Curriculum

At Les Beaucamps High School we believe in a knowledge rich approach. We aim to provide students with a broad, balanced and knowledge rich curriculum. The core aims of our curriculum are as follows:

Core Aims:

  1. Acquisition of knowledge is our core aim. Pupils learn knowledge which empowers them to understand the world around them, develop cultural capital and enable them to access further and higher education, university, employment or an apprenticeship.

  2. Our curriculum is seen as a progression model, which is broad, balanced and coherent. As pupils learn and remember the content of the curriculum, they are making progress.

  3. We expect pupils to remember what they have been taught and use it to make sense of what they will learn in future years. This is achieved through a strong emphasis on interleaving, retrieval practice and sequencing.


Our Subject leaders are currently striving to ensure their curriculums meet these three principles. Following this, they will be regularly reviewing and adapting their curriculums to ensure they are always evolving and improving.

We have high expectations for all our children and young people and the curriculum enables them to become:

  • Effective Contributors

  • Healthy & Active

  • Confident Individuals

  • Safe & Nurtured

  • Successful Learners

  • Included & Respected

  • Responsible Citizens

  • Reaching their Individual Potential

  • Key Stage 3

At KS3, our aim is to build knowledge and enjoyment in a range of subjects for their own sake, rather than as simply working towards GCSE courses.

We have a three-year Key Stage 3 where students do not follow GCSE pathways or have their curriculum narrowed. We believe students should have a broad and balanced curriculum for as long as possible, thus enabling them to access the arts and technology subjects for at least 3 years. It also allows our students to make informed decisions when selecting their Key Stage 4 subjects. Students with additional needs may have support both academically and socio-emotionally, and therefore their curriculum may be adapted to meet their needs.

In the January of Year 9, students select their GCSE options. They are supported with this process through individual conversations with students and their families. The process is managed carefully to ensure students make choices that enable them to have the best chance of success and achieve their potential.

At Key Stage 3 students have the following number of lessons per subject, each lesson is 50 minutes long.

An example KS3 timetable:

  • Key Stage 4

Our Key Stage 4 curriculum takes place over 2 years. All students study Maths, English and Science, and the majority of students will also study English Literature.

Students are required to select four option subjects from from at least three of the subject blocks below:

  • Humanities

  • Languages

  • Arts

  • Science and Technology

This ensures that a number of our students follow the full Ebacc suite and demonstrates the high level of aspiration we have for them.

Further details of the option subjects available can be found in the options booklet located here.

Students will also complete two lessons of Core PE and 1 PSHCE lesson per week.

In addition, there are occasions where students may complete an additional GCSE (e.g.: Russian Language GCSE).

An example KS4 timetable: