Lady Hawkins’ School
KS4 Core Subjects
KS4 Options Subjects
BROAD | BALANCED | INCLUSIVE | RELEVANT
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We want our students to have experiences and opportunities that they enjoy, are life-affirming, relevant and useful.
LHS students should leave us well prepared for further study or employment in the 21st Century Global marketplace. British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs, underpin our curriculum, teaching and community.
As an Academy, we do not have to follow the National Curriculum in Years 7 to 9 but we have chosen to base our provision largely on it.
Students study the core subjects of English & Maths for four hours per week in Years 7 to 9. They have three and a half hours of Science, increasing to four and a half in Year 9 as the GCSE course begins. GCSE Maths also begins in Year 9.
All students take part in the accelerated reading program with some acting as peer to peer reading coaches.
In addition, students in Years 7
to 9 study:
History, Geography, Technology, RE, ICT, Music, Art,
Drama, PE and Modern Foreign Languages.
At Key Stage 4 students follow a core provision of:
English (Language and Literature), Maths, Science (includes teaching from specialists in Physics, Chemistry and Biology), PE and RE.
At both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 we set students on ability in the core (English, Maths, Science) so that learning can be effectively tailored. This setting is flexible and reviewed regularly to ensure that students are most appropriately placed. They are also able to opt for a wide variety of Option subjects at GCSE. We provide full access to the English Baccaluareate subjects and strongly encourage students to consider this route. All GCSE subjects at LHS are now the reformed courses. Students will receive grades under the new 9-1 grading system. The curriculum at KS4 remains broad, balanced and ready to meet the needs of our students and fulfill the requirements of the new Progress-8 and Attainment-8 accountability measures.
Amongst the examination subjects on offer are French, German, History, Geography, Technology Computer Science and ICT, Business Studies, Music (GCSE) and Art.
Our curriculum caters for individual needs at all levels. Some students benefit from additional English and Maths support through catch up sessions. The more able can, for example, take two languages, or two technology subjects. We are proud of our flexibility.
Our curriculum at KS3 prepares students for study in Years 10 & 11 and our KS4 provision opens doors for students into Sixth Form Colleges or employment with training. All years have time built in to work with their Tutor. They follow a full programme of Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Education via Tutors, assemblies, subjects and via visitors and “drop down days”. We also have an independent Careers Advisor who works with students. This rich provision allows students to follow their interests, pursue areas via deep learning if they wish or develop a broad portfolio of skills. Enrichment activities are a key part of our curriculum, to help develop the “whole person”.
We believe we prepare the adults of tomorrow for the world of work and for life beyond the formal classroom.
Key Stage 3
Students at Key Stage 3 follow a broad, balanced curriculum in English, Mathematics, Science, Religious Education, German and/or French, History, Geography, Art, Music, Physical Education, Computer Science, Design and Technology (which includes Resistant Materials, Graphics and Food), and Citizenship (which includes Careers Education and Personal Social and Health Education).
School staff and specialist careers advisors are involved in the Careers Education and Guidance programme which aids the transition from school to further education and the world of work. Students have access to individual guidance and have opportunities to experience the world of work. We have strong links with business, commerce and industry.
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4 students follow a core curriculum of English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Double Award Science, Personal Social and Health Education, Religious Education, Citizenship/Careers and Physical Education.
In addition to the core subjects students choose four option courses. Subjects currently on offer are: Geography, History, French, German, Art, Drama, Music, Product Design, Food Technology, GCSE Physical Education, GCSE Religious Studies and Business Studies. Able scientists can choose to study Biology, Chemistry and Physics as one option, topping up the Double Science core qualification taken by all students.
The Governors’ policy statement on Sex Education is:
‘Lady Hawkins’ School is committed to the provision of sex education for all students at the school. In line with current recommendations from the DfE (Department for Education) and the LA (Local Authority) the content will deal with physical, emotional and moral issues.’
The teaching offered to students is intended to be supportive and complementary to that provided by their families. Further details of the sex education programme can be obtained from the school.
Parents are able to withdraw their children from any part of the sex education programme other than the elements of the National Curriculum for Science. Parents who wish to do so should contact the school in writing.