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‘Leaders provide pupils with a curriculum that is well thought out and takes into account the needs and aspirations of the pupils’. (OFSTED 2017)
‘The curriculum provides pupils with what they need in order to make informed decisions about the next stage in their education’. (OFSTED 2017)


Please click here for the Dean Trust Curriculum Statement 2020-2021.


Curriculum Intent

Lord Derby Academy is proud to offer a traditional and inclusive curriculum. The curriculum has been carefully designed to match the abilities, interests and aspirations of pupils, to fulfil the ambitions of parents/carers for their children and to meet with the requirements of further education providers and employers. Curriculum content across subjects is primarily knowledge based and is increasingly designed to build on the findings from cognitive scientific research.

The LDA curriculum is broad and balanced. The school operates a traditional three year Key Stage 3 and two year Key Stage 4. There is no early entry for the core GCSE qualifications. All pupils sit linear examinations at the end of Year 11.

For further information about the school curriculum please contact the Deputy Headteacher, Mrs J Ellis.

Key Stage 4

The majority of pupils follow the English Baccalaureate pathway at Key Stage 4.

The English Baccalaureate comprises the following GCSE subjects:

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Combined Science or 3 Separate Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
  • History
  • Geography
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Computer Science

In addition to the EBACC subjects, pupils also have the opportunity to study two subjects from the following list:

  • Astronomy
  • Art and Design
  • Art Photography
  • Business Studies
  • Child Development
  • Design and Technology
  • Dance
  • Digital Applications
  • Drama
  • Film Studies*
  • Food Preparation and Nutrition
  • German*
  • Hair and Beauty
  • Health and Social Care
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Psychology*
  • Sports Studies
  • Statistics

*Subject to availability

The Key Stage 3 Curriculum

The Key Stage 3 curriculum is underpinned by the four Dean Trust core curriculum values: Powerful Knowledge, Ambition and Aspiration, Global Citizenship and Healthy in Mind, Body and Soul.   The KS3 programme of education is designed to ensure that all pupils have access to a broad, balanced and aspirational offer that builds on the knowledge and skills acquired at KS2.  The core subjects of English, mathematics and science sit at the heart of the KS3 offer together with a very real focus on humanities subjects and Modern Foreign Languages.  Pupils also benefit from the study of a wide range of technology and expressive arts disciplines as well as Physical Education, Computer Science and Personal, Social and Health Education.  Alongside the academic curriculum, pupils follow a Personal Development Curriculum during Form Time which provides further opportunities to develop the cultural capital they need to succeed in life.


Homework is seen as a very important tool to consolidate learning in class and to encourage further progress. All subject areas are expected to set homework once a week. In certain subject areas, such as within Expressive Arts, a project might last over a number of weeks.

Higher Achieving Pupils

Higher achieving pupils are appropriately challenged to allow them to flourish and leave our school with the best qualifications possible. This is done by providing them with first-rate opportunities to develop the skills, confidence and attitudes needed to succeed at the best colleges and universities. For more information see the Teaching and Learning section ‘Higher Achievers’.

Special Educational Needs

Lord Derby Academy is a very inclusive school and children with a wide range of special needs are very successfully included in our mainstream setting, with effective support appropriately targeted to them.

Additional information for parents

Information about the exam boards can be viewed via Lord Derby Exam boards 2020-2021

 Curriculum contact

Mrs J. Ellis, Deputy Headteacher


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