Curriculum Intent

Our curriculum is an expression of our school values and ethos, which are expressed below.

Our Vision

Together we provide the care and opportunities for all to grow, learn and face challenge with confidence

Our Values

Excellence:          Growing to be the best you can be
Commitment:       Taking opportunities and being passionate about learning
Respect:               Caring about each other and appreciating individuality

Our intent is that our students grow to be confident and caring through our pastoral support and our personal development programme.  We intend that they will learn about the best that has been thought and said through our subject curriculum which is aligned to the National Curriculum and which shares its breadth and ambition.

Leventhorpe believes that the National Curriculum is the ideal foundation for its 11-16 curriculum, because it meets its statutory responsibility to:

“provide a broad and balanced curriculum to include English, mathematics and science and to make provision for the teaching of religious education.” (Academies Bill 2010)

And to:

“provide a balanced and broadly based curriculum which:

(a) promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of students at the school and of society, and
(b) prepares students at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life”

Our intention, is to provide a curriculum based upon the National Curriculum.

Our Key Stage 3 curriculum lasts for three years, from Year 7 to 9.  In that time, our students study English, Mathematics, Science, one or two Modern Foreign Languages, Physical Education, Religious Studies and PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education) continuously.  Furthermore, we have planned and sequenced our curriculum so that the National Curriculum aims and content of Geography, History, Computing, Art, Music and Design Technology have been met in full by the end of Year 8, enabling students to express their passion for learning these subjects in greater depth by taking individual National Curriculum subject pathways in Year 9.  Students also have the opportunity to start to learn about Business and Enterprise in Year 9, because Leventhorpe is a specialist business and enterprise academy.

Our Key Stage 4 curriculum last for two years, from Year 10 to 11.  In that time our students study core and optional subjects, which are mostly based around the curriculum of GCSE specifications and which also include three vocational options.  So that our student can face the challenge of their future with confidence, we encourage all pupils to take the Ebacc combination of subjects in Year 10 and 11 when GSCE course begin.  We are pleased that Ebacc uptake rates are rising quickly to above the national average (46% for the current Year 10) and are on course to achieve the government’s ambition of 75% taking the Ebacc combination in 2022 and rising to 90% in 2025.

Our Key Stage 5 programmes of study last for two years, from Year 12 to 13.  In that time our students pick from range of A Level principle learning aims, with further opportunities to take applied learning courses at Level 3, a Level 3 technical qualification and English and Maths retake at Level 2.

At Leventhorpe we believe that our curriculum is about building character as well as developing knowledge, understanding and skills.  For this reason, our curriculum explicitly develops learning and thinking skills as well as the knowledge and understanding of the best that has been thought and said.  Our curriculum teaches students that knowledge and thinking are tied closely together and strengthen one another.

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