Curriculum Overview

Academic Year 2018-2019

Year 7 Weekly Lessons Year 8 Weekly Lessons Year 9 Weekly Lessons Year 10 Weekly Lessons Year 11 Weekly Lessons
English 4 English 4 CORE CORE CORE
Maths 5 Maths 5 English 5 English 4 English 5
Science 3 Science 4 Maths 5 Maths 4 Maths 5
RE/RS 2 RE/RS 2 Science 5 Science 4 Science 5
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 4
Music 1 Music 1 Option B 3 Option B 3 Option B 4
Art Art 1 Option C 3 Option C 3 Option C 4


Food & Design Technology


Food & Design Technology





Total 29 29 29 29 29


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

At Lowton Church of England High School our core mission is to offer students an intellectually stimulating and enriching environment to achieve their academic and personal best . We believe that our values of ‘caring, learning and succeeding’ should underpin our broad and balanced curriculum that is designed to:

  • 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 are developed in all year groups and across the curriculum:

  • Basics skills in literacy and numeracy:
  • Spiritual, Moral, Cultural, Mental and Physical Development (SMCMPD).
  • Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE). 
  • Careers Education and Independent Advice & Guidance (CEIAG).
  • Skills in using new technology.
  • 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. There is a strong focus on ensuring that all students develop basic skills in literacy and numeracy. We use a combination of Reading Programmes such as Accelerated Reader, Corrective Reading and Read to Achieve to personalise students’ literacy development and boost all students’ reading skills. Literacy and numeracy intervention is provided for students who are working below expected standards in these areas, whilst our ‘Read to Achieve’ programme provides stretch and challenge to the more able. Within mathematics a combination of Maths Recovery and First Class Number are used to help students working below expected standards on entry to ‘catch up and keep up’.

In KS3 students are taught in a combination of ways including mixed ability 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.  There is the flexibility for students to changes sets where beneficial. This combination of grouping allows students to learn, achieve and develop social skills across a broad range of settings.


From Year 9 there is increasing personalisation and choice as students begin to specialise in areas of interest or need. We operate a 3 year Key Stage 4 with Y9 as the transition year which allows students to develop firm foundations in their chosen subjects whilst also allowing them the additional time required to fully explore the breadth and depth required in the new GCSE’s.

Our core curriculum of English, Maths, Science, and Religious Studies GCSE is studied alongside compulsory PE and PSHE.  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, German, Spanish, Triple Science, Computing, Creative I-Media, Art, Photography, Food & Nutrition, Physical Education, Drama, Music and Resistant Materials
  • Vocational / Alternate Qualifications: V Cert in Craft, ECDL, Certificate of English, Maths & Science.  ASDAN PSHE Short Course, L1 – Transport & Maintenance. Mentoring & Outreach with The School Of Military

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.

Curriculum – Current Position & Vision Autumn Term 2018

Curriculum Intent & Vision
To educate, care and develop the whole child by providing all students with a safe intellectually stimulating and enriching environment in which they can achieve their academic and personal best.

Our aim is:
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 and resilient citizens.

To develop students’ knowledge, understanding, skills and qualities helping them to acquire learning behaviours that support them beyond school and promote high aspirations.

This current vision was informed by the Head teacher, Curriculum Lead and Senior Leadership team in collaboration with our subject leaders, staff, students, parents and Governors.  The curriculum is legally compliant, meets SIAMS recommendations and the governments new RSE requirements whilst offering breadth and balance.

Principles & Distinctiveness Underpinning The Curriculum Approach 

  • Achievement for all
  • Strong Church School ethos
  • Traditional academic curriculum featuring mainly GCSE’s, focus on quality not quantity with reduced numbers and financial constraints
  • 3 Year Key Stage 4 curriculum introduced in September 2016 for current year 10 at the time of new GCSE specifications and limited KS4 option choices.
  • Literacy & Numeracy for all in Y7
  • Early entry RE to develop GCSE readiness.
  • A strong careers programme from year 8 onwards, meeting Gatsby requirements.
  • Pupil led choices, with clear SLT guidance and recommendations. Final curriculum choice / approval lies with curriculum lead
  • Increase EBAC numbers where appropriate
  • The vast majority of pupils follow at least one Humanities course at KS4.
  • Formative and summative assessment drives adjustments to the curriculum to meet the needs of classes, cohorts and individuals.

What Does our Broad & Balanced Curriculum Look like.

Subject Choices: Curriculum Overview

There are currently some development areas in our curriculum at Key stage 4 due to our previous need to focus on a small number of subjects due to cohort size.  We are beginning to increase our alternate curriculum provision to meet the needs of individuals and small groups through providers such as Fix It, Fisheries, School of Military, Oakfield, Nisai, and Wigan College. In addition to support our core offer of GCSE’s we run Certificate courses, functional skills and ASDAN in school.  Y8 options litmus will obtain pupil voice on introduction of potential new subjects such as business, Sport and Fitness, Childcare, Health and Social care and Digital Media, Business Studies, Construction as these are some of the gaps in existing provision.

Curriculum Content:  Decisions based on curriculum content lies with Heads of Departments, KS3 and KS4 leaders.  Delivery methods remain with teacher preference.  KS4 content is driven by GCSE specifications. KS3 content is driven by a combination of breadth of topics, subject knowledge and skills depending on HOD preference.  Year 9 is a Foundation year for most subjects however English, Maths, Science and RE are fully delivering the KS4 GCSE specification.  There is a strong focus at Key stage 3 to improving students’ literacy and numeracy and KS2 prior learning is accommodated where evident and possible. Quality assurance is by HOD & SLT link.  Specification selection by HOD, approved by SLT link and Curriculum Lead. Regular formative and summative assessment based on  knowledge and skills application demonstrate pupil progress towards challenging school targets. This consists of interim and key assessments with clear shared feedback that impacts and drives curriculum adjustment.  Lesson delivery has clear and planned feedback opportunities.  Quality assurance of assessment and purpose by HOD, SLT link, departmental collaboration and work scrutiny. Overseen by AHT Standards. Quality of lesson deliver is assured by HOD, SLT link and AHT T&L.  T&L development and lesson delivery is supported by the schools development programme on Mondays, offering training, opportunities to standardise and share practice, teacher, subject and school to school collaboration.

Wider Learning to enrich students’ experiences: 

Well planned and structured Form Time with an attendance focus, the Biq Question, House, year and whole school Assemblies, 5 a day worship and careers input.

Whole school Enrichment events 3 times per year to broaden and enhance students’ experiences

Dedicated curriculum time one lesson per week for delivery of PSHE within Lowton Values & Ethics lessons across KS3.

Dedicated curriculum time one lesson per week for PSHE and Careers lessons in year 11

Careers provision both within curriculum time, form time and enrichment days plus addition educational visits and opportunities, including taster sessions and individual work experience.

Educational visits – theatre, field trips, stem, post 16 taster session, galleries and museums to enrich curriculum offer within subjects and broaden student opportunities, experiences and outcomes

Charity and community work,   School Chaplain, Beacon, extra-curricular clubs and teams, organised holidays

Student Leadership Opportunities such as paired reading, prefects, school council, house captains, sports leadership and coaching.

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