Curriculum Overview

Curriculum Overview


The curriculum encompasses everything that the learner experiences during their time in school, so both in class and out of class. At Little Lever School we aim to provide and deliver a curriculum that improves the life chances of our young people. We must concentrate on English and maths as they provide the foundations for everything else including the progression into the next stages of their life after school. We believe a broad and balanced curriculum is important so our young people have the opportunities to experience a range of subjects to either support their differing aspirations and/or open doors to a range of options for the future.



  • The school day comprises of six lessons (five lessons on Wednesdays).
  • Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8) builds on Key Stage 2 and prepares pupils for study at Key Stage 4.

  • Subjects studied at Key Stage 3 are: art, computing, drama, English, French or Spanish, geography, history, maths, music, PE, PSHCE, RE, science and technology.

  • The students at Little Lever School go through the options process in the Spring term of Year 8 with the support of a programme designed to help them make the right choices

  • Key Stage 4 (Years 9,10 and 11) study core subjects and a range of option subjects for examination in Year 11. There will be some GCSE entries in Year 10 to give pupils the chance and experience of early success. Subjects studied at Key Stage 4 are:

    Core: English, maths, Science, RE, PE and PSHCE

    Options offered (subject to change): art, business studies, computer science, creative imedia, design technology, digital technologies, drama, fashion, French, geography, history, hospitality & catering, music technology, music, photography, PE, separate sciences, Spanish.


Grouping policy

In all lessons, across both key stages teachers plan their lessons to meet the needs of all students in the class.

Generally, pupils are taught in ability groups but in the option groups in Key Stage 4 students are on the whole in mixed ability groups.


Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Development

All curriculum areas have a contribution to make to a student’s SMSC development and it runs through all departmental schemes of learning. The curriculum is more than the sum of cognitive development in lessons. SMSC is also developed through other aspects of school life including assemblies, the activities done through the House system, Edge time and extra-curricular activities.

During Edge time, students will focus on PSHCE, PiXL Edge (an initiative designed to build character, resilience and other vital life skills) and health and wellbeing.

Our new Health & Well-Being programme promotes the positive qualities of living a healthy lifestyle through a range of activities based around nutrition, exercise and mental health education.


The Pastoral System

Edge Tutors, Year Leaders and Pastoral Support staff work together to provide opportunities for students to develop socially and form lasting relationships.

Each Edge Group belongs to a House. We have four houses – Macmillan, Marie Curie, Tomlinson and Christies. The houses raise money for their charity and compete in a variety of activities.