Curriculum Introduction


At Salford City Academy our curriculum intent aims to provide an excellent education for all our students; one that brings out the best in all students and prepares them for future successes in life. Our curriculum aim is to create a high achievement culture, based on the acquisition of 'powerful knowledge' for which all students will emerge better equipped to pursue exciting career choices and participate in a democratic society.

Our curriculum will liberate and empower. It will provide students with the confidence to understand and shape the world around them, to be active and economically self-sufficient citizens, and to ‘enter into the conversation of mankind.’ (Michael Oakeshott).

In order to help students, achieve their full potential we have developed a knowledge-rich curriculum that is cohesive, cumulative and highly sequenced. It is academic, rigorous and challenging. It has been designed with long-term memory in mind; students’ knowledge, skills and understanding are cemented by frequent and systematic revisiting.

The curriculum is progressive in quality and quantity across the years and key stages and mapped in precise detail. This ensures consistency and a shared understanding of high learning expectations. 

Salford City Academy is part of the United Learning group. Our curriculum is underpinned by the ‘Framework for Excellence’ that is at the heart of everything we do a United Learning. It sets out the key principles that we believe are vital to an excellent education for all children and young people. These principles are embedded through each key stage of the curriculum at Salford City Academy.


• Entitlement: All students have the right to learn what is in the Salford City Academy curriculum.

 • Coherence: Taking the National Curriculum as its starting point, our curriculum is carefully sequenced so that powerful knowledge builds term by term and year by year. We make meaningful connections within subjects and between subjects. 

• Mastery: We ensure that foundational knowledge, skills and concepts are secure before moving on. Students revisit prior learning and apply their understanding in new contexts.

 • Adaptability: The core content – the 'what' – of the curriculum is stable, but we bring it to life in our local context, and teachers adapt lessons – the 'how' – to meet the needs of their own classes. 

• Representation: All students see themselves in our curriculum, and our curriculum takes all students beyond their immediate experience. 

• Education with Character: Our curriculum is intended to spark curiosity and to nourish both the head and heart. It includes the taught subject timetable as well as spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, our co-curricular provision and the ethos and ‘hidden curriculum’ of the school.


The following sections provide an overview of the subjects taught at each key stage.

Please visit each curriculum page for a full description of the programmes of study for each year group across each subject area.

If you have any further questions about the Curriculum at SCA, click here to contact Mr Scott Bowie, Assistant Principal Curriculum and Outcomes.

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