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Curriculum

The Curriculum at The Priory City of Lincoln Academy

The Priory City of Lincoln Academy is committed to providing an education which will engage and challenge students, and meet the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum. The aim is to provide all students with a secure foundation for life beyond school. All students have access to a broad and well balanced curriculum. 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 a school 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 best.

Key Stage 3
In Years 7 to 8 students will study Mathematics, English, Science, Geography, History, Art, Performing Arts, PE, RE and French. In year 9 students have some choice to specialise in some subjects we call the Pathway Subjects. In 2014 students follow three of the following – French, DT-Food, DT- Engineering, DT – Product Design, Art, Music and Drama.

Key Stage 4
All students in Years 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 PE and RE.

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 Priory 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.
In 2014 a group of year 12 students are following an occupational City and Guilds Level 2 course in collaboration with Gelders Educational Training in Construction or Hospitality. This should lead to many of the students beginning an apprenticeship after year 12.

ASSESSMENT 2014-15
Following the changes to the National Curriculum (September 2014) there is no longer a requirement for schools to report assessments using National Curriculum levels.  Following advice, it has been decided that we will continue to use National Curriculum levels for Key Stage 3 for this academic year.  However, programmes of study have been modified to take into account curriculum changes and assessment criteria have been altered in line with this. 

Target Setting

Key Stage 3
Students will continue to be assessed using levels and sub levels.  Students are set targets based on 2 sub levels progress per year.  For English and Maths the targets are based on the KS2 grade achieved.  For all other subjects the KS3 targets are based on a combination of KS2 maths and English results.

Key Stage 4
KS4 will continue to use GCSE grades G – A* and Btec grades Pass - Distinction* for this academic year.   Students are set targets based on 3 and 4 levels of progress using the ladder below.  English and Maths targets are based on the KS2 grade achieved.  For all other subjects the KS4 target is based on the combined KS2 level between English and Maths levels.

 

 

TARGET GCSE GRADE

E

E

E

D

D

C

C

B

B

A

A

A*

Target Year 9

4c

4b

4a

5c

5b

5a

6c

6b

6a

7c

7b

7a

Target Year 8

3b

3a

4c

4b

4a

5c

5b

5a

6c

6b

6a

7c

Target Year 7

2a

3c

3b

3a

4c

4b

4a

5c

5b

5a

6c

6b

KS 2 level achieved

2c

2b

2a

3c

3b

3a

4c

4b

4a

5c

5b

5a

Assessment
Assessment takes places and is reported home regularly throughout the year. At KS3 students are awarded the sub level that they are presently achieving in a subject. At KS4 and KS5, a teacher awards a grade which reflects the final grade a student will receive in a subject if they continue their present approach throughout the course.

 

    The Priory Federation of Academies, Lincoln