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Curriculum

Curriculum Overview

The Priory City of Lincoln Academy is committed to providing an education which will engage and challenge all students. All students have access to a broad and well balanced curriculum. The aim is to provide all students with a secure foundation for life beyond the Academy. We aim to provide high quality teaching combined with strong pastoral care so that our students are able to realise their potential. Progress reports are sent home regularly. As an academy we mentor our students to give extra support both socially and academically to allow them to achieve their best and to become valued members of society. Additional support is provided when we feel that individual students are not on course to achieve their potential.

Key Stage 3

In Years 7 to 8 students will study Mathematics, English, Reading, Science, Geography, History, French, Design and Technology, Art, Performing Arts, Physical Education, Religion and Ethics. Some students will undertake Challenge lessons.

The curriculum ensures students master the core skills needed to achieve success.

Key Stage 4

All students in Years 9, 10 and 11 study English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Science, and three optional subjects that could be traditional academic courses or vocational courses.   Students also follow courses in Physical Education and Religion and Ethics.

Key Stage 5

The majority of students in Year 12 and 13 follow Level 3 courses, building on successes at GCSE. These courses may be academic A levels or BTEC vocational courses or a mixture. Many students successfully follow one or two subjects at The Priory Academy LSST, travelling between sites in the academy’s minibus. Many students are supported through the UCAS application process and go on to degree level study after Year 13.
Some Year 12 students follow occupational City and Guilds Level 2 course in Construction or Motor Vehicle Maintenance. This should lead to many of the students beginning an apprenticeship after Year 12.

Assessment Overview

Key Stage 3

From autumn 2015 students throughout Key Stage 3 will follow the new programmes in all subjects.  Students will be given their GCSE Target Range in each subject. These have been calculated using a student’s Key Stage 2 raw scores.  A subject specific skills framework has been created against each Target Range.  A student’s progress will be tracked against the skills framework during lessons and information regarding progress will be sent home frequently.

Key Stage 4

Students undertaking Key Stage 4 courses will be continued to be assessed using GCSE grades A*-G (9-1 for Year 10 English and Mathematics, 9 as the highest grade) and BTEC grades Distinction*- Pass.   Students again are set targets based on their Key Stage 2 raw scores.  English and Mathematics targets are based on the Key Stage 2 grade achieved.  For all other subjects the Key Stage 4 target is based on the combined KS2 level between English and Maths levels.  Progress Checks are sent home regularly indicating effort and predicted grades a student is likely to achieve if they progress at their present rate.

For more detailed information please refer to the Assessment, Recording and Reporting Guidance Document.