Laurelhill Community College
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Curriculum

Overview

At Laurelhill Community College all pupils follow a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum which is tailored for the individual strengths and interests of the pupils. We place each pupil in appropriately sized groups consistent with their ability profile. Those children with Special Educational Needs receive support from specialist staff to help them meet their full potential.

The school is exceptionally well resourced with specialist rooms equipped to a high standard with each subject having its own dedicated area. There is a managed computer network system providing excellent opportunities for ICT. The sports facilities in the school boast extensive pitches including all weather, multi-sport 3G, two grass football pitches and a rugby pitch.

Our Library holds an impressive collection of books and magazines along with computer terminals which have intranet and internet access. It is open throughout the school day and after school for private study and class use, as well as being a centre for independent study and recreational reading.

Each pupil benefits from the expertise and dedication of our staff and pupils benefit from engaging, inspiring and challenging learning experiences. Our aim is to produce confident young people who are equipped with the necessary skills and attributes needed for life beyond school.



Key Stage 3

The curriculum in Laurelhill Community College is broad throughout the school but particularly at Key Stage 3 (year 8 to 10). We believe that all pupils should be given the chance to explore a variety of subjects before refining their educational pathway at Key Stages 4 (year 11 and 12) and 5 (year 13 and 14). The range of subjects studies by pupils at Key Stage 3 is listed below:



In addition, pupils study Learning for Life and Work which includes Citizenship, Home Economics, Employability and Personal Development.

In year 8 all pupils study ICT as a discrete subject with skills being further developed through cross-curricular ICT in year’s 8 to 10. Cross-curricular skills in communication skills using mathematics are also developed throughout Key Stage 3 and are assessed at the end of year 10.



Key Stage 4

The Key Stage 4 curriculum offer is tailored each year to meet the needs and aspirations of the pupils in the relevant year groups. We offer pupils a broad range of courses leading to GCSE or equivalent qualifications. All pupils study GCSE in English Language, Mathematics and a GCSE or equivalent in Science. Furthermore, all pupils follow a non-exam course in LLW, Physical Education and Religious Education. Other courses are arranged into option blocks, where pupils select four of the following subjects:





Key Stage 5

At Key Stage 5 (years 13 and 14) we offer a comprehensive range of GCE A Level and equivalent courses. Pupils also attend Careers education classes to support them as they move towards employment or education at a higher level.

Courses are arranged into option blocks, where pupils select three of the following subjects:



(* Subject is studied off site as part of the Lisburn Area Learning Community.)