Our Great Place to Learn


At Alvaston Junior Academy, the curriculum has been designed to meet the needs of the ‘Alvaston Child’.We have analysed the barriers to learning which include some children  having well being needs, some children living in areas with high levels of deprivation and disadvantage and some of our pupils having limited social and cultural experiences and restricted vocabulary.

Through careful consultation and consideration of what our pupils need, we have introduced four key values that underpin our curriculum and are embedded in our school ethos, culture and learning experiences. Staff, pupils and parents have played an integral role in shaping the vision for the learning journey of our pupils at the Academy.  


We are in the process of embedding the INSPIRE curriculum, to meet the needs of the Alvaston child and through doing this, we aim to:

  • Ensure reading is a priority as we see this as the cornerstone of all learning.
  • Ensure our children have mathematical fluency and confidence in numeracy.
  • Place pupil's mental health and well being at the core of daily practice.
  • Provide children with opportunities to engage with the world beyond Alvaston.
  • Increase cultural capital by specifically giving children experiences of authors, artists, music and theatre.
  • Increase children’s knowledge of cultures and those from different faiths and backgrounds.
  • Provide a broad and balanced curriculum for all year groups which builds progressive skills and knowledge of which the children can base their future learning.
  • Deliver a curriculum which allows children to commit learning to their long term memory.
  • Teach a wide range of metacognitive strategies and embed retrieval practice into lessons to enable children to understand how they learn.
  • Ensure there is sufficient depth and coverage in all subjects we teach.
  • Base our curriculum on pupils’ current knowledge and understanding.
  • Provide opportunities for the children to build character including resilience, perseverance, confidence and tolerance through The Harmony Pledge.

We aim to provide an excellent education for our children, which develops the highest possible standards. We have adopted the INSPIRE curriculum written by schools withing The Harmony Trust.  You can read more about our curriculum here.


Subject leaders are responsible for implementation within their curriculum area and this continues to be an area of development within the academy. Through continuous professional development, school leaders are ensuring subject leaders have the knowledge, expertise and practical skills to fulfil their role effectively.Senior leaders role model exemplary subject leadership and provide individual training and coaching where identified.  Core subjects have been addressed as a priority and pupil outcomes remain a key focus for the academy. Over the last two years, our priority has been ensuring quality first teaching in every lesson of every day. 

The impact of the recent changes we have made are regularly monitored 

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Alvaston Junior Academy

Elvaston Lane, Alvaston, Derby DE24 0PU

Christine Bower: Principal

01332 571321