Curriculum geography


Oulton Academy is committed to creating an ambitious curriculum for all of our students. At Oulton we believe that an ambitious curriculum is an entitlement for all studnets regardless of their starting points or prior learning: Oulton Academy has the same academic, technical/ vocational ambitions for almost all learners.  


In 2019, Oulton Academy (formerly Royds) had 5% of students undertaking the full Ebacc. Following a comprehensive curriculum review, Oulton Academy, in line with it ambitious curriculum for all, is on target to exceed its current Ebacc targets:

2024 > 20%

2025 > 30%

Help Your Child Make the Best GCSE Choices

You and your child may currently be considering, with advice from their school, what GCSE subjects they should take next year.  

The Department for Education recommends these core subjects, which make up the English Baccalaureate (EBacc), and help keep options for young people open: 

  • English language and English literature  
  • Maths  
  • Science  
  • Combined science or 3 single sciences from Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Computer science —History or Geography  
  • A language Ancient or modern 

What is the Ebacc?

The EBacc is not a qualification in its own right – it’s a combination of GCSE subjects, including a language, that offer an important range of knowledge and skills to young people.  

Ebacc Future Proofs Your Child's Prospects

While your child may not have decided on their future career path yet, choosing the EBacc at GCSE gives them access to a full range of employment options when they leave secondary school and the broad knowledge that employers are looking for. If they are thinking of going to university, the EBacc is also recommended by Britain’s most prestigious universities. 

Languages Give Young People a Competitive Edge

Languages are an important part of EBacc. Studying a foreign language can be extremely rewarding and exciting. They provide an insight into other cultures and can open the door to travel and employment opportunities. They can also broaden pupils’ horizons, helping them flourish in new environments.  

If your child finds languages difficult, don’t forget that they will have been studying them for much less time than their other subjects and, while it can be a challenge, learning a language will greatly enhance their future opportunities. What’s more, we know that employers value languages, as they are increasingly important to make sure we can compete in the global market. Because of this, languages are increasingly becoming a requirement for many graduate schemes, such as those offered by Lidl. 

‘Having language skills under your belt will help make you stand out from the crowd, whether you’re applying for an entry level position, a management role or an internal transfer.”  

Steve Cassidy, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, UK & Ireland, Hilton 

The Russell Group has named languages as subjects that open doors to more degrees at universities. (The Russell Group is a group of 24 universities with a shared focus on research and a reputation for academic achievement. 

“Young people skilled in the languages of Europe, China and other key markets around the world, can look forward to exciting and rewarding careers.”  

Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce 


What About Arts & Music?

While arts and music are not included in the EBacc, every child should still experience a high-quality arts and cultural education throughout their time at school as part of a balanced curriculum. If your child can take 9 GCSEs, they will have either 1 or 2 further options and can choose subjects based on their wider interests like art or music as well as others such as physical education or technology.