School Curriculum

School Curriculum

School Curriculum

Lord Derby Academy is proud to offer a traditional curriculum which matches the abilities and aspirations of our pupils, fulfills the ambitions of parents/carers for their children and meets with the requirements and expectations of further education providers and employers.

Promoting British Values at Lord Derby Academy Adobe PDF

The Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Lord Derby Academy Key Stage 3 curriculum fully prepares our pupils for Key Stage 4 and beyond. The main emphasis of this 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.

Year 7  overview Adobe PDF          Year 8 overview Adobe PDF          Year 9 overview Adobe PDF


The Key Stage 4 Curriculum

The newly designed Key Stage 4 curriculum offers a very traditional and well- balanced range of courses, with the essential subjects of English, mathematics and science remaining at the core of our provision. All pupils have access to a minimum of nine qualifications.

Year 10 overview Adobe PDF                       Year 11 overview Adobe PDF

Year 9 Options Booklet Key Stage 4 2017-2019 Adobe PDF


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. Our homework timetable can be downloaded from here.

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.

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.

English Baccalaureate

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

Subjects included are:

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Double or 3 Separate Sciences
  • History
  • Geography
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Computer Science

As well as studying these subjects, pupils will have the opportunity to study two subjects from the following list:

  • Astronomy
  • Art and Design
  • Business
  • 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
  • Sports Studies

Additional information for parents

Information about the exam boards can be viewed via Lord Derby Exam boards 2017-18 pdf icon.

Curriculum contact

Miss V Gowan, Headteacher