The curriculum at Sir John Leman High School is broad, balanced, relevant and differentiated; a curriculum which ensures progression and continuity for every student. It is a curriculum which is at the forefront of curriculum development whilst maintaining the best of what has gone before with personalisation at the heart of our curriculum offer to all learners.
We encourage all learners to pursue excellence and to work to the best of their ability, this being underpinned by our motto “achievement for all”. We encourage the whole school community to develop a love of learning and so become life-long learners. We hope all our learners will take responsibility for their own learning, develop good learning habits including co-operation, collaboration, persistence and resourcefulness. We want all to think about how they learn, how to solve problems and make decisions.
Curricular Provision is based on a two-week timetable consisting of 50 one-hour lessons.
In Y9 we complete Key Stage 3 by providing a broad based curriculum. All students study:
● English ●History ●Music
● Mathematics ●Geography ●Art
● Science ● Religious Studies ●Drama
● Technology ● MFL ●PE
●ICT ●Learning 2 Learn ●PSHE
On entry to the school students are placed in mixed ability tutor groups. For the majority of lessons teaching groups will be formed from mixing up 3 tutor groups to create 3 mixed ability teaching groups. In the core subjects, Maths, English and Science learners are set according to ability with each of these areas taking responsibility for how they set students. Sets are regularly reviewed with movement between sets occurring where and when appropriate. Languages identify, through links with feeder schools, the more able linguists who then study Spanish in addition to French.
In Y10 and Y11, Key Stage 4, we offer a more personalised curriculum enabling everyone to find a combination of courses which complements their interests and talents. We are able to cater for the needs of all our learners from the most academically gifted to those with special educational needs. All learners have the opportunity to choose from GCSE, Vocational/BTEC courses or more practical, work-related course, at the North Suffolk Skills Centre.
At Key Stage 4 all students follow a core curriculum (35 periods)
● English ● Technology (Food, Resistant Materials or Graphics)
● Mathematics ● PSHEE ● PE
● Science (Dual Award) ● Religious Studies ● ICT
We currently run an early entry policy for English Language in the November of Y11 for all our students.
More able students in RS are entered for Short Course RS in Y10 and the Full Course in Y11.
Additional subjects are selected from a range of courses:
French Spanish History Geography Business Studies
Music PE Art Triple Science
Vocational (School based)
Performing Arts (Music Theatre or Acting)
Society Health and Development (Diploma)
Work-related Curriculum (North Suffolk Skills Centre based)
Hospitality and Catering
All students are offered and encouraged to take a minimum of one week of Work Experience towards the end of Y10.
The Sixth Form (Key Stage 5)
Students obviously enjoy life at our school as many of them choose to continue to study in our Sixth Form.
There is a welcome for each student no matter what level of ability, providing there are courses available to suit their needs. The school has a large Sixth Form with a good reputation for success.
Students from within the school and other potential Y12 learners are encouraged to contact the Sixth Form Team to discuss options and possible post-16 routes.
What we offer is
Level 3 (Advanced Level) courses
These are two-year courses tailored to a student’s strengths. Each student typically chooses four subjects from a wide range of academic and vocational courses. Advanced level qualifications lead to university or employment.
Level 2 courses
This is for one year of study focused on a vocational area and is available for those who wish to improve their existing Level 2 qualifications. Successful completion can lead onto Level 3 courses or into employment.
We believe that for students to achieve their best and be well-prepared for adulthood it is essential that the curriculum is further supported and enriched in a number of ways.
At Sir John Leman High School we offer young people opportunities to participate in a wide range of activities including Sport, Music, Duke of Edinburgh Award, inter-school and intra-school competitions etc. A full range of activities is always available and regularly up-dated to reflect the fact that these activities change to respond to the interests of our students.
Extension & Support
We offer extension activities to our students through:
● a full programme of educational trips and visits
● a range of inputs from outside experts
● early entry opportunities
● broad and varied programme of Enterprise Activities
We offer support to students through:
● a team of Learning Support Assistants
● close work with a range of outside agencies
● input from alternative educational providers
● planned intervention
● use of the Study Plus programme
● revision classes, including Easter Revision