William Lovell C of E Academy:
Curriculum Intent Statement
At William Lovell C of E Academy, we are committed to developing every aspect of the child - not only the academic, but the moral and spiritual too, ensuring that outstanding academic progress goes hand in hand with strength of character.
We believe that every pupil deserves the very best in educational provision. We believe that we have a social responsibility to improve the lives and life-chances of our young people. Therefore, we are relentless in our belief that in improving outcomes for all, we improve life-prospects for all; therefore, our curriculum is designed to ensure that every child leaves school with the widest possible opportunities.
We are committed to offering students a wide, relevant, and engaging curriculum, taught by excellent teachers.
Therefore, these are the over-arching aims of our curriculum:
• To stretch and challenge students, so that they meet their full academic potential
• To enable students to make rapid progress, so that even where students have low starting points, students can still achieve in line with minimum national expectations
• To ensure that students are prepared for the next step of their education and able to access their preferred post-16 destination
• To raise aspirations of learners, so that learners have a whole world view and recognise the limitless possibilities of their own futures
• To prepare students for an ever-changing job market, ensuring that they have the skills and personal attributes required for jobs that may not yet exist
• To instil a joy of learning and pride in achievement, developing students’ sense of self-worth and personal wellbeing
• To support students’ social development, so that they grow as individuals, as members of families, and as members of social, economic, and cultural communities
• To ensure that students understand their rights and responsibilities as global citizens, learning to appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a diverse multicultural society, accepting their social responsibilities
• To ensure that students become well-rounded young people, who will leave the school as safe, happy and successful young adults
• To build and promote our Christian values of: Generosity, Respect, Justice, Forgiveness and Truth
In order to ensure breadth of curriculum for as long as possible, students choose options in Year 9 ready for Year 10. This enables students to engage with a broad range of subjects in Year 7-9, before specialising in their chosen subjects in Year 10 onwards.
Years 7, 8 and 9
In Year 7, 8, and 9, each subject follows the national Programme of Study. Each subject has designed a strategic five-year-plan, building on knowledge and skills in primary school and preparing students for the expectations of Year 10 and 11. Five-year-plans are devised with challenge and student engagement in mind, with learning pitched appropriately to accelerate progress.
In Year 7, 8 and 9, students study a mixture of academic, practical and creative subjects:
• The Arts (Music, Performing Arts, Art)
• Humanities (Geography, Religious Studies, History)
• Technology (Food, Graphics, Computing, Resistant Materials)
• Physical Education/Games
Years 10 and 11
The options process takes place in Year 9 at William Lovell C of E Academy. We aim to give students as much choice and flexibility as possible, though this is inevitably sometimes challenging in smaller year groups. The options process encourages students and parents to consider the following factors when choosing option subjects:
• Enjoyment of and engagement with the subject
• Current progress and attainment within the subject
• The ‘mix’ and ‘balance’ of chosen options
• Links to future career aspirations or intended post-16 destination
• Fulfilment of the English Baccalaureate
The most significant impact of our curriculum to date is our academy destinations figure. Where an average of 95% of students in Lincolnshire go on to education, employment or training after leaving school, at William Lovell C of E Academy, our student destination figure sits at 98%, with a three year trend of improvement.
In terms of academic outcomes, in 2017-18, we saw improvements in the percentage of students achieving English and Maths at Grade 4/5 and above. In addition, we saw significant improvements in the percentage of students achieving Grade 5 or above in Maths (as well as impressive improvements in overall progress).
Additionally, progress in Art, Science, Food and Nutrition and Religious Studies was significantly strong. In Art, 96.8% of students achieved a grade 4 or above – the highest pass rate for Art in the local area.