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 allows our learners to achieve in a focused and supported environment.

Every student begins their day with a Key Stage breakfast followed by time with their keyworker. During this time, huge emphasis is placed on Life Skills and their own Personal Development; both rooted in British Values

KS3 Curriculum

Our Key Stage 3 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 here for an overview of our KS3 curriculum for 2019-2020.

KS4 Curriculum

At Key Stage 4, students access the core curriculum of Mathematics, English Language and English Literature. There are also two vocational offers: IMI Carrying Out Periodic Vehicle Maintenance and Inspection and AQA Food Preparation and Nutrition

Work experience opportunities are also made available at this time, readying our students for the next stage in their lives

 KS4 Enrichement

At the Acorn Free School we are also privileged to be able to offer wider enrichment opportunities during the working week. These include construction, ICT, Science and Humanities. Whilst these are not formally examined, these opportunities provide students with understanding of how the world around them works.


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


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 are 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 Keyworker 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.