At Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy, our core purpose is to create a learning experience that is exciting and challenging; broad, balanced and relevant as well as accessible and fun. The curriculum is designed to meet the needs of every student; offering the opportunity to experience, enjoy and succeed in a wide variety of subjects. Our learning experience gives the opportunity for continuity and progression in all areas of development and is both inclusive and challenging. It values our students’ individuality and has a culture of creativity, student agency in learning and consistency at its core.

Our KS3 Curriculum is underpinned by the following principles:

  • To ignite a passion for learning through an enriched experience of education.
  • To be academically and inspirationally challenging
  • To extend our students’ cultural capital

The KS3 curriculum builds on the foundations of KS2, ensuring that it has sufficient challenge for our pupils to secure academic progress in relation to starting points. Each subject has designed their curriculum around the key knowledge and skills required in schemes of learning. Assessment, both formative and summative, is used at key points in the schemes of learning to ensure that the curriculum is delivered to the required depth for our students to make progress. Through the breadth and depth of the KS3 curriculum, our pupils become equipped with the necessary skills to be successful both academically and socially. At its core are high expectations, challenge and the opportunity for all to be successful. Our curriculum ensures that students have an understanding of the world we live in today as well as preparing them for education at KS4 and beyond.