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Curriculum

Lab shot 2 boys practicalLucton provides a broad, challenging and stimulating range of academic subjects at all levels. This is supported by a rich programme of extra-curricular activities, lectures, conferences, and visits. For the Sixth Form, great emphasis is made to accommodate your personal preferences, and often includes unusual subject combinations.  

Prep School

The curriculum in the Prep School is broad and balanced and goes far beyond the National Curriculum for England and Wales.  All pupils devote an hour each day to both English and Mathematics and also develop their scientific expertise through theoretical study and practical experimentation. French and Spanish are introduced from Reception. Other subjects taught include Science, Geography, History, ICT, Design Technology, Art, Music, Speech and Drama, RS, PSHE, PE/Games and Swimming.  Pupils also enjoy “Forest School” in our woods.

Middle and Senior School

The Middle and Senior School curriculum is again broadly based on the National Curriculum for England and Wales.  Science is taught separately as Biology, Chemistry and Physics from Year 7, normally leading to qualification in three GCSE subjects in Year 11, although there is an option for pupils to take Science and Additional Science. French and Spanish are taught as compulsory subjects in Years 7, 8 and 9 for the majority of pupils, with a small number of pupils taking Extra English in place of a second foreign language.  ICT is taught as a specific subject in Years 7, 8 and 9 and its use is encouraged for coursework in other subjects.

Prep / Homework

A small amount of homework/prep is set in the Prep School. Prep School pupils are usually asked to read aloud to their parents and occasionally there may also be a few tables or spellings to learn. Pupils in the Middle and Senior School are set homework according to a timetable which specifies two or three subjects per evening. The amount of time allocated per subject should be approximately 20 minutes in Year 6, 30 minutes in Years 7 & 8 and up to 45 minutes in Year 9 except English and Mathematics which will have up to 60 minutes.

In Years 10 & 11 each subject is allocated up to 60 minutes except for English and Mathematics which will have up to 90 minutes. It is expected that A level students will complete at least 4 hours of private study per subject per week. All homework tasks should be completed by the pupils during the evening for which they are set.  All pupils are given a prep diary in which all homework tasks should be recorded.  Parents and Form Tutors are asked to monitor homework diaries and sign them each week.