The curriculum is provided in a structured and supportive environment and is planned to meet the personal, academic and pastoral needs of the student at each stage of their schooling.
Lamledge School offers an education which exposes students to a broad, balanced, differentiated and relevant curriculum, presents them with challenges in which creativity is fostered and which is based on the essential elements of the National Curriculum with other courses such as Duke of Edinburgh and Animal Care delivered at a local farm, supporting students interests and aspirations. The school has an excellent adult to student ratio with very small class sizes, which are taught and supported by at least two staff in every lesson. This enables us to give our children high levels of support at all times.
Our school curriculum is underpinned by the values that are important in our school. The curriculum is the means by which the school achieves its objective of educating students in the knowledge, skills and understanding that they need in order to lead fulfilling lives.
These are the main values of our school, upon which we have based our curriculum:
- We value the way in which all students are unique, and our curriculum promotes respect for the views of each individual child, as well as for people of all cultures. We value the spiritual and moral development of each person, as well as their intellectual, physical and social growth.
- We value the importance of each person in our community. We organise our curriculum so that we promote co-operation and understanding between all members of our community.
- We value the rights enjoyed by each person in our society. We respect each child in our school for who they are, and we treat them with fairness and honesty.
- We value our environment, and we aim, through our curriculum, to teach respect for our world, and how we should care for it for future generations, as well as our own.
Key Stage 1 and 2 Curriculum
At Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 the curriculum is broad and balanced. At the forefront of Lemledge School’s primary curriculum is equity for every child with every curriculum experience underpinned by these core values;
- Understanding that our students are unique in their needs, circumstances, and prior learning journeys.
- We value each student as an individual, each with a unique potential for learning, and that each students learning journey with ourselves may look different.
- We aim to embrace the individual skills, talents and interests of our students and enhance these.
- Our aim is to prepare every child for life beyond their school life, providing them with an exciting and empowering curriculum with the skills, knowledge and values that equips them for today and tomorrow!
We want to ensure, via the curriculum we offer within Key Stage 1 and 2 that our students have:
- Confidence in themselves as a positive learner and member of our school community
- A sound knowledge of basic skills, with reading and literacy skill at the centre of all we do
- An understanding of the Social, Moral, Spiritual and cultural virtues they all possess
- Aspiration and resilience to aim high and challenge themselves to achieve their full potential
- A sense of belonging, a moral purpose and respect and tolerance for others
Students have access; English, Maths, Science, Computing, PE, SEAL, PSHCE, Art, Design and Technology, Food Technology, MFL, RE, History, Geography
Transitionary Curriculum (Years 7 and 8)
We find our students at a crossroads when transitioning from Key Stage 2 to 3; it is our aim to ensure that the transition from primary to secondary teaching styles is carried out carefully and effectively. At Lamledge School we try, therefore, to make sure that when students are transitioning to KS3 teaching methods, approaches and environments are mirrored from our Primary Department.
However, we must also guarantee that students are well prepared to become more responsible and autonomous in their learning. In general terms, this means that there is a gradual move from class teaching to a more specialised programme of learning as the child progresses through the School.
Our “Transitions” school curriculum is underpinned by the values that are important in our school. The curriculum is the means by which the school achieves its objective of educating students in the knowledge, skills and understanding that they need in order to lead fulfilling lives. Students have full access to the subjects they experienced within the Primary Curriculum ; English, Maths, Science, ICT, PE, SEAL, PSHE, Art, Design and Technology, Food Technology, MFL, RE, History, Geography with the addition of Outdoor Education and ASDAN Lift Off.
Key Stage 3 Curriculum
Key Stage 3 allows students and teachers to address their subject in more depth and detail. Students are challenged both academically and practically via a range of different learning experiences. Students have access to; English, Maths, Science, ICT, PE, PSHE, Art, Design and Technology, Food Technology, Geography, History, SEAL, Outdoor Education and ASDAN Key Steps, Hair and Beauty and Gardening. By experiencing a broad range of subjects our students are enabled to make considered choices regarding their Key Stage 4 Options.
Key Stage 4 and Post 16 Curriculum
Our Key Stage 4 and Post 16 curriculum offers an opportunity for students to study those subjects they wish to choose.
The school offers a choice of one option choice, with both vocational and academic choices present, as well as one core option. We endeavour to create a timetable that allows most students to have their preferred choice of subjects. However, this is not always possible for everyone, if subjects become oversubscribed we will endeavour to look at the skills required and support our students in picking options in which we know they can succeed.
Current examples of option subjects we offer are Hair and Beauty, Food Technology, History, Childcare, Geography, Art and Design, Computing, however bespoke options have previously been established dependent on student need and interest, where appropriate.
Students receive information regarding careers and the options available to them through careers advice, mentoring sessions, and with subject staff at year 9 options afternoon. We believe it is essential that students identify subjects that they are both passionate about and competent in. Additionally, when deciding their options, students should give consideration to how their choices will lead to a future pathway at Key Stage 5 and employment/ training.
Alongside our option choices sits our core offer. This focuses on developing skills and gaining accreditation in English, Maths, Science, ICT, PD, as well as PE or Work Skills. All of our students also complete Duke of Edinburgh offering a range of experiences varied from the traditional school experience, developing leadership and adaptability as well as confidence in our students.
To maintain our varied curriculum that enables our students to access a wealth of vocational options, Laser Award sits within every Key Stage 4 and Post 16 student’s curriculum offering access to the vocational subjects on a carousel basis, developing practical and independent skills that prepare them for adulthood and further study.
Progression as a Post 16 student at Lamledge School leads to students having curriculum time for Leadership and Independence skills. As well as school based learning we offer all of our Key Stage 4 and Post 16 students 1 day of alternative learning at an offsite provision, the aim of this is to develop students independence skills, give vocational options where students can flourish, and the opportunity to experience and alternative learning environment.