Textiles Teacher - Ms Broadhurst
ICT and Business Studies Teacher - Mrs S Wright
Food Teacher: Miss M Robinson
DT Technician – Mr A Dineley
At Key stage 3, all students participate in Resistant Materials, Graphics, Food and Textiles, developing a range of different skills. In studying all aspects of Design & Technology, students can combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking, to design and make products and systems that meet human needs. They learn to use current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments. They also learn to think creatively and intervene to improve the quality of life, solving problems as individuals and members of a team. Through Design &Technology, students develop confidence in using practical skills and become discriminating users of products. They apply their creative thinking and learn to innovate.
CAD/CAM technology allows students to experience the way in which design is undertaken in industry. This has definitely enhanced the quality of the products which they create. The department uses a variety of software ranging from Techsoft 2D Design to Solidworks.
At KS4 students have the opportunity to further develop their skills with the new GCSE Design Technology course which encompasses the skills and theory Resistant Materials, Textiles and Graphics. The course has a coursework component that accounts for 50% and an end of year examination.
GCSE Food and Nutrition offers the students the opportunity to further develop their skills and understanding with practical and theoretical inputs. Students will complete two assessments in Year 11, one being science based and a practical based assessment as well as an end of year examination. Students are also encouraged to join the Academy's events team who gain valuable experience by providing catering and refreshments at school events.
Computing and Business
The computing curriculum offers the students a wider experience and understanding of both computer programming and computer applications. As a faculty, we aim to continually improve the challenging curriculum to ensure it meets the needs of all students and provides an interesting and exciting experience.
Through Years 7 and 8, students develop their skills in a range of ICT applications before experiencing more focused sessions in Business Studies, and Computer Science in Year 9. This will enable them to make informed choices for their GCSE options.
At key stage 4, we offer GCSE Business Studies. This includes coursework components that are completed in the Academy as well as end-of-year exam. OCR GCSE Computing from OCR is proving to be an engaging subject for those who wish to choose a different path which is more focused on programming languages and how a computer works. Again, this includes coursework completed in the Academy, as well as an end-of-year exam.
There is also the opportunity at Key Stage 4 to become an ICT prefect, helping out with extra-curricular clubs during lunch times and taking extra responsibilities with helping younger year groups with classwork.
Health and PE
Director of Health & PE - Miss J price
Teachers of PE - Mr C Gell and Mr J Goddard, Mr S Friswell
Teacher of Citizenship, Character and Well-being – Mrs K Brickley
PE, Sport and Dance is a very strong feature of the curriculum at Granville. We have maintained a two hour core entitlement for PE, unlike many other schools that have reduced their PE and Sport provision. We offer a range of traditional competitive sports such as football and netball and also have the benefit of a fitness suite and a dance studio.
We run lessons using the sport education model and encourage all students to participate in every session. If a student is not able to join in for medical reasons then they are expected to contribute in some way, for example by giving feedback on other students’ performance, scoring games or officiating in small game situation.
Leadership is now a strength across the Academy but had its beginnings in PE through the Sports Leadership qualification which a huge number of our older students now take.
Our sports leaders are also involved with the primary schools, supporting after school clubs as well as planning and delivering an annual Mini Olympics festival. Thanks to Mrs Brickley and Miss Barker, Dance has developed rapidly at Granville. We now have a number of different groups who train on a weekly basis and give regular performances at different venues. We host an annual dance festival and enter several different acts in the Dance in the Forest open air performance at Rosliston Forestry centre. Our girls and boys have won a number of prestigious competitions as we go from strength to strength.
Unlike a lot of other schools who run Citizenship or PSHCEE Education through form time, we believe that these important subjects are best delivered by subject experts who have had training in the sometimes difficult and sensitive issues that are discussed in these lessons.
Therefore, we run Citizenship, Character and Well-being where students have a variety of different experiences. Some of the important messages are delivered through external theatre companies who come into the Academy. Other sessions have been run by the prison service, police and the school nurse team. We agree with the change in emphasis from SRE to RSE (Sex and Relationship Education to Relationship and Sex Education) that the new Derbyshire framework has proposed because we are working hard to support students in developing respect for their own and others’ bodies and right to privacy.
Health & Social Care Cambridge National qualification levels 1 & 2 are offered as an option at KS4. This subject looks at working in a care environment with young children, the elderly and people with disabilities. Students often go on to study Health & Social Care level 3 at college and pursue careers in the care sector.
Director of creative Arts - Miss J Price
Teacher of Music - Mr D Jackson
Teacher of Art – Miss T Shearer
Teacher of Drama - Mr S Jolley
We are passionate about the Arts at Granville and as such, they form a central part of our broad and balanced curriculum. We believe that studying Arts subjects enriches student’s lives and provides opportunities for them to develop essential skills such as creativity, empathy, self -confidence, as well as encouraging them to think about and connect more deeply with the world around them.
The Creative Arts Faculty is staffed by specialist teachers in Music, Art and Drama. We have a drama studio, green room, bespoke music room, art room and school stage on which we host a variety of musical and theatrical productions. Extra-curricular productions are a strong feature of the Arts team work. There is an annual Year 7 show in which all our new school students are encouraged to perform. The show is always full of slapstick humour and a mixture of solo and group musical pieces. The GCSE Drama group put on performances on a regular basis and also take part in trips to the theatre to support their curriculum work.
Student leaders run a drama group at lunchtimes with Mr Jolley’s guidance, whilst the opportunities in Music are almost endless. The Music room throngs with young people every break and lunch time. Students are able to join in singing groups, the brass band, the guitar club, Musical Theatre Society and so on. The peripatetic music service also supports a wide range of music lessons that parents can pay for.
The Art room is always open for students to develop their work and skills. Miss Shearer runs visits to art galleries and regularly encourages students to enter competitions.