Our Curriculum

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Our approach is broad-based, integrated, cross curricular and hands-on.  We help students develop the higher-order thinking skills they will need not only in examinations, but in the workplaces of the future. There are three critical pillars to this approach:

  • Experiential learning– we make learning as relevant and meaningful as possible by putting things into practice  Eg. Learning about marine conservation whilst out on a tall-ship in the Med or environmental change through studying in the Alps – making it real makes it more relevant and interesting.
  • Integrated learning – we connect key themes to make more sense of what’s being taught and to reduce the cognitive load. This includes both the Humanities via ‘themes’ and linking teaching approaches in STEAM – so that there is one methodological approach in maths and physics and synergy between theory and practice eg forces in physics linking to pulleys and levers in DT and computing
  • Design thinking – we teach students to go beyond knowledge acquisition to developing the skills needed to compete in a global marketplace increasingly dominated by AI and place importance on creativity, teamwork and problem-solving skills.

Celebrating Effort

We believe it is important to reward effort as well as achievements. Students are encouraged and rewarded at weekly assemblies and end of term awards and we hold a celebration evening at the end of each school year to reward their achievements.

Subject Choice

LPS Clapham offers a wide range of subjects, sports and activities, enabling students to take a varied range of GCSEs and IGCSEs across the arts, languages, STEM subjects, humanities, music, drama and sport.

As a smaller school within a larger group, our bespoke approach means that we are always willing to discuss the possibility of subjects that might be unavailable in larger schools; please ask.

Years 7 - 9

All students study the following subjects:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • How Science Works
  • English
  • Maths
  • Physical education/games
  • History
  • Geography
  • Modern Foreign Languages (French & Spanish)
  • Computing
  • Theology, Philosophy and Religion (TPR)
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Art
  • Design Technology

In addition, students are encouraged to get involved in community projects and leadership challenges.

Years 10 and 11 - GCSE

Students study for eight to ten GCSEs, five or six of which are compulsory. Students choose an additional three or four subjects on top of these.  Depending on the subject and the student, some subjects may be taken earlier than others.

Compulsory subjects

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Maths
  • A Modern Foreign Language (currently French or Spanish)
  • Science: either Triple Award (ie separate qualifications in Physics, Chemistry and Biology) or Double Award (a combined qualification resulting in 2 GCSEs across 3 sciences; Physics, Chemistry and Biology)

Students then choose two or three subjects from the following options:

  • History
  • Geography
  • Religious Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Fine Art
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Design Technology
  • Physical Education

Additional Subject Choices

We are always willing to investigate additional subjects; for example, Classical Civilisation, Business Studies, Latin, Greek, Italian, German or Mandarin, Further Maths.

Subject Overview

Integrated Learning

In Years 7-9 we study the humanities together.  This interdisciplinary method of teaching and learning enables us to mutually strengthen and consolidate the key skills applicable to English, History, Geography, and TPR. Students are encouraged to draw on connections between these subjects and consider the world through different perspectives, as they investigate thematic units such as ‘London’, ’Family and Relationships’, ‘Propaganda and Persuasion’, ‘Revolution’ and more. Students will benefit from a curriculum that capitalises on cooperation, connection, and a learning style that reflects the way in which we live and work today.

An example of an integrated unit is our Year 7 unit on Childhood:

  • English – A close study of extracts from Alice in Wonderland
  • History – Childhood in the Victorian era
  • Geography – Life in cities and the country
  • TPR (theology, philosophy & religion) – Children’s rights and responsibilities

This approach enables us to move through content much more quickly and for students to make relevant contextual links thus enabling the development of higher order thinking skills.