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Curriculum

Curriculum Overview

The Priory Lincoln Academy is committed to delivering an education which will engage and challenge all students.  Everyone is encouraged to reach their full potential, develop better knowledge of the world and follow their own personal goals.  In order to ensure that we improve the like chances of our students to become true citizens of the world we reflect the Priory Baccalaureate in our academy curriculum. 

Students have a broad and well balanced curriculum to provide a crucial and secure foundation for life beyond the Academy.  This is supported by high quality teaching and strong pastoral care ensuring that all our students are able to realise their full potential.  Progress is reviewed on a regular basis. This data is used to report on progress to parents and to inform students and teachers on areas for improvement.  As an academy we actively mentor our students to give extra support both socially and academically, allowing them to achieve their best and to become valued and empowered members of society.  Additional support is provided when we feel that individual students are not on course to achieve their potential.

In Years 7 and 8 students will follow a curriculum that reinforces and develops the core knowledge, understanding and skills that will lead to their success in formal examinations at KS4. Students study mathematics, English, reading, science, geography, history, French, design and technology, art, performing arts, physical education and religion and ethics. Some students will undertake challenge lessons where they will be supported to achieve an early GCSE in L1/2 higher project qualification. 

All students in Years 9, 10 and 11 study English language, English literature, mathematics, science, and four other subjects from guided selections that could be traditional academic courses, vocational courses or an appropriate combination.  Students also follow courses in physical education and religion and ethics.

Across all year groups a comprehensive series of lessons, assemblies, curriculum enrichment days, external speakers and educational visits are used to support the wider aspects of education engaging with the Priory Baccalaureate.

Sixth Form

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 vocational courses or a mixture of the two.  To give our students increased access to wider subject choices, the academy works in partnership with the Priory Academy LSST and the Priory Witham Academy.  Many students successfully follow one or two subjects at these other institutions, travelling between sites in the academy’s minibus.  All students are supported with personalised careers advice to make an informed choice as to their next steps.  The majority of students successfully enter the UCAS application process and go on to degree level study after Year 13.


Our L2 vocational training centre allows Some Year 12 students the opportunity to follow occupational City and Guilds Level 2 course in construction, motor vehicle maintenance and hospitality.  Students also have the opportunity to transfer to Witham Academy to undertake a L3 vocational qualification in childcare.  This vocational route should lead to many of the students beginning either an apprenticeship after Year 12 or further specialised study at another institution.

Assessment Overview

Students throughout Year 7 and 8 will follow programmes of study with an emphasis on knowledge and its application. Students’ progress will be tracked against the assessments carried out within lessons and through formal assessments of a wider body of knowledge.  Information regarding progress will be sent home frequently to inform parents of progress and will be used to inform an improvement dialogue with students.

Students in Years 9, 10 and 11 will be assessed as above and their progress will be communicated using the GCSE grades 9-1 (9 as the highest grade) and BTEC grades Distinction*- Pass.  

Students are set targets based on primary school performance.  English and mathematics targets are based on expected progress from the Key Stage 2 scores achieved in those areas.  For all other subjects the GCSE target is based on the combined KS2 level between English and mathematics levels.  Progress Checks are sent home regularly indicating effort and the 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.