Key Stage 5

Loreto Education - 'Vision and Values'

Loreto schools and colleges in England are centred in God, rooted in Christ and animated by the spirit of Mary Ward, the founder of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Our vision is that they will be educational communities where each person has the experience of being loved and valued as a sacred individual created by a loving God; communities where students enjoy an enriching and liberating education that helps them grow into the fullness of life and empowers them to be men and women of courage who are alive to the needs of humanity and committed to making a better world.

The curriculum

Our curriculum offer at Key Stage 5 is extensive, offering 25 different A level courses. The curriculum is supplemented by our varied enrichment programme, which includes EPQ, core maths, yoga, cooking and beginners Spanish. The majority of students study 3 subjects; in exceptional circumstances they may choose to study four. New subjects introduced for study in the sixth form include economics, government and politics, psychology and sociology. Our teachers are passionate about their subject areas and provide students with excellent learning experiences. Study skills are fostered by providing opportunities for students to engage in their learning outside the classroom, by undertaking independent research and by taking part in super-curricular activities. This ensures that they have the necessary skills and knowledge to be successful in their post-18 choices.

A stimulating programme called Aletheia runs throughout Year 12 and 13 and all students are required to participate. The lesson is timetabled for three periods over the two weeks. The course gives students the opportunity for spiritual reflection, the chance to examine moral issues and debate. It incorporates time for personal reflection and development of faith. Although there is no external examination, students are required to keep a reflective log in the form of a booklet that will be assessed throughout the year. Key skills developed throughout the programme are desirable for any profession or further education pathways, such as debate, enquiry, service, understanding of beliefs and perspectives and awareness of others. 

Curriculum Maps

Our curriculum maps can be viewed by clicking on the links below.

Aletheia

Art and Design 

Biology

Business Studies

Chemistry

Classical Civilisation

Computer Science

Design Technology

Drama

Economics

English Language

English Literature

Form period and CIAEG

French

Geography (Human)

Geography (Physical)

German

History

Latin

Maths

Further Maths

Music

Philosophy, Ethics and Theology

Physics

Politics

Psychology

Sociology

Spanish

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Posted on: 22/10/2021

Summer School 2021

Loreto was delighted to provide an optional Summer School funded by the Department for Education to support pupils in making up for education missed during the Covid-19 pandemic. This was a welcome opportunity to offer all new year 7 students an insight into the Loreto Community and also additional support for some of our Year 10 students to recover lost curriculum and prepare for year 11. Year 7 Summer School A choice of 2 different weeks were offered to all incoming Year 6 students (our new Year 7) and this flexibility, together with the overwhelming support from parents and carers, ensured a take up of more than 87% of the year group. With the help of staff and sixth form students the aim of the weeks was to support the transition from primary school to secondary school. We gave the new students an opportunity to experience the school environment and ethos without the daunting aspect of many other students. The students were split into groups, to facilitate greater social interaction and allow new friendships to be formed.  In a very short space of time, we saw their confidence grow along with their awareness of the Loreto community.   The students were fortunate to be able to experience many different aspects of a secondary school curriculum. Over the course of the Summer School two weeks, pupils were able to engage in a mixture of academic and enrichment activities in Science, Mathematics, English, History, Geography, Music workshops, Creative Arts, Languages and even an indoor planetarium. The students also grew their talents and explored the arts and this will lead to their Arts Award qualification during 2021/22. An enlightening experience for the whole Loreto community – both staff and pupils alike.    The students also had the invaluable opportunity to meet new peers and get to know each other in their new setting, particularly during their free time at break and lunch. The students also had tours of the school to prepare them ahead of the start of the academic year, guided by a sixth former perspective.   Feedback from students and parents\carers   “I just wanted to drop you a note to say Thank You for hosting a wonderful summer school last week. My daughter had an awesome week meeting new friends, exploring the school and of course learning lots!  It really was a fabulous week and now she is excited and ready for September.  Please pass on our thanks to the teachers, sixth-formers and all the staff.”  “I'd also like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all the staff involved in putting on this week. It has been great for the girls to get the chance to feel a bit more comfortable in their new surroundings and start making new friends. After a long and testing academic year it really is very generous of so many people to volunteer their time. “  Year 10 Summer School The Year 10 summer school in English offered provision for students to benefit from additional support in both English Language and English Literature. This included some revision of key skills including language analysis and reading strategies and introductory work on a set text in English Literature. It enabled some diagnosis of student's needs in order to inform an ongoing programme of support throughout year 11. Summer School Funding Funds Claimed from the Department for Education (695 student days of summer school) £39,485 NB Loreto delivered the summer school at 5% less than the DfE allocation of £299 per student per week with an actual average cost of £285 Costs:- Staffing – including all oncosts for 36 external and internal teaching and support staff (11 days of summer school delivered) £18,506 Daily refreshments and lunch for all attendees £3,740 Special activities – hire of planetarium £590 Educational resources for all subjects taught (including full moderation and certification of the Arts Award) £7,027 Educational resources – including allowable investment in technology and equipment (demonstrating good value for money as this will be used subsequently for the long term benefit of the pupils) £7,649 Other – site costs and cleaning £1,973 Total Cost £39,485  Read More
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