Our curriculum

A curriculum that delivers an education of excellence for all.  The Leigh Academy Bexley aims to equip students with the knowledge, skills and experiences so that they can play an active and informed role in modern 21st Century Britain. 

We believe passionately in the mastery of the core within a broad, balanced and coherent curriculum that develops the whole child holistically. 

The curriculum is shaped by, and deeply rooted in, the strongest available evidence about how students learn and retain knowledge in the long term. We value the uniqueness of each subject we offer. We are committed to students engaging deeply and comprehensively with both substantive and disciplinary knowledge so that they achieve strong outcomes throughout each phase of the curriculum. From September 2023, the Middle Years Programme (MYP), a two year Key Stage 4 and the International Baccalaureate Careers Programme (IBCP) will develop in The Leigh Academy Bexley students the confidence in managing their own learning and making connections between their learning in the classroom and the real world.

Our curriculum prepares students to lead fulfilling and successful adult lives: inquisitive, articulate and internationally engaged, our students are defined by their boundless thirst for knowledge, self-improvement and learning.

We have a deliberately planned and sequenced 7 year curriculum journey.  We have identified and considered the knowledge, skills and values that enable academic excellence and develop quality of character.  Directors of Learning and teachers then plan backwards from this point, to ensure that at each phase of their journey they receive a rigorous, coherently and intelligently sequenced curriculum.  

Our robust assessment practices carry real meaning: they explicitly challenge the  misconceptions of students, so that our lessons are unapologetically focused on removing the barriers to learning for all learners. 

Students have deep and substantive knowledge precisely because this is deliberately planned, honed and mastered. Our schemes of learning are interleaved, providing ample and timely opportunities to purposefully practise skills and retain knowledge in the long term.

We strive towards our students increasingly making progress at or above national standards. We do this precisely because they have engaged deeply and meaningfully with a broad and balanced range of diverse and challenging academic and vocational disciplines.  Students can make informed post-18 decisions, most suited to their interests, abilities and future career goals due to the quality of the qualifications and character development they have received at our academy.

Curriculum by Key Stage

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Leigh Academy Bexley is committed to providing a curriculum that is challenging, broad, balanced and appropriate to each student’s ability. In addition to English, mathematics and science, all Key Stage 3 students study Art, Drama, Music, History, Geography, French or Spanish, PE, Technology, and ICT.

We are proud of the diverse range of high-quality GCSE and vocational courses that all students have access to. We are confident that the curriculum we offer to students will equip them with the qualifications, knowledge and skills they will need to lead successful and fulfilling adult lives. The decisions that students will make are therefore important and consequential. It is for this reason we are absolutely committed to providing students and families with comprehensive and individual support at each stage of the options process. Whilst all students will study GCSEs in English, Mathematics and Science, students and families will be taken through a guided process so that an informed decision can be made with confidence about the options your child wishes to make for Year 10 and 11.

This is an exciting time to be part of the Leigh Academy Bexley Sixth Form. Students will study 3 subjects from a range of A Level and Vocational courses, which are designed in a way that students can pick sensible combinations, which allow for progression onto pathways of higher education or into the world of work. Students will also have an opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills by gaining extra qualifications, such as EPQ or Core Maths, as well as building their professional profile through weekly career development opportunities. Students’ timetables will see them have a daily lesson of their chosen subjects. Teachers will work with students to ensure they are equipped with the relevant skills they need to be able to study independently which will prepare them for life after Sixth Form. 

All students in the sixth form benefit from a programme of careers interviews, work tasters and opportunities to meet with employers and higher education providers.  All aspects of the support have proved advantageous and have played a large part in our students successfully gaining university places. 

Leigh Academy Bexley Sixth Form is about to embark on an exciting journey over the next few years and this is a fantastic opportunity to be a part of this. We believe in encouraging our students to leave us with as many opportunities available to them as possible, giving them the tools to make informed decisions and be excited about their future.

For further information, please email info@labexley.org.uk.