The intent of the curriculum at St. Luke’s is to empower and enable our students to develop the skills required to lead a successful adult life. We recognise there are large gaps in students’ education prior to arrival and are developing rigorous systems for baseline testing (PASS, CAT, LASS, reading ages and subject specific) to ensure our curriculum and interventions target, stabilise and reverse the deterioration in acquisition of skills. The curriculum is coherently planned and sequenced towards cumulatively sufficient knowledge and skills for future learning and employment. The curriculum is adapted, designed and/or developed to be ambitious and meet the needs of every student, developing their knowledge, skills and abilities to apply what they know and can do with increasing fluency and independence. The curriculum includes not only the formal requirements of the national curriculum, but also core skills and knowledge that all students will need in order to lead a successful adult life. Social aspects that are essential for lifelong learning are also an important part of our curriculum.

  • To successfully match students’ abilities to our curriculum, we are committed to:
  • Using encouragement and authentic praise to engage and motivate the students.
  • Using a range of engaging and interactive teaching and learning styles.
  • Differentiating learning materials and resources.
  • Using education health care plans effectively to support individual needs.
  • Continually assessing students’ learning through a range of methods, including marking in the moment.
  • Additional class support.
  • Additional out-of-class support.
  • Tailored interventions and support programmes.
  • Mentoring and therapy.
  • Assessment procedures that emphasise our students’ strengths and achievements.

Year 7 and 8

When students join St Luke’s Academy, they are assessed to identify their strengths and areas for development. We aim to develop the students’ knowledge and skills across our curriculum in a supportive, therapeutic, and encouraging way. There is a focus on English and maths, but we offer the students skills for life. Our students’ study 10 subjects:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Community and Citizenship
  • Topic — History, Geography, Science, and R.E.
    Physical Education
  • Art and Design
  • Mechanics
  • Forest Schools
  • Food Technology
  • Design Technology

Year 9, 10, and 11

When the students enter KS4, they choose their options to gain a greater depth and knowledge in their chosen area of study. Alongside a focus of English and maths, we concentrate on a variety of vocational qualifications and GCSEs that aim to build on the students’ growing knowledge and skills.

Our curriculum offer consists of:

Core subjects

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Community and Citizenship
  • Physical Education
  • Life/Work skills

Vocational courses

  • BTEC Sport
  • Art and Design
  • Catering
  • Mechanics
  • Woodland Management
  • Construction
  • Childcare
  • ICT

The aim and expectation is for all St Luke’s Academy students to leave with a range of skills and qualifications that provide them with purposeful opportunities for the next stage of their education journey and support them in society.

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*In accordance with the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 section 71, parents have the right to withdraw their children from all or part of RE and acts of collective worship on religious grounds. Parents should make their wishes known to the Headteacher who will ensure that any pupils who are withdrawn are appropriately supervised while the act of collective worship / RE lesson takes place. Pupils can be withdrawn wholly or partly from acts of collective worship only by parents.