At William Lovell we deliver a well rounded curriculum that creates well-rounded young people, whilst identifying individual talent.



William Lovell Church of England Academy offers a balanced and varied curriculum that allows pupils of all abilities to excel, whilst identifying individual talents. At Key Stage 3 all students follow a broad curriculum. This allows all students to develop essential skills, as well as allowing them to make an informed choice of their Key Stage 4 programme of study during years 9, 10 and 11. This is where they concentrate on their choice of subjects at GCSE.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

“Our key stage 3 curriculum is well matched to students’ needs and aspirations so that all students may learn and achieve.”

The curriculum we follow endeavours to:

  • Build on student attainment at Key Stage 2 and provides opportunities for ‘catch-up’ where there are gaps in key skills;

  • Under-pin the principles of lifelong literacy and numeracy;

  • Provide suitable yet challenging pathways for all students;

  • Provide opportunities which enable students to develop their special talents and interests across all areas of College life;

  • Prepare students for the challenges, responsibilities and experiences of Key Stage 4 and beyond.

The curriculum provides opportunities for students to develop key skills which enable them to become:

  • Effective communicators;

  • Independent enquirers;

  • Team workers;

  • Creative thinkers;

  • Reflective learners;

  • Self- managers;

  • Confident participators.

As a result, students are:

• Successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve;

• Confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives;

• Responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to the Academy, community and society.

At William Lovell we currently run a 2 year Key Stage 3 model.

In Years 7 and 8 students are taught in completely mixed ability forms and after baseline testing they are set into Mathematics, Science and Technology sets then set for all other subjects according to English Ability

Computing is taught as part of the KS3 Technology Curriculum.

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Design Technology, Food Technology and Computing are taught as part of a Carousel Curriculum which rotates each term.

Modern Languages, Literacy and Performing Arts are taught in ability sets.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

“Our key stage 4 curriculum is designed to offer all students the opportunity to access a wide and varied range of qualifications that will allow them maximise their potential and progress into a further education, employment or training.”

We believe that flexibility is vitally important to the Key Stage 4 curriculum. Students will be identified as being on a pathway during their time in Key Stage 3 which will ensure we provide them with the best support and guidance during the options process.

All students at WLA will study the compulsory subjects of:

• English,

• Mathematics,

• Combined Science,

• Core PE/Games,

• 3 Option Subjects.

Students are provided with a wide range of subjects from which to choose including (in alphabetical order):

• Art & Design,

• Catering & Hospitality

• Computing,

• Creative iMedia

• French,

• Food and Nutrition,

• Geography,

• History,

• BTEC Music,

• Sports Studies

• RE/Philosophy & Ethics

English Baccalaureate

We encourage as many of our students as possible to opt for subject which will fulfill the EBaccalaureate qualification to improve their entry results for University/Higher Education.

The options are studied over 2 years with subject specialists, the subjects you must study to achieve the Baccalaureate are: • English, • Maths, • Core Science, • Additional Science, • a Humanities subject, • a Modern Foreign Language and • 3 ‘option’ subjects (see above).

At William Lovell we currently run a 3 year Key Stage 4 model.

Towards the end of Year 8, students at William Lovell will be asked to consider their options for Years 9, 10 and 11. The process is started with the Year 8 options evening, in which all students receive their option booklet. The evening allows students and parents to discuss the courses in detail with subject teachers. During the process each student will be interviewed by Mr Thorpe (Data & IT Manager) to assess their suitability for their Exam choices.

We encourage as many of our students as possible to opt for subject which will fulfill the EBaccalaureate qualification to improve their entry results for University/Higher Education. The options are studied over 3 years with subject specialists. The courses included both elements of Controlled assessment and Written Examinations. 

All students are required to study core subjects such as English, Mathematics, Science, Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education and Core PE.

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The options subjects are selected to suit the individual child's preferences or needs for careers aspirations. They are studied for 3 hours per week.

For any curriculum enquiries, the information below sets out the best person to contact:

(a) For any subject specific query, please contact the relevant Head of Faculty

(b) For any concerns relating to your child's progress across a number of subjects, please contact the relevant Head of House

(c) For queries relating to the curriculum itself, please contact the Curriculum Lead.

A full staff list of names and roles can be found on our website by clicking the 'Academy Information' menu and then 'Who’s Who'.