Curriculum

Consett Academy forms part of New College Durham Academies Trust and was opened in January 2012 as a merger between the town’s previous secondary schools of Moorside Community Technology College and Consett Community Sports College (formerly Blackfyne Community School). Initially, Consett Academy delivered an education across the two sites before moving into a state-of-the-art building in 2015. Built on Consett’s former football ground, next door to Consett’s rugby club and as part of Consett’s Leisure centre, Consett Academy unsurprisingly ensures that all students access an inclusive PE curriculum with a range of sports taught across the curriculum.

Situated in the North-East of England, Consett is surrounded by the beautiful countryside of the Derwent valley. At 900ft above sea-level, Consett frequently has its own climate which is typically colder than surrounding cities such as Durham and Newcastle. Reflected in our core values of resilience, we encourage our students to never give up and endeavour to be the best that they can be.

Historically, Consett is a town that is proudly built on the success of its steelwork heritage. Steel dominated the economy of Consett for 140 years and was responsible for the expansion of the town. Our core values replicate the hard-working status of the town’s history and we expect our students to contribute to and further the successes of their community.

With over 1500 students on roll, Consett Academy is a large 11-18 fully comprehensive school with a growing sixth form. The majority of our students are white British; 35% of our current students qualify for the Pupil Premium grant and 14% of students have additional SEND needs.

We are passionately ambitious for all our students and believe in a curriculum intent that provides an inclusive and challenging education that allows our students to succeed.

Our Curriculum Intent

We believe that education is about teaching children the values, knowledge and skills they require to be life-long learners so that they can contribute positively to their community. We believe that education is about providing students with powerful knowledge so they can question the increasingly complex world around them and be empowered to make decisions that will make them successful. We believe that education is about providing our students with a passion for knowledge and learning so that they are engaged and curious about the world around them. We do this by providing a curriculum that challenges all students in a range of subjects and within the context of our core values of resilience, aspiration, respect, honesty and tolerance.

Our curriculum Lead member of staff is Callum Brierley, Deputy Principal.

Please find our full Curriculum Intent here.

If you require any further information on our curriculum, please contact Ms M Robinson, Senior Administrative Assistant, enquiries@consettacademy.org.uk