Curriculum Overview

Academic Year 2019-2020

Year 7 Weekly Lessons Year 8 Weekly Lessons Year 9 Weekly Lessons Year 10 Weekly Lessons Year 11 Weekly Lessons
English 4 English 5 CORE CORE CORE
Maths 5 Maths 5 English 5 English 5 English 5
Science 3 Science 3 Maths 5 Maths 5 Maths 5
RS/PSHE 2 RS/PSHE 2 Science 5 Science 5 Science 5
PE 2 PE 2 RS 3 RS 3 RS/PSHE 1
History 2 History 2 PE 2 PE 2 PE 1
Geography 2 Geography 2
Computing 1 Computing 1
Literacy 2
Drama 1 Drama 1 Option A 3 Option A 3 Option A 3
Music 1 Music 1 Option B 3 Option B 3 Option B 3
Art 1 Art 1 Option C 3 Option C 3 Option C 3

Food & Design Technology


Food & Design Technology



Option D 3
Total 29 29 29 29 29

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 provision of a high quality education 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.

Our mission is to welcome students into the Lowton family and provide an intellectually stimulating and enriching environment in which they can thrive, and achieve their academic and personal best.

We aim to:

  • Promote an understanding of Christian faith and British Values in such a way that tolerance, compassion and a sense of responsibility are highly valued personal characteristics. Allowing them to become successful resilient citizens
  • Develop students’ knowledge, understanding, skills and qualities helping them to acquire learning behaviours that support them beyond school and promote high aspirations.

      School operates a one week timetable with 29 lessons of 50 minute duration.

We believe that our values of ‘caring, learning and succeeding’ permeate throughout the school and underpin our curriculum and Christian ethos.  Our broad and balanced curriculum is designed to be a 5 year journey that:

  • Meet the needs and interests of all our students.
  • Enable our students to develop the knowledge, understanding, skills and qualities to enable them to become effective lifelong learners.
  • Enable students to develop the knowledge, understanding, skills and qualities to enable them to become and successful, compassionate and resilient citizens.
  • Enable students to achieve academic and personal success
  • Build student aspirations and prepare them for the next steps in their future education, employment or training
  • Promote an understanding of the Christian faith and British Values in such a way that tolerance and compassion towards others are highly valued personal characteristics.
  • Promote employability skills
  • Meet statutory requirements

The following areas of cultural wealth are a vital part of our curriculum, and students’ educational journey with us. These are offered and developed in all year groups and across the curriculum:

  • Spiritual, Moral, Cultural, Mental and Physical Development (SMSC).
  • Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE). 
  • Careers Education and Independent Advice & Guidance (CEIAG).
  • Enrichment e.g. through themed learning days and additional curriculum opportunities.
  • A range of extra-curricular provision.

In Years 7 and 8 students follow the National Curriculum with a strong focus on ensuring that all students develop their skills in literacy and numeracy. Students are taught in a combination of ways including mixed ability classes across Humanities, Science, Expressive Arts, Languages and Technology. Students are generally grouped in sets based on prior attainment in Mathematics and broad setting is utilised in English. This combination of grouping allows students to learn, achieve and develop alongside all of their peers.

We operate a 3 year Key Stage 4, with Y9 as the transition year, providing students with more learning time in their chosen subjects, allowing them to fully explore the breadth and depth offered in the new GCSE’s.  Our core curriculum of English, Maths, Science, and Religious Studies GCSE is studied alongside compulsory PE and PSHE. We enter students for GCSE RE Year 10, this helps spread the demands of the numerous examinations over a longer period and provides our students with the opportunity to experience and learn from examination preparation and completion.

In addition students are guided to select 3 option subjects that will give them their best access to future pathways. The vast majority of students will retain a traditional and broadly academic curriculum, with most students studying either History or Geography. There is an expectation that those who are able, follow the English Baccalaureate and continue with a Language in addition to their Humanities. Other students study Technical Awards, Vocational Qualifications or Certificates and Diplomas alongside their GCSEs.  In KS4 students are grouped in sets according to prior attainment in English, Maths, Science and Religious Studies.  In options subjects students are generally taught in mixed ability groups.  Options booklets are available detailing the courses offered at KS4, for each year group within this Key Stage. This is a summary of our KS4 Option Choices:

  • GCSE’s: Geography, History, French, Spanish, Triple Science, Computing, Creative I-Media, Art, Photography, Food & Nutrition, Physical Education, Drama, Music and Design Technology
  • Vocational / Alternate Qualifications: Certificate of English, Maths & Science.  L1 – Transport & Maintenance. Mentoring & Outreach with The School Of Military, Land-based studies and level 1 / 2 Animal Care

Each subject has a section on the school website which provides more detail, including contact details should you require more information.  Please contact Mrs Shaw to discuss anything further regarding our school curriculum.

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