The Academy strives to provide the right curriculum for every child and subject departments regularly review their programme of learning to ensure the engagement of all students.
At ESLA we recognise that the personal development of students, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve. We therefore aim to provide an education that provides young people with opportunities to explore and develop their own values and beliefs, spiritual awareness, high standards of personal behaviour, a positive caring attitude towards other people, an understanding of their social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of other cultures. All curriculum areas have a contribution to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our students and opportunities for this will be planned in each area of the curriculum as well as through extra-curricular activities.
Citizenship education develops the knowledge, skills and understanding that our students need to play a full part in society as active and responsible citizens. As an Academy we prepare our students for their future through the development of skills such as decision making, ethical behaviour, leadership & initiative and resilience, encouraging them to make a positive contribution and achieve economic well-being.
Our mainstream curriculum provision is both broad and diverse. Our Academy building and “learning park” allows for innovation to take place both inside and outside the classroom. ‘Innovation cells’ are in place to enhance the curriculum whilst developing students’ knowledge, skills and qualities.

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 all students study the following subjects:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Religious Education
  • Physical Education
  • IT
  • Art
  • Design Technology
  • Geography
  • History
  • Music & Theatre Studies
  • Spanish


Key Stage 4

There are some subjects that all students must study. These are:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Religious Education
  • Physical Education
  • IT

Students will be able to choose 3 additional subjects from a wide variety of traditional and vocational subjects including;

  • Art & Design
  • Business Studies
  • Childcare
  • Computer Science
  • Drama
  • Engineering
  • Food Technology
  • French
  • Geography
  • Graphics
  • Health and Social Care
  • History
  • Law
  • Music/Music Technology
  • Photography
  • Resistant Materials
  • Separate Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
  • Spanish
  • Sport

With the correct option choices, students can be awarded the English Baccalaureate.

The English Baccalaureate is not a new qualification in itself. It will recognise students’ achievements across a core of selected academic subjects. The English Baccalaureate covers achievement in English, mathematics, sciences, a language and a humanities subject and is vital for entry to university.


The Small Learning Community (SLC) provides a specialist curriculum for students who require an extended period of transition into mainstream programmes.

The Student Support Centre (SSC) provides a specialist curriculum for students who require additional support with their GCSEs.


Post 16 Provision

We are committed to working with all our young people to develop their own personal pathways to success. This will be delivered through a strong focus on innovation and excellence via the provision of the right curriculum and the best learning support for every student.

The curriculum on offer encompasses a wide range of traditional and vocational A Level courses including:

  • AS levels
  • A2 Levels
  • BTEC Level 3 Certificate (AS Level)
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (A2 Level)
  • NVQs at Level 3 and 2

Students may opt to study both traditional and vocational courses.

Should you wish to find out more about the curriculum or student experience at the Academy, please email Ms N. Runcie, Assistant Head of School at enquiries@esla.org.uk.


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