Through engagement with our core curriculum, students develop valuable skills in leadership, communication and problem solving.

We aim to inspire our students to be independent and creative, developing the resilience to learn from their mistakes, improve and correct work produced and make significant progress.

Such skills prepare our students to take, with confidence, their first steps in the world beyond Alde Valley Academy whether that be in education or training.


Every single student is at the centre of our teaching and learning approach. We treat each student as an individual and with respect, recognising they have a unique set of gifts that it is our privilege to nurture. Work is differentiated to ensure each student is stretched to reach their potential.


After arrival in Alde Valley Academy, as well as a strong foundation in the core subjects of Maths, English and Science, students follow a varied and challenging array of subjects in the following department areas: Art; Business Studies; Computer Science; Design Technology; Geography; History; Modern Foreign Languages; Performing Arts; Physical Education; Health and Social Care and Religious Education.

Uniquely, we have access to the newly refurbished Leiston Leisure Centre which we use for swimming and Physical Education lessons.

Our curriculum is based around a ‘pathways’ approach. This means we work with students from Year 9 upwards to tailor their education and to select the subjects that are best suited to their skills and their aspirations for the future. We have worked hard to ensure that, by introducing these pathways, we don’t lock students into making decisions about their future too early, but at the same time they can start to specialise in areas that interest them. At this stage, we can also introduce students to relevant external partners to enhance their studies.


Our marking and feedback ensure that students understand what they need to do to progress throughout the year. Our data system tracks this progress, providing students and parents with regular reports.


Further information about our curriculum is available from our Lead Teacher in charge of curriculum.

Curriculum Maps

Options Booklet

Options Booklet 2022.pdf