Our curriculum

Our approach

Inspiring, active purposeful learning. We offer a broad and ambitious curriculum delivered using project-based learning.

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Our curriculum offer and the qualifications students can achieve at OA-Cam

The curriculum we offer at our academy gives students:

  • real-world learning experiences
  • access to outstanding teaching
  • rigorous and high-quality critique and feedback on their work
  • the opportunity to develop dynamic leadership skills
  • a culture of respect.

We encourage students to recognise their personal learning journey and take pride in their achievements. We focus on helping students to link their learning to everyday life.

We work in partnership with parents and carers to ensure that we create a tailored package of support to best meet the needs of each child and young person at our academy.

Olive Academies supports children and young people for whom traditional teaching methods have not worked.

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Our curriculum approach

Our approach is to enable students to re-engage with learning, broaden their outlook and help them see a future for themselves, and develop the character skills that will enable them to be successful.

Our curriculum therefore has three areas of focus:

Core academic subjects – our students study English, Maths and Science to GCSE level, and have access to a range of qualifications necessary for college or apprenticeships. Our subject curricula build the specialist knowledge and skills needed not only for exam success, but also for adult life. Where appropriate, students may also take GCSEs in Statistics and English Literature.

Vocational subjects – in order to build knowledge of the opportunities available post-16, our students follow a range of BTEC courses, giving an insight into different employment areas, employability skills and the process of applying for their next step. The core units focus on careers and college research, progression planning and employability skills such as personal organisation. Students have the opportunity to spend a day a week at providers such as the British Racing School, Cambridge Rugby Club and the Gauntlet Auto Project to gain experience for these qualifications.

Personal Development – in order to build character skills that will enable students to make a successful transition, we have a strong Outdoor Education programme, and once a week students spend a day challenging themselves and working together in different situations. This is supported by a comprehensive PSHE/RSE programme to teach students the knowledge they need to make informed choices related to their emotional and physical wellbeing, and to prepare for a greater degree of independence.


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Students work towards qualifications during their time at our academy - including GCSEs, NVQs, Arts Award and more. Find out more about our students' results.

For more information about our curriculum, please contact Bronson Forshaw via the school office.

All our Year 11 students are provided with support to secure places in further education, colleges or apprenticeships. Find out more about the careers advice and support we offer young people.