Kentmere Academy


From Year One to Year Six pupils follow a topic based curriculum which incorporates all statutory National Curriculum subjects. Within the school’s commitment to making the whole curriculum as relevant to the pupils as possible, links are made between subjects through a thematic approach. Parts of the Numeracy and Literacy requirements are taught as discrete subjects and link to the class topic where appropriate. Reading, Phonics and Spelling strategies are also taught as discrete subjects daily across the school.

The curriculum is further enhanced by the use of trips, workshops and visitors into the school. A wide range of teaching and learning methods are used to produce a creative and inspiring curriculum. We use the outdoor environment and local community as much as possible to make learning meaningful and fun. We keep parents informed about the curriculum through; Termly curriculum letters, Information within newsletters, Regular Facebook and Twitter updates from each year group and Invitations into school.

We ensure that all pupils have access to the curriculum at an appropriate level regardless of gender, ability, special needs and ethnicity. This balanced and inclusive curriculum promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of future life.



Kentmere Academy and Nursery provides a secure, caring, challenging and stimulating environment. This offers every pupil the opportunity to progress with an informed and positive view of the contribution they can make towards their own education, the community in which they live and society in general. Click the links below to learn more about each subject. Any further information about the academy’s curriculum, how it is organised and taught can be obtained by contacting Mrs Nicola Howard our Deputy Head by emailing, Miss Zoe Horton, our Curriculum Manager by emailing or Mrs Moseley for Early Years information by emailing Alternatively, please contact the school here.

Art and DesignGeography History
LanguagesMusic Science
English (Spelling)Physical Education


- Click here to view our curriculum overview.



Our school follows the Cornerstones Education curriculum. This is a well developed primary curriculum that is based on four key areas of a child’s development; Engage, Develop, Innovate, Express. By combining this approach with years of teaching experience, the Cornerstones Education curriculum has established themselves as a leader in primary school curriculum support. This benefits our students with a rich and varied teaching programme that supports the needs of every student.

Learn more about the Cornerstones Education curriculum here.

Listen below to a Podcast created by Cornerstones, featuring our Headteacher, Mrs Sarah Isberg.

Podcast Description: Episode 17 of The Curriculum explores how a coherent curriculum can help a school make remarkable progress. Host Caroline Pudner talks to Bev Dodd – School Leader and Education Consultant at Cornerstones. They discuss Bev’s latest visit to an exemplary primary school in Rochdale, who have moved from Special Measures to Outstanding in a relatively short space of time.



Our school is using the Ruth Miskin phonics scheme. If you would like more information about this scheme, we recommend viewing the following YouTube video playlist by clicking here.

Kentmere Academy uses the Oxford University Press Reading Scheme, click here to learn more.

To view our Reading Policy , please click here.

Northern Alliance
Sainsbury's School Games Gold Mark
Leading Parent Partnership Award
Rochdale REAL Trust
5 Star Hygiene Rating
Healthy School Award 2016
Eco school bronze award
School Council Award, Rochdale
Arts Council England Silver Award
SSAT Primary Network
Rights Respecting Logo
Diana Award
Rainbow Flag Skilled Teacher
Rights Respecting Silver Logo
E-Safety Award
ICT Mark Accredited
Reading Silver
NACE Member 2018-19