Curriculum Overview

An Overview of Our Curriculum Structure for the 2020-2021 Academic Year – Assuming all students and all year groups are in school

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl.  Instead they put it on a stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16 NIV)

The Governors and staff of Lowton Church of England High School are committed to the providing an excellent education for all those we serve in a Christian context.  We aim to provide a school where we can live out our ethos of Caring, Learning and Succeeding on a daily basis and let our light shine.  At the heart of the commitment is the notion of the uniqueness and infinite worth of the individual, that every person is valuable in the eyes of God and that they are, indeed, the light of the world.

From September 2020 school operates a 3 year Key Stage 3 (KS3), with full curriculum access across years 7 to 9, students in year 9 will make their option choices in Spring Term, 2021.  Our current Key Stage 4 (KS4) cohorts in years 10 and 11 embarked on a 3 year KS4 programme in September 2019 and 2018 respectively.

The table below provides a summary of the subjects studied in each year group and the number of periods per week allocated to each one.

YEAR 730YEAR 830YEAR 930YEAR 1030YEAR 1134
English4English4English4English5English6
Maths4Maths5Maths4Maths5Maths6
Science4Science4Science4Science5Science6
PSHE / RE1PSHE/RE1PSHE/RE1    
RS Literacy1 2RS1RS (GCSE)3GCSE RS/PSHE4  
PE2PE2PE2PE2PE2
History2History2History2    
Geography2Geography2Geography2  PSHE / RE1
MFL2MFL3MFL2    
Computing1Computing1Computing1    
Drama1Drama1Drama1Option A3Option 13
Music1Music1Music1Option B3Option 23
Art1Art1Art1Option C3Option 33
Food & Design Technology Taught in two blocks of 18 weeks2Food & Design Technology Taught in two blocks of 18 weeks2Food / Design Technology & Photography Taught in three blocks of 12 weeks2  Compulsory Lesson 7 English Maths Science History/Geography  1 1 1 1

The curriculum incorporates our vision of students ‘caring, learning and succeeding’ within a Church school framework; rooting the pursuit of academic excellence within the moral and spiritual Christian framework. It recognises the fact that curriculum is the cumulation of every aspect within school and not just subject disciplines.

Our curriculum offer is distinct because it:

  • Is rooted in the Church of England’s vision
  • aims to take everyone beyond their lived experiences
  • values academic excellence alongside character development – morals, mental, physical and spiritual well-being and values to live by
  • is genuinely broad and challenging for all cohorts including SEND
  • supports students in being prepared for and raising aspiration for the future
  • is rooted in the belief of respect for all and forgiveness
  • recognizes that our curriculum design has the capacity to address some aspects of social disadvantage experienced by some of our students due to the local context
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