Curriculum

Our Aims

At Bishop Luffa we aim to develop confident, capable outward looking learners who have the ability to contribute to society because everyone matters. The school puts pupils at the centre of a culture that engages an exciting and innovative curriculum that in turn enables the mutual enrichment of the school, its pupils and the local wider community and business.

Our Curriculum looks to value the development of the whole person, through understanding and application of academic knowledge alongside exploring their creative nature through the arts and the world of design. Underpinning this we look to support their personal journey with God as they explore what their faith and means to their lives and others.

Curriculum details

Key Stage 3

All pupils follow a common curriculum of English, Maths, Science, Art, Drama, Foreign Languages (in Year 7 pupils follow French with extended taster experiences in German, Latin and Spanish), Geography, History, Computing, Music, Philosophy for Citizenship (P4C), Physical Education, Religious Education and Technology. In Years 8 and 9 pupils have the opportunity to select which language they would like to follow from French, German, Latin and Spanish. In Year 9 pupils have the opportunity to refine their Technology pathway to two subjects from Food preparation and nutrition, Product Design and Art Textiles.

Key Stage 4

All pupils follow a core curriculum of English, Mathematics, Science (Science A and Additional Science), Religious Education, Physical Education and Philosophy for Citizenship (P4C). In addition pupils to personalise their curriculum by choosing three subjects from Art, Art Textiles, Business Studies, Computing, Dance (Btec), Drama, Food preparation and Nutrition, French, Geography, German, History, Latin, Media Studies, Music, Physical Education GCSE, Product Design, Spanish and Sport (Btec). Some pupils will be able to study Biology, Chemistry and Physics (by using the time allocated to Science and one additional option subject called Triple science), or The Key Skills. Within this choice of three subjects pupils who have the ability will be expected to select one language.

The list of subjects available to be selected may change according to the availability of staff. The choices are constructed after ‘market research’ when the pupils are in Year 9. This establishes which courses will be viable. There is curriculum support for pupils with Special Educational Needs, including exceptionally able pupils.

In addition to the taught curriculum the school offers a wide and dynamic range of extra curricula sport, performing arts and subject based clubs. Pupils can undertake the Duke of Edinburgh awards and be part of fundraising events to support school charities.