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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 2019-2020.


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 Headteacher Miss Gowan.

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

*Subject to availability

The Key Stage 3 Curriculum

The Key Stage 3 curriculum offers variety, creativity and challenge. It fully prepares our pupils for Key Stage 4 and beyond. A common Year 7 curriculum is being developed across the Dean Trust secondary schools in 2018 which builds on the Assessment Objectives from Key Stage 2. The main emphasis of the curriculum lies with the core subjects of English, mathematics and science and there is also a very real focus on the humanities subjects and Modern Foreign Languages. Pupils also study a wide range of technology and expressive arts subjects during Key Stage 3 as well as Physical Education and Personal and Social Education.


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 2019-2020

 Curriculum contact

Mrs J. Ellis, Assistant Headteacher


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