Laurence Jackson School strives to inspire excellence in learning and life through a curriculum designed to inspire personalised academic excellence for students of all abilities. Students will experience an academic and practical curriculum that is ambitious, broad and varied and aims to foster a joy for learning. Our curriculum focuses on teaching children knowledge and skills that will be valuable to them throughout their lives. Our academic curriculum is supported by a strong personal development curriculum that places emphasis on mutual respect, tolerance and understanding that everyone is an individual.

Students will experience:

  • An academic and practical curriculum that is ambitious, broad and varied
  • Quality first teaching to develop curriculum knowledge and skills
  • An education that provides opportunities outside the classroom

Our Intention:
Our curriculum is founded on the following principles:

  • Students acquired subject-specifics knowledge and are able text, questions and solve complex problems
  • Students will have opportunities to practice the subject specific knowledge and skills they have learning
  • An increasing number of students will be entered for the English Baccalaureate
  • Literacy development and reading is prioritised and enhanced for those who need that additional support to enable success
  • The fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect for those with different faiths and beliefs are taught explicitly through the Personal Development curriculum
  • Students experience a careers education based on the Gatsby benchmarks supporting their next steps

Key Stage 3 Curriculum Design:
The curriculum is deliberately broad and varied at KS3 with all students studying a broad range of subjects,
both academic and practical, through Years 7 to 9. Students are taught in both ability pathways and mixed ability groupings. Students are grouped in broad ability bands in Years 7 to 9. At Key Stage 3 there is a small Nurture group in Key Stage 3 that supports students who have Educational Health Care Plans.

Subject

Numbers of lessons per
 two week cycle

 

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

English

7

7

8

Mathematics

8

8

7

Science

5

5

5

MFL

5

5

5

Learning 4 Life

2

2

2

Geography

3

3

3

History

3

3

3

PE

4

4

4

Computer Science and ICT

2

2

2

Music

2

2

2

Drama

2

2

2

Design Technology

4

4

4

Art

2

2

2

Religious Education

2

2

2

All lessons are 1 hour in length and there are 25 lessons per week.


Key Stage 4 Curriculum Design
At Key Stage 4, options provide a rich choice of both academic and vocational provision to inspire all students to be successful on their future pathways. Students select GCSE options during Year 9 and begin to study their chosen subjects in Year 10.  Students are encouraged to study a range of academic and practical subjects at GCSE or equivalent tailored to their ability. In Years 10 and 11 there is a focus on developing the knowledge, understanding and skills that will lead to exam success and the key skills that students have developed at Key Stage 3 are further refined to ensure that they are equipped to excel in their chosen range of subjects.  Students continue to be grouped in four board ability bands in Key Stage 4 and are set by ability in the academic options subjects.  Students option choices are guided through a pathway approach that sets out recommended numbers of academic and vocational qualifications but all students are expected to continue to study a Humanities subject and most to continue with a Modern Foreign Language.

Subject

Number of lessons per
two-week cycle

Year 10

Year 11

English

8

9

Maths

7

9

Science

10

12

PE

4

4

Learning4Life (PSHE)

1

1

Option 1

5

5

Option 2

5

5

Option 3

5

5

Option 4

5

5

All lessons are 1 hour in length and there are 25 lessons per week.


Details of the range of Key Stage 4 qualifications and their course content can be found by clicking here.

In addition to our curriculum model we also offer a range of intervention programmes to support learning in subject curriculum areas and all four broad areas of need. We deliver a range of interventions which support students identified as having cognition and learning needs or specific learning difficulties, which is our largest area of identified need. The Interventions which focus on literacy and numeracy skills are:

  • Lexia Power Up – Literacy intervention which focuses on word study, grammar and comprehension
  • SNIP Literacy – Focuses on improving students reading and spelling through high frequency words
  • Catch Up Literacy – Structured one to one intervention which focuses on reading
  • Box Dictation – Visual support with handwriting and spelling
  • Beat Dyslexia – Multi-sensory approach to support students with Dyslexia with reading, writing and spelling
  • Plus 1, Power of 2 and Power of Time – coaching programmes to support progress in Maths

 

We also deliver a range of other interventions to support students in the areas of Communication and Interaction, Physical and Sensory and Social Emotional and Mental Health. The delivery of these programmes supports students to access our learning environment.

  • Talk about Teenagers – Developing social and emotional communication skills
  • Understanding Myself – For students with a diagnosis or on the pathway for ASD
  • Write from the Start – Motor skills programme
  • Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) – mentoring identified students

 

Our interventions are targeted at specific students and regularly monitored and reviewed. Students are identified for interventions through our Graduated Approach.

The Personal Development Curriculum:
We aim to develop our students’ understanding of their place in an ever-changing world as part of inspiring them to a successful future.  Personal Development at LJS is built upon inspiring all students to be excellent in life beyond school. We prepare our students for the current challenges they face beyond the school gate and the challenges they will encounter in their adult lives.
We develop responsible citizens who are

  • ready and eager to discover interests and talents and learn independently
  • respectful of themselves and every member of our community
  • resilient and adaptable in the face of challenge
  • reflective about their learning and themselves

This is supported through:

  • Morning Registration and our form tutor programme of activities
  • Timetabled PHSE curriculum through Learning for Life
  • Wider Engagement activities- both extra-curricular and enrichment
  • Pastoral and wellbeing support
  • Careers information, education, advice and guidance

Careers Education:
Our careers education programme begins in KS3 and provides students with an understanding of the world of work and the careers which will be available to them locally, nationally and internationally. Work Experience Week during Year 10 is also an important vehicle for inspiring students to look ahead to future career opportunities and helps guide their decisions about education post 16.

We offer a quality and comprehensive careers education, information, advice and guidance programme that support our students make realistic and informed decisions about their career pathways.

We support students by providing access to differentiated, impartial and independent information and guidance about the range of options (including academic, vocational, apprenticeships) and introducing them to employers to prepare them for the world of work regardless of the pathway they choose.

Further details of Careers at Laurence Jackson School can be found here.

Educational Opportunities beyond the classroom:
At Laurence Jackson School, we aim to Inspire Excellence by looking ahead to the future and out to the wider world. Students will experience an education that develops the whole person, where students develop strong character attributes to be successful in life in line with the school ethos. Developing our students’ understanding of their social responsibilities as citizens of our school, our community, our country and internationally is central to this aspect of our ethos. This character development is being enriched by the development of our SMSC and Learning4life (PSHE) curriculums.

Laurence Jackson School is a school that is proud to serve its local community and seeks to develop students’ understanding of their place in that community.  We also provide opportunities for our students to have a range of cultural experiences and ensure that they have opportunities to learn about, and travel to, communities that are outside our locality.  We offer additional opportunities for all students in order that they can achieve at all levels. Our intent is to deliver additional learning experience that meets the needs of individual students. We are proud of our wider enrichment offer, open to all students that broaden opportunities and experiences.

Sport is a central part of our school life both within the curriculum and through enrichment activities because we recognise that good physical health supports good mental health and that developing a love of being active and a value of physical fitness is an important part of preparing our students for successful futures. Sporting opportunities at Laurence Jackson School also provide an opportunity for students to engage with others outside of our local community through regional, national and international competitions.  We offer students across all year groups the opportunity to develop their knowledge, skills, talents and interests through an extensive provision of extended learning and diverse enrichment. Our programme is designed to offer high quality activities across a wide spectrum of different domains (for example cultural, creative, sporting, physical, service-oriented and leadership opportunities) which enable pupils to participate over time, learn and improve in their chosen activities and compete or perform as appropriate. A broad range of subject specific and special interest enrichment groups are held during and after school. Examples include:

  • Student Leadership Initiatives
  • Student Councils
  • Sporting activities
  • Musical activities
  • Performing Arts activities
  • Creative activities
  • Chess Tournaments        
  • Life skills Clubs for example, First Aid club                                             
  • Subject enrichment sessions and trips
  • Homework Clubs
  • Scholar Award Programme
  • Service oriented activities, for example charity fund raising activities
  • Engagement with local or national organisations such as the Duke of Edinburgh awards and the National Citizenship Service