Curriculum Overview


The Leigh Academy curriculum is personalised to ensure that we meet the needs and aspirations of all students, equipping them with essential skills and attributes that will prepare them for their future lives.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

In 2017 The Leigh Academy became an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School when we were authorized to deliver the IB Career-related Programme at Post-16.  We are now a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme which is being followed by the year 7 cohort.

IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.  The IB Learner Profile underpins all learning and the programme gives structure and coherence to approaches to learning and assessment, placing the students at the heart of their own learning and development.

What is an IB education?


Key Stage 3

At The Leigh our KS3 runs over a period of 2 years.  We are an IB MYP candidate school and so in years 7 and 8 students follow the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme.  This comprises 8 subject groups that must be allocated a minimum of 50 hours per annum. The 8 subject groups are English Language and Literature, Language Acquisition, Mathematics, Sciences, Individuals and Societies, Arts, Design and Physical and Health Education.

For more information on individual subjects:


Students in Year 7 participate in the Healthy Minds programme and curriculum time has been allocated to ensure that our students become more resilient learners through the Penn Resilience Programme.

During Year 8 students make guided choices with their parents/carers, teachers and tutors for their KS4 courses ensuring that our learners are on an appropriate Baccalaureate pathway.


Key Stage 4

KS4 at The Leigh is a 3 year course to maximise the time for each student to engage and achieve these critical courses. When making their choices students are guided to follow one of our Baccalaureate pathways. At Key Stage 4, all students study a core curriculum comprising of the following subjects;

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Physical Education
  • Information Computing Technology

There are three Baccalaureate pathways at The Leigh which consist of the following:

The EBacc Pathway

The English Baccalaureate groups together a range of qualifications identified by the Government as a measure of a student’s performance. In addition to the Core Curriculum of English, Maths and Science students choosing to study in this pathway are required to study a Foreign Language and either History or Geography.

The LeighBacc Pathway

The LeighBacc enables students to study a combination of traditional GCSE subjects alongside vocational subjects, it is unique to The Leigh Academy and is tailored for those students who would enjoy some of EBacc subjects but not want to study them all. For example a LeighBacc Pathway student may choose to study a Foreign Language but not wish to study either Geography or History.

The Design and ITBacc Pathway

The D&ITBacc pathway draws on the fantastic facilities and expertise we have at The Leigh Academy to enable us to personalise the curriculum to meet the needs and aspirations of our students. Design & Technology, ICT and Art are a real strength at The Leigh and we want to recognise that.

Students following the this Pathway are encouraged to study specific subjects (both GCSE and vocational) to ensure that that they are following a pathway rich in design and creativity.


Key Stage 5

Post-16 provision at The Leigh Campus is divided into two P16 pathways which are as follows:

  • GCE programme – AS and A2 Level subjects
  • Vocational programme – BTEC

Students can study in a single pathway or in a combination, the majority of students study three subjects in Year 12 and Year 13. Students

A wider offer, including Level 2 courses, is additionally available for our students to access across the Leigh Academies Trust through LAT16 at both Longfield Academy and Wilmington Academy.

For further information please refer to the current Curriculum Plan.

Please click to view P16 Qualifications offered at The Leigh Academy 2016/2017


P16 2017/2018 Subject Information and Application Form

2017/2018 Subject Directory

2017/2018 Guided Choices Booklet

2017/2018 Application Form

Useful Documents

Curriculum Model 2017-17-18 (.pdf)

Leigh Academies Trust – Curriculum Statement (.pdf)

Year 8 Preparing for Success Evening Presentation (.pdf)

Year 9 Preparing for Success Evening Presentation 2016 (.pdf)the-leigh-academy-ks3-assessment-pdf-lumin-pdf

Year 11 Ensuring Success Evening Presentation 2016 (.pdf)

Fundamental British Values at The Leigh Academy (.pdf)

PSHCRE Delivery Statement (.pdf)