North East Essex Co-Operative Academy is a part of Keys Co-Operative Academy Trust, a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England & Wales.

 Registered office: Heybridge Co-Operative Academy, The Street, Heybridge, CM9 4NB Company Number: 10831275

Curriculum Offer

At North East Essex Co-Operative Academy our curriculum is designed to meet a student’s individual needs, and provide appropriate qualifications and experiences to support their future success. Our curriculum is planned and delivered with the aim of preparing all students for the next steps in their educational pathways. Children are given opportunities to bridge gaps in their knowledge, develop confidence and experience a range of positive learning experiences.

Key Stage 3 and 4 Curriculum

At Key Stage 3, students study the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science. They will also study Art and Design, Humanities, Music, P.S.H.E, and Physical Education.


At Key Stage 4, our students can study a range of GCSEs and Vocational subjects. Students have option choices of Art and Design, Food Technology and BTEC Sport.

There are further opportunities for our students to attend other providers such as Catten College, Rallysport and Wellies On Farm. These external providers offer further opportunities for our students to achieve additiona qualifications.


All students have a dedicated Tutor who will provide support and guidance.

Primary Curriculum

The Primary curriculum is planned and designed to meet the needs of all the students that attend NEECA regardless of their age or need. All students have the opportunity to access the full Primary national curriculum entitlement if appropriate. Staff use a variety of tools to support their planning and ensure all necessary content is covered such as White Rose Maths and Hertfordshire Grid For Learning. These are used as a starting point for personalized planning. Teaching is delivered through topics and each class teacher has flexibility to adapt to children’s interests and engagement. The duration of the topic is also flexible dependent on each cohort.


To support the students to develop the necessary skills to be successful in their learning, the curriculum is enriched with positive life and learning opportunities. There is also access to therapeutic interventions. These include forest schools, therapeutic farm trips, music technology, art therapy and play therapy. Each student has their own bespoke provision map and timetable. The Primary team have a trained thrive practitioner and all students are assessed using the thrive approach tool. This generates an action plan specific to each student and staff provide opportunities for children to access the necessary thrive provision either woven through curriculum activities or as thrive specific sessions.


PSHE, life skills and the academy core values are a key part of the Primary curriculum. Each half term there is a different PSHE focus planned to link with any national events such as anti- bullying week or safer internet week. Staff also plan individual sessions to support students to work towards one plan targets. Daily conversations and response to students also form part of this daily curriculum.