Key Stage 3 (Years 7-8)

The first two years at Essa Academy are critical as we ensure the foundations are built for educational success. However, we encourage and offer a range of opportunities to excite and stimulate our students outside the classroom.

We offer challenging and inspiring lessons in English and Maths as these two subjects underpin the academic curriculum. Our students experience awe and wonder in their Science lessons and then experience a rich diet of other studies including the Humanities (Geography, History and Religious Studies), the Arts (Photography, Art and Graphics), Modern Languages and Computing. Every child will cook and partake in essential PE lessons to encourage a healthy lifestyle. All students receive music lessons and are given the opportunity to join the choir. Drama is encouraged and our assemblies, concerts and performances encourage our students to showcase their musical and acting talents.

Key Stage 4 (Years 9-11)

With the increased challenge of GCSE's we feel a 3-year GCSE course is appropriate for our students. The variety our curriculum offers at KS3 allows our students to make informed option choices at the end of Year 8. Appropriate option pathways are provided and students select nine subjects.

In addition to their academic success all students access PE lessons experiencing a vast range of sporting opportunities. All students are given the opportunity to join the Cadets, take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award of complete a Sports or Young Leaders Award. Career and PSHE lessons are offered to all students and this rich diet of extra-curricular activities provides our students with the interpersonal skills and confidence that will assist them in their future beyond Essa Academy.

Mini Schools:

At Essa Academy we celebrate our use of the Mini Schools model. Click the links below to read more about each of our faculty (mini school) areas!

Humanities & Languages
Computing & Business
The Arts
Additional Needs
Manchester United Foundation
Essa Experience
Combined Cadet Force
Arts Award
Duke of Edinburgh
Forest School Association
Young Leaders Award
Sports Leaders
Extra Curricular
English/Additional Language
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