At Laurel Academy we firmly believe that all children, irrespective of their starting point, are entitled to a broad and balanced curriculum. To this end we provide a learning experience that gives every student the opportunity to fulfil their potential and develop the all-important skills and qualities which will serve them well in later life.
We fully support the entitlement that students have to study the group of qualifications the Government calls the English Baccalaureate (EBacc): a GCSE grade 5 or higher in one English, mathematics, two sciences, one humanities subject (geography or history) and a modern foreign language.
To allow students to spread the examination load in Key Stage 4, and help them achieve a balance in their studies, up to two non-EBacc subjects can be studied and taken at the end of Year 10. This early entry option also helps students prepare for the further examinations that they will take at the end of Year 11 and can often be a real turning point in a student’s education. Our highly flexible Key Stage 4 curriculum allows us to create personalised guided pathways for our students.
Within the curriculum offer there is the opportunity to have additional time for English or Mathematics for those who need it. We do this in the full knowledge that further and higher education, as well as many employment opportunities, require students to have attained a good level (GCSE grade 5 or higher) of literacy and numeracy.
Key Stage 3
During Years 7 and 8, students will study a broad and balanced curriculum, which includes English, Maths and Science. Students will also study a range of expressive arts subjects, Geography, History, Resilience, Computer Science, Technology subjects, a Modern Foreign Language and Physical Education.
Students will be offered an Options package at the end of Yr 8 and can use their experiences so far, plus their ideas on what they may want to do in the future, to make informed choices on what to study.
Key Stage 4
Students continue to study the core subjects of English, Maths and Science. They will also continue to have core PE lessons. The rest of their timetable is made up of option choices, which may be a combination of GCSE or Vocational qualifications. All of the qualifications students are entered for are recognised by the DFE in the list of approved qualifications for Key Stage Four and can help to secure positive futures. PSHE, including Careers Advice and Guidance, is accessed through drop down days and assemblies.