The Livingstone Academy East London Curriculum

Our curriculum is designed to prepare students for their future in a fast-changing digital world. 

The curriculum at the Livingstone Academy is the result of many years of research and development. The long held view of Ian Livingstone that schools should deliver an authentic education better suited to the 21st Century supports the work that Paula Kenning and Steve Kenning, of the Aspirations Academies Trust, have been doing in their schools for over 21 years as Principals.

Uniquely combining the very best elements of tried and tested practice from across our successful existing schools, at Livingstone Academy East London we will ensure all students achieve high levels of success in a broad range of GCSE and A Level examinations whilst at the same time developing the skills required to play an active and successful role in today’s highly competitive, fast-changing digital world.


An excellent education from age 4 to 19

We believe that students make the most progress when teachers build strong and lasting relationships with parents and pupils. This is why when your child starts with us at age 4, they will have an automatic place in our secondary school when they reach the end of Year 6. This allows our teachers to get to know students really well and ensure that they are challenged to achieve their very best and work towards their aspirations.


Curriculum Overview


Reception to Year 4

The six primary age Aspirations Academies all deliver an outstanding education resulting in outcomes that are higher than national average. Our primary curriculum will follow many elements of this model. For example, in the Early Years there is an emphasis on learning through play and exploration but also direct teaching of phonics and mathematics. 

During Year 1 the Aspirations Curriculum will be introduced. During this time subject areas such as geography, science and history will be taught through interdisciplinary projects called Explorer Projects. Spanish teaching will be introduced from Year 1 onwards. Students will begin to put together a Digital Portfolio of their best work using technology. There will also be an emphasis on starting to develop Essential Skills such as problem solving, teamwork and digital literacy, which will be woven into all aspects of the curriculum. 

Year 5 and Year 6

In Year 5 students begin Computer Science lessons where they will learn the basics of Computational Thinking and begin to try their hand at programming. Throughout Year 5 and Year 6 students will continue to study Mathematics, English and Spanish as discrete subjects. They will learn the knowledge and skills for other subject areas through interdisciplinary Explorer Projects.

Secondary Curriculum

Year 7 and Year 8

Maths, English, physics, biology, chemistry, computer science, and languages will all be taught through Subject Learning and built into Explorer Projects where relevant. Art and design, geography, history, philosophy and personal and social education will all also be taught through Explorer Projects. 

Year 9 to Year 11 

All students will complete GCSE qualifications in English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Sciences (double or triple award). Students will have the opportunity to choose one creative option (Art & Design), one humanities subject (geography or history) and one modern language (Spanish or home languages). They will also have the opportunity to take GCSE Computer Science. All GCSE subjects are taught both separately and built upon during Explorer Projects where relevant.

Increasingly in this phase many of the projects will involve students working alongside real companies on Real-World Projects. This approach is already very successfully in place at the two Space Studio schools run by the Aspirations Academies Trust.

Post 16 

All students at post 16 study three A Level subjects and spend one day a week working with real companies on Real-World Projects as part of the Aspirations Employability Portfolio. This is currently in place extremely successfully in all post 16 Aspirations Academies. 

Read more about the curriculum at Livingstone Academy East London in more detail HERE.

Find out more about the Year 7 curriculum HERE.

Find out more about the Reception curriculum HERE.

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Stockley Park East
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