CURRICULUM

Our curriculum is designed to foster thought, curiosity and a desire for learning in all pupils, regardless of their backgrounds, strengths and needs. It should be a gateway to opportunity and to a fulfilling and prosperous life in modern Britain and beyond.

Our curriculum is broad and balanced, with an emphasis on academic success. We prioritise learning in Literacy, Numeracy, Languages, Humanities and Science. Our curriculum is both coherent and cumulative, with an emphasis on the critical importance of knowledge acquisition.

Our curriculum aims to:

  • Cultivate well-rounded, intelligent and socially-aware pupils
  • Mould pupils into good citizens, with a sense of responsibility for their actions
  • Encourage civic and social participation within the community
  • Promote the development of young leaders
  • Allow pupils to develop their individuality
  • Empower pupils with the necessary skills and abilities to play a full and inclusive role within society
  • Provide a solid foundation for future learning at every stage
  • Deliver excellent exam results

At the core of the Academy’s curriculum will be a specialist and obligatory menu at Key Stages 3 and 4 for all pupils of academic subjects leading to the English Baccalaureate and including English, mathematics, sciences, languages, humanities, arts and technology.

Key Stage 3

The Academy operates a two-year Key Stage 3. All pupils will follow a traditional model of study, which involves core and foundation subjects. Pupils are offered extra time for English and Mathematics where necessary.

Subjects Available at Key Stage 3
Subject Exam Information
English Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
Mathematics Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
Science Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
History Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
Geography Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
French Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
Urdu Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
Computing Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
Religious Studies Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
Physical Education Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
Art / Design Technology Carousel Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
Music / Drama Carousel Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
Citizenship (PSHE) Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3

For further information about our KS3 curriculum offer, please see our subject pages or contact the school directly at info@laisterdyke.tetrust.org.

Key Stage 4

The Academy operates a three-year Key Stage 4 where pupils sit GCSE’s across both Year 10 and 11. Pupils make their GCSE choices towards the end of Year 8. Across Years 9, 10 and 11, most pupils will follow a combination of subjects which will enable them to achieve the English Baccalaureate, where they are also offered extra time for English and Mathematics if necessary. The primary focus is to ensure that every pupil makes above expected progress in English and Mathematics.

A very small number of pupils will undertake an alternative vocational pathway. This will be a targeted pathway which will ensure SEN pupils, including those supported with an EHC Plan and those newly arrived to the country, are supported in their learning to ensure they make rapid progress. Pupils will complete nationally and industry recognised awards and qualifications, developing a personalised portfolio to include GCSE’s and vocational achievements.

Courses Available at Key Stage 4
Subject Course Title Core/Option Exam Board Specification Start End
English GCSE English Language Core AQA 8700 Year 9 Year 11
GCSE English Literature Core AQA 8702 Year 9 Year 11
Mathematics GCSE Mathematics Core Pearson 1MA1 Year 9 Year 11
Sciences GCSE Combined Science (Trilogy) Core – pupils study one of the Science courses AQA 8464 Year 9 Year 11
GCSE Separate Sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) AQA 8461, 8462 and 8463 Year 9 Year 11
Humanities GCSE History Core – pupils study one of the Humanities courses Pearson 1HI0 Year 9 Year 11
GCSE Geography AQA 8035 Year 9 Year 11
Languages GCSE French Core – pupils study one of the Language courses AQA 8658 Year 9 Year 10
GCSE Urdu AQA 8648 Year 9 Year 10
Computing GCSE Computer Science Core – pupils study one of the Computing courses OCR J276 Year 9 Year 11
Level 2 Digital Applications (CiDA) Pearson CiDA Year 9 Year 11
Religious Studies GCSE Religious Studies Core AQA 8062 Year 9 Year 10
Physical Education BTEC Sport Core Pearson LX704 Year 9 Year 11
Business BTEC Business Option Pearson BMG72 Year 9 Year 11
Citizenship GCSE Citizenship Option Pearson 1CS0 Year 9 Year 11
Art GCSE Art and Design (Art and Design) Option AQA 8201 Year 9 Year 11
Photography GCSE Art and Design (Photography) Option AQA 8206 Year 9 Year 11
Textiles GCSE Art and Design (Textiles) Option AQA 8204 Year 9 Year 11
Food GCSE Food and Nutrition Option AQA 8585 Year 9 Year 11
  • For further information about our KS4 curriculum offer, please see our subject pages or contact the school directly at info@laisterdyke.tetrust.org.