'Students make good progress and achieve well.. attainment and progress in mathematics is consistently strong.. teaching is typically good, this is why students make good progress in their lessons’ (Ofsted 2013)
The aims of our curriculum
Our central purpose is to ensure that all children at Lea Manor High School achieve the highest standards of which they are capable. These standards will apply to all that children do, whether in the classroom, on the sports field, in concert or on stage, or in the extensive range of other opportunities we offer to students at all stages of their education.
Our curriculum aims should enable all young people to become:
Successful students, who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve.
Independent learners who have developed a range of flexible thinking skills which they can transfer successfully to different learning situations and the world of work
Imaginative, creative and reflective in their learning
Confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives. They develop a range of social skills and can interact with people of varying backgrounds and cultures
Responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society and allows them to uphold the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law and individual liberty. They will also make contributions to our local community through school based and local activities
Tolerant and respectful of those who have different faiths and beliefs
Central to that purpose is an ordered, tolerant and caring community that recognises the diverse talents and abilities of each individual. Thus, we aim to provide a secure and disciplined environment where staff and students can work together ensuring that learning is always placed at the core of everything we do. The curriculum aims to build on young people's experiences in the primary phase and prepare them to succeed in the next stage of their learning journey. Our curriculum reflects values in our society that promote personal development, equality of opportunity, economic wellbeing, a healthy and just democracy, and a sustainable future. It will allow our students to be prepared for life in modern Britain.
To achieve our aims we offer:
A curriculum that places learning at its core with a focus on thinking skills that create independent learners capable of dealing with the ever changing demands of modern life
A curriculum that caters for the needs of the individual able to support, challenge and give students the academic qualifications needed for the next phase of their learning journey
A commitment to high expectations in all areas of school life
Enrichment through many extracurricular opportunities both in this country and abroad
Provision of opportunities in a secure, disciplined and supportive environment
A curriculum that offers regular opportunities for students to learn about different cultures, reflect on theirs and others morals and develop both socially and spiritually
A clear ethos and culture, that reflect British values, built on the three school rules ‘Ready, Respectful, Safe
The curriculum at key stage 3
Our curriculum in Year 7 to Year 9 is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge needed to prepare them for progression to Year 10 and Year 11 and their future.
The timetable is based on a 2 week cycle of 50 one hour periods, plus 20 minutes of tutor time each day. The table below is based on the 2 week cycle:
At Key Stage 3, there is a strong emphasis on the teaching of reading, writing communicating and mathematics (RWCM). Students are given well targeted intervention to give them the best possible chance of accessing the curriculum in its entirety as they progress through school. This support can take place in the classroom, 1-1, small group work and after school.
In Year 9, students are introduced to the Pathways process with their parents / carers, which informs and guides them on the choices they can make in Y10 and Y11. This includes a Careers Convention held at the school, a detailed interview with every student and their parent / carer, and a Pathways evening and comprehensive information booklet outlining the different pathways and subject choices.
The curriculum at key stage 4
When pupils move into Year 10, they follow a core curriculum for 64% of their timetable and choose three personalised choices based on their pathway, abilities and career aspirations.
The core curriculum is made up of 6 GCSEs: English Language, English Literature, Maths, Core Science, Additional Science, Philosophy and Ethics. An hour of Physical Education a week are also taught to all students, although there is no qualification associated with this entitlement.
Our current year 11 follow a slightly different curriculum which we have reviewed and amended for our year 10. In the future all students will follow the curriculum offer for our current year 10 – although this is under constant review.
Additionally to the core curriculum students choose subjects from a range of GCSEs, BTECs and NCFEs. These are currently are Triple Science GCSE, Art GCSE, Catering GCSE, Citizenship GCSE, Drama GCSE, Product Design GCSE, Materials Research Technical Award, DT Graphic Products GCSE, DT Food Products GCSE, French GCSE, Geography GCSE, Health and Social Care GCSE, History GCSE, IT – Certificate in IT user skills in open systems and enterprise TLM, Music GCSE, Music Technology BTEC, PE GCSE, Performing Arts BTEC, Spanish GCSE, and Health and Fitness NCFE.
The KS4 curriculum has been carefully designed to ensure that all students leave Lea Manor with numerous choices available to them. The majority of students will successfully complete 10 GCSEs, this places them in a position of strength when choosing and applying for courses to study during the next stage of their learning. For those students that a curriculum offer of 9 GCSEs is inappropriate they will be offered a supported curriculum that suits their needs. These students will study a range of GCSEs that are appropriate for their ability and will receive extra support and guidance. If appropriate they will also study a City and Guilds course that appropriately prepares them for future study and the world of work.
The curriculum is constantly under review to ensure it meets national guidance and the needs and aspirations of all students.