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03/04/24

Our Weekly Community Bulletin is now available on the Academy website. https://t.co/0MSyyRkDKm pic.twitter.com/q4PbJUUHUv

25/03/24

19 lucky students attended production of Guys & Dolls, with Mr Kelly and Mrs Mathieson. The highlight was seeing the students’ faces light up with joy watching the actors sing & dance. We hope to return to the theatre soon with even more future-theatre lovers. pic.twitter.com/rlk2fJASOJ

25/03/24

This week's Community Bulletin is now available on our Academy website. https://t.co/36CIGebvZR pic.twitter.com/Liexqc1gx1

20/03/24

Today is careers day where student get to quiz and hear talks from a range of experts in their fields, including scientist and engineers. They've been learning and getting advice about apprenticeships, university and careers in STEM. pic.twitter.com/AVWflIV1C3

18/03/24

This week's HSAEL Community Weekly Bulletin is now available on our website. https://t.co/C7RqMYhvKF pic.twitter.com/u9NPm3renc

15/03/24

Khrushchev's Hot Dog. The first in a series of T&L pieces for ! Here, I discuss making the learning memorable to best support our mid to lower attaining students; every child deserves to become a leader in their chosen field.https://t.co/H7UpgdfvY5

14/03/24

Khrushchev's Hot Dog. The first in a series of T&L pieces for ! Here, I discuss making the learning memorable to best support our mid to lower attaining students; every child deserves to become a leader in their chosen field.https://t.co/H7UpgdfvY5

14/03/24

Another packed couple of days of science experiments to mark Students have been dissecting eyes and hearts, building balloon-powered cars, studying pondweed and constructing rollercoasters for Physics experiments. #BSW pic.twitter.com/Rv8A6S18Ol

14/03/24

Our sixth formers are leading this week’s line up readings, which are themed around Careers Week and British Science Week. They will be linking these with our values or GRACE and the how students can become successful leaders in STEM pic.twitter.com/vOt4SskN54

13/03/24

As continues, students peering down the microscope into the tiny world of the water flee. They identified anatomical features and used caffeine to stimulate the fleas' heartbeat. #BSW pic.twitter.com/RwhWpkvzim

13/03/24

🚨Next week!🚨 Don’t miss this opportunity to secure your spot at 2024 Burton Lecture, Chemistry’s flagship event! Join Prof Chris Schofield FRS as he delivers a captivating lecture on enzymes bridging the realms of chemistry and biology. https://t.co/KVHXBMaO7u

13/03/24

Really well done to our Year 11 students who are coming to the end of a fortnight of GCSE Mocks. Today's Mocks include Community Languages, Latin & Ancient Greek. And good luck to Year 13 students who have more Mocks next week. Well done students and staff for all your hard work. pic.twitter.com/dFNgwOFDuQ

12/03/24

🚨Next week!🚨 Don’t miss this opportunity to secure your spot at 2024 Burton Lecture, Chemistry’s flagship event! Join Prof Chris Schofield FRS as he delivers a captivating lecture on enzymes bridging the realms of chemistry and biology. https://t.co/KVHXBMaO7u

11/03/24

It's and we've got a packed itinerary of interesting and exciting experiments. This morning students have been conducting *flame tests* which are used to identify metal ions such as lithium, sodium, potassium and calcium. pic.twitter.com/xNotyVOaCZ

11/03/24

Many thanks to the Discover team from for a really useful and informative Emotional Wellbeing assembly for our Sixth Formers this morning. The session covered ideas including managing worries, procrastination tips, work/life balance, sleep. pic.twitter.com/ne5Tu4kbpN

11/03/24

Our latest Community Weekly bulletin is now available on our website. https://t.co/W25bM8Z3Nh pic.twitter.com/MIbjHGFtX5

07/03/24

It's not just . Every morning at HSAEL begins with a little quiet reading time and preferably a good book! pic.twitter.com/irMlozh35D

07/03/24

Kicking off this morning, it seems some of our senior staff took were blown in from Kansas, or did they arrive via the Yellow Brick Road. It's going to be an interesting day! !🥳 pic.twitter.com/mFP7RBFkPx

06/03/24

Congratulations to Clock Mill who won the inaugural House Debating Competition, by a close margin of two-points! The motion was: 'This House believes that all secondary school pupils should be able to vote in General Elections'. Inter-House competitions take place fortnightly pic.twitter.com/buan9qf64O

06/03/24

Our latest Community Bulletin is now available on the Academy website. https://t.co/GDZfFW6p36 pic.twitter.com/AasoMTE6Pm

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Core Subjects

Mathematics

Why is it important to study Maths? Journey into the fascinating world of numbers and problem-solving with AQA’s GCSE in Mathematics! This brochure serves as your gateway to an exciting educational experience, tailored for students seeking a robust foundation in mathematics and a pathway to numerous future opportunities.
AQA’s distinctive syllabus is designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of mathematical principles and applications. Delve into algebra, geometry,  ratio and proportion, number and statistics with a curriculum crafted to foster analytical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Discover the distinctive elements that set AQA’s Mathematics GCSE apart. Engage in real-world problem-solving scenarios, practical applications of mathematical concepts, and a holistic approach that goes beyond textbook learning. From mastering mathematical techniques to applying them in practical situations, AQA’s syllabus is your key to a well-rounded mathematical education.

For full course outline and assessment details please see our GCSE options brochure here.


English Language

Why is it important to study English Language? Although English is a compulsory subject, it is essential to understand its importance in your education. You will leave Year 11 with two English GCSEs, one of them in English Language. Regardless of your future career, English Language is essential in supporting your success as it develops critical and analytical thinking, skills around interpreting information and forming an argument, and understanding how to express your views and ideas. Whichever career you choose to enter, success in English will be highly valued.
As you study for your AQA English Language qualification, you will draw upon a range of texts as reading stimulus. You will have opportunities to develop higher-order reading and critical thinking skills that encourage you to explore different topics and themes, and you will learn to evaluate texts critically and synthesise information from multiple texts. Beyond this, the creative writing component is an exciting opportunity for you to demonstrate your own story telling skills and to share your own opinions in the creative non-fiction writing task. The spoken assessment is further opportunity for you to convey your own ideas on a topic that you passionate about, while refining your verbal communication skills.

For full course outline and assessment details please see our GCSE options brochure here.


English Literature

Why is it important to study English Literature? Although English is a compulsory subject, it is essential to understand its importance in your education. You will leave Year 11 with two English GCSEs: one in English Language, and one in English Literature. Regardless of your future career, English is essential in supporting your success as it develops critical and analytical thinking skills, skills defending an argument, and being able to quickly interpret information and formulate an argument. Whichever career you choose to enter, success in English will be highly valued. 
AQA’s English Literature component is an exciting opportunity to explore a range of classic literature in an array of formats. The poetry unit allows you to explore ideas surrounding society and conflict, while also honing your analytical skills in unseen poetry. The 19th century novel is an opportunity to delve into the Victorian streets of London, and studying Shakespeare is an exciting exploration of life under King James I. The study of literature is the study of society and following our own society’s journey from the 1600s to today. 
Beyond the study of societies past and present, Literature offers opportunities to further develop analytical skills as well. You are encouraged to think conceptually and develop your own interpretations of texts. You should be analysing the information presented to you and crafting a coherent argument. In the poetry unit, you are able to synthesise information presented to you from two poems and compare the poets’ ideas. Overall, Literature is an exciting opportunity to learn about the world around you, and to build the skills to think critically about it.

For full course outline and assessment details please see our GCSE options brochure here.


Religious Studies

Would a loving God ever send people to hell? 
Why is the Bible the most popular book in the history of the world? 
Who was the Prophet Muhammad and what was his message?
Is it every okay to drop nuclear weapons on an enemy? 
Modern Britain is one of the most diverse places in the world. GCSE Religious Studies provides students with the skills to navigate through this society. The course creates students who are informed, articulate and compassionate towards others around them.
Throughout GCSE Religious Studies, students will be challenged with questions about belief, values, meaning, purpose and truth, enabling them to develop their own attitudes towards religious issues. Students will also gain an appreciation of how religion, philosophy and ethics form the basis of our culture. They will develop analytical and critical thinking skills and the ability to work grapple with abstract ideas. 
The course increases students’ awareness of the beliefs of people around them whilst challenging students to consider beliefs of others outside their family or community.

For full course outline and assessment details please see our GCSE options brochure here.


Combined Science 

Why is important to study Science: Studying AQA Combined Science offers a comprehensive exploration of fundamental scientific principles, preparing students for a diverse range of future endeavors. With a focus on both biology and chemistry, this curriculum equips learners with invaluable skills in critical thinking, problem-solving, and experimental design.
Throughout the course, students delve into captivating topics such as cell biology, ecology, atomic structure, chemical reactions, and organic chemistry. By engaging with these concepts, learners not only gain a deep understanding of the natural world but also develop the ability to analyze complex systems and draw evidence-based conclusions.
Moreover, AQA Combined Science cultivates practical skills through laboratory experiments and investigations, honing students’ ability to collect, analyze, and interpret data. These hands-on experiences foster curiosity and creativity, encouraging students to explore scientific phenomena firsthand.
Ultimately, studying AQA Combined Science provides a solid foundation for further education and careers in various fields, including medicine, engineering, environmental science, and more. Whether aspiring scientists or simply curious minds, students benefit from the breadth and depth of knowledge offered by this dynamic curriculum, empowering them to make informed decisions and contribute meaningfully to society’s scientific advancement.

For full course outline and assessment details please see our GCSE options brochure here.


German

Why is important to study German: Embarking on the journey of learning German is not just about mastering a language; it’s like unlocking a world of countless, exciting possibilities for your studies, career, and future adventures! Learning a Modern Foreign Language will help you succeed in your other subject areas because leaning another language helps improve your problem-solving skills and sharpens your memory. Learning German will also help with your communication skills and confidence both in and out of the classroom. German is not only a key language in the fields of science, technology, and engineering, but also holds prominence in philosophy, literature, and the arts. Proficiency in German can enhance career prospects, such as a higher salary, promotions, and opportunities to travel and live abroad. Imagine effortless communicating with colleagues and clients within a multinational company or enhancing your holiday experience due to your knowledge of the German language and culture. 
Learning German becomes a powerful tool by enhancing your school performance, providing a unique edge in various subjects, and ultimately contributing to a well-rounded education. So, envision being the go-to person with language superpowers, not just in class, but also on the international stage of innovation and collaboration. Learning German is not just a skill; it’s your passport to a world of endless opportunities and fun discoveries!

For full course outline and assessment details please see our GCSE options brochure here.