Unique curriculum

The Grove Curriculum enables us to deliver the national curriculum subjects within a cross-curricular project focus. We do this through topics which are launched with Big Questions about the real world and outcomes that provide them opportunities to develop links with the local community and business. See the year group pages for details of the termly projects. As pupils move through the school they will have the chance to develop real-life skills, such as resilience, which will support them in the world of work in the future and help them to be ready for jobs that have not been created yet.

Grove Academy ‘Big Curriculum’ overviewThe Grove Offer

Careers offer

As our pupils move through the school we want to ensure that they are supported to make successful educational and career choices.

Year 8 students are learning through their projects how to work as teams, for example, their Autumn project has an outcome of a documentary film so as part of that they are learning how to plan a creative project and the roles that are needed to be fulfilled to make it successful. Although they will all be part of the whole process only some peoples ideas will be used and only some people will be immediately behind or in front of the camera. That way they are learning to cope with disappointment and learning to be resilient as well as understanding that to make a final outcome only the best work will be chosen.

Other information is delivered through timetabled PSHE lessons, in tutor sessions and a programme of visits from professionals supporting our projects and providing input on their careers, such as a visit by the local MP recently.

As this is our first year with a Year 8 we will be updating this information throughout the year with specific information as we go along and adding details about the impact that this is having with our pupils and parents.

It is important that student look at various options at GCSE and consider the possible paths that their choice can lead to. It is essential that students have a broad range of subjects and focus on working towards a strong core in English, Maths and Science which will lead to a wide range of opportunities after GCSE.

We highly recommend that students and parents look at the following websites for further help and support.

An excellent starting point for information about all aspects of careers.

National Careers ServiceGive a range of jobs and training course at for different levels of qualifications and interests.

The Big ChoiceFurther information about careers in the local area can be found at, The Heathrow careers fair.

Heathrow Jobs and Careers FairAn excellent website that has been put together by a careers adviser called Susan Burke. Click on ‘Career Resources’ and then ‘Parents and Guardians’ to find links to other excellent careers websites.

Susan Burke CareersInformation about courses after GCSE’s

UCASInformation about employers across a range of different careers and training courses. Some very informative videos.

Careers Box


If you think you can support us in the delivery of our project-based learning across the school, but particularly from Year 8, we would love to hear from you. Currently, the Principal is the careers lead until we recruit a permanent lead in the spring. Please contact using the reference ‘Careers Lead’ or phone 01753 517359