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Specialist Status

The Priory Academy LSST has 3 specialisms - Science, Technology and Teaching School status

Science

This we value highly and ensure that we support our students through the academy fully as well as the local and wider community within the scope of science education.

Within the Science curriculum we strive to offer a rich provision accelerating KS3 material and focussing on GCSE studies from the start of Year 9.  Here we support students’ learning following the academic GCSE course and allowing for success with a vocational Level 2 BTEC opportunity.  Students achieving a high KS3 assessment have the option to study GCSE Separate Sciences whilst all others follow a ‘double science’ model.  At Key stage 5 we offer Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Applied Science at GCE AS and A2 levels.
 
Our work within the community includes supporting local Primary Schools.  We are able to travel to these and use sessions to support the Key Stage 2 curriculum in Science.  Primary school pupils are invited to our Academy to attend master classes in Science and each year we coordinate a Science Day.  Here local organisations and Universities help provide exciting and engaging experience for the pupils.
 
As enrichment we offer Science clubs for Key Stage 3 pupils and revision programmes for GSCE students.  We are currently developing a coordinated science project with a school in Germany with our GCSE Separate Science students which will support their studies.
 
Working closely with Aim Higher, the Education Business Partnership, Leicester University, the Space Centre and businesses we are able to host and support the Science studies of Sixth Formers with Open University short courses, project bursaries and subject master classes and visits.
 
The Newton Science Centre offers a state of the art set of teaching laboratories, an immersive cinema planetarium, a private study area and a debating chamber.  This will allow us to support our students and the local community as we continue to develop our Academy as a hub for the Space centre, the Science Learning Centre and for Medicine and Oxbridge candidates.
 
Technology
 
In addition to our Science Status, we also have the pleasure and privilege of being classed as a Technology College for the last 10 years.

Technology, ICT and Mathematics are the 3 areas of our curriculum that are monitored by the Specialist Schools Trust, in addition to the School's GCSE A*-C pass rates. Also important in being awarded this prestigious status, is the School's involvement with the community. Integral to this is our Cisco and Microsoft Academy status which has allowed us to provide professional IT qualifications for students, staff.
 
Teaching School

As a Teaching School, our staff are enriched by many exciting opportunities including ‘Maximising Performance’.  This programme aims to help our teachers develop their professional capital, enabling them to make judgements with greater impact.

The Priory Academy LSST has been a Teaching School since 2012. The Teaching Alliance, known as Lincolnshire Teaching School Alliance (LTSA), works in a collaborative manner with other secondary schools across Lincolnshire. Its function is to support the development of teaching and leadership within schools. As such, its main areas of focus are: Initial Teacher Training (ITT), Continuous Professional Development (CPD) for Teachers and Leadership Development. Strategies are focused on improving student outcomes through investing in teachers and leaders to become more effective in their roles. More information can be found on the website: https://www.lincolnshiretsa.co.uk/

The Teaching School became a School-Centred Initial Teacher Training Provider (SCITT) 3 years ago, and works alongside other Teaching Schools in Lincolnshire to train primary and secondary teachers - https://www.lincolnshiretsa.co.uk/scitt. This is a core role of the Teaching School and we train around 80 new teachers annually in partnership with The University of Lincoln.

LTSA is part of a wider school improvement landscape for Lincolnshire, and it works as part of Lincolnshire Teaching Schools Together (LTT). Partnerships are numerous for LTSA, however, key strategic partners include Lincolnshire County Council and the Lincoln Anglican Diocese