Key Stage 3 & 4 Curriculum


City of London Academy (Southwark) Curriculum:

The design of the Academy curriculum has three main principles:

  • Choice - we believe students thrive when they have a combination of courses they find challenging and interesting.
  • Stretch & challenge - we have developed pathways that offer additional challenge or support as appropriate to different groups of students.  
  • Progression - with a thriving sixth form, students in year 7 are starting a journey that prepares them for advanced study later in school life, and the curriculum design secures good progression towards that.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum:

During Year 7 and Year 8, in addition to the core subjects of English, Maths and Science, all students are taught:

  • Art
  • Catering
  • Drama
  • French or Spanish
  • Geography
  • Graphic Design
  • History
  • Information & Communication Technology
  • Music
  • Personal, Social & Health Education
  • Physical Education
  • Society, Ethics and Beliefs
  • Textiles

Year 7 and Year 8 Curriculum Plans:

The Curriculum Plans contain essential information on all subjects that students will be studying during the academic year. Each subject page gives the following information:

  • Objectives
  • Curriculum content
  • Assessment & reporting
  • Home learning
  • Key words and meanings

This information will help parents have a broader understanding of the subjects their child is studying this year. Students will also find the key words and meanings of use during the academic year.

Parents/Carers can support their child’s learning by checking their exercise books regularly, ensuring they are responding to teachers’ comments about how to improve. Parents/Carers can also encourage their child to research topics being covered and learn to apply the key words identified.

Copies of the Year 7 and Year 8 Curriculum Plans are also available from the School Office, upon request.

Year 8 Options:

In Year 8, the students choose their options for Key Stage 4. The options booklet for the current Year 8 will be available in March.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum:

All students in Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11 study a core offering in the following subjects:

·        Maths 

·        English

·        Double Science

·        Physical Education (PE)

·        Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)

Depending on ability levels these core subjects can lead to GCSE qualifications in;

·        Maths

·        Statistics

·        English Language

·        English Literature

·        Double Science (or Triple Sciences)

PE and PSHE are non-examined courses although options are available for related qualifications.

In addition to the core subject areas, students have a range of other lessons and some options about what they would like to study. Students are encouraged to consider their future educational placement and careers before making their choices.

The majority of students will take options that allow them to achieve the English Baccalaureate (EBacc). This is not a qualification in its own right; rather it is a collection of GCSE qualifications, which together form the English Baccalaureate. To achieve the EBacc you currently need to obtain GCSE grades A* - C in all of the following:

·        English Language,

·        Maths,

·        Two Sciences,

·        a Modern Foreign Language and

·        a Humanity (History or Geography)

Many of the top universities such as Oxford, Cambridge and the Russell Group universities look more favourably on applicants who have this combination of subjects when applying for certain degree courses. Many employers are also looking for applicants who can speak a language and who have had a broad education, which the EBacc offers.

The current range of option subjects available to the students include:

  • Art
  • Business Studies
  • Catering Studies
  • Citizenship
  • Computing
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • ECDL
  • French
  • Geography
  • Health & Social Care
  • History
  • Hospitality
  • ICT
  • Finance
  • Music
  • Photography
  • PE
  • Graphic Design
  • Religious Studies
  • Spanish
  • Sports
  • Sociology
  • Textiles

In year 10 all students undertake a work experience week, with many gaining placements in the City of London and other City firms. In 2011, the Academy received the prestigious Investors in Careers Award for its work in supporting students.

Gifted and Talented Students:

The Academy is committed to providing an extended and flexible curriculum for gifted and talented students. The programme allows students to develop their independent thinking and enquiry skills in a variety of class based and external activities.

Exciting and dynamic learning opportunities are available to all students identified as part of the cohort. These have included: the science fair, an extra GCSE in Astronomy, master classes in French and Maths, a summer course in Japanese and the extended project qualification.

Students are also invited to field and residential trips, theatre and museum trips, as well as visits to top UK universities and the opportunity to participate in the inspirational speakers programme.

The Academy is continuing to provide unique opportunities to harness the potential of our most able students. Our aim is to ensure they can surpass their own expectations.


  1. Year 7 Curriculum Plan
  2. Year 8 Curriculum Plan
  3. Year 9 Curriculum Plan
  4. Year 10 Curriculum Plan
  5. Year 11 Curriculum Plan