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Curriculum

The Priory Academy LSST  - Curriculum Pathway 2017/18

The Academy continues to offer an accelerated KS3. GCSE Options are taught from Year 9.

Key Stage 3 – Year 7 and 8

Key Stage 4 – Year 9, 10 and 11

Key Stage 5 – Year 12 and 13

At Key Stage 3 we provide a broad range of subjects for our students to follow. This ensures students are well prepared for the subjects they may choose to study at Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5. The emphasis for Key Stage 3 is on mastering the core skills and academic understanding that will enable students to be confident successful learners in the future.

Curriculum Model 2017/18

 

Year 7

 

Year 8

 

Mathematics

3

3

English

3

3

Science

3

3

MFL

3

3

Geography

1

2

History

2

1

Technology

2

2

Physical Education

2

2

Religious Education

1

1

ICT

1

1

Drama

1

1

Music

1

1

Art

1

1

Trivium

1

1

As an Academy we produce Curriculum handbooks, along with a homework timetable and curriculum maps - topics covered each module in Year 7, 8.

Click on Prospectuses and Handbook link on the left hand side menu to view further.

Curriculum Model Years 9, 10 and 11

Subject

Y9        

 Y10    

Y11        

English

4

4

4

Mathematics

3

3

4

Science

5

4

4

MFL (French or German)        

3

3

3

History/Geography

2

3

3

RE

2

1

 

Option 1

2

3

3

Option 2

2

3

3

Core PE

2

1

1

Total

25

25

25

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Key Stage 4 learning is personalised to take account of students’ individual skills and interests, as well as the progress they have made at Key Stage 3. Our focus at Key Stage 4 is to provide a curriculum for students which will provide them with the qualifications and experiences they need to progress onto a wide range of further study, employment and/or training destinations. 

All our Key Stage 4 students study a core EBacc curriculum of English, Maths, Science, MFL, Humanities as well as PE and RE. In addition, students are able to choose from a wide range of option subjects.

Assessment

Assessment for Learning is met on a daily basis throughout all lessons. It is embedded in classroom activities tailored to the needs of all students; teacher, peer and self-assessment of class and homework; valuable and constructive feedback; and challenging and stimulating lessons. Summative assessment takes place every module.  Your childwill be given a formal assessment of their learning (this may be in the form of an end of topic test or a task designed to test their knowledge).

 

Module Grades and Reporting

Year 7 SATs scores are based around a mean score of 100, where previously national curriculum levels ranging from 1 to 8 were awarded. As a secondary school we receive the raw scores attained in the SATs and in some cases a teacher assessment of above/at/below age related expectations.

Based on national research and good practice in other schools, we use this data to issue a pathway for Year 7 and 8 of Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum.  Each pathway incorporates a range of predicted attainment grades depending on a student's starting point. In Year 9 onwards a specific individual target grade is set in every subject for each student.  These target grades, if achieved, would ensure students out perform national rates of progress.

Parents and carers are sent a report at the end each module, which will always contain a grade indicating a student's attitude to learning and, at least three times a year, give a teacher judgement on a student's attainment. 

In addition, parents are provided with a yearly written report containing more detailed information on their child's achievements. There will also be an opportunity for parents to meet subject teachers and discuss their child's progress on an individual basis in the annual Parents' Evening.

Sixth Form

Students progress on to the Sixth Form where, again, there is a very wide choice of subjects.  Students typically study three subjects.  In addition, students can study for the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).  More detailed information can be found in the Sixth Form Prospectus.