Our vision is for an authentic education for the 21st century for children from the age of four to 18. We want all students to achieve high levels of success in a broad range of examinations at a variety of ages, whilst simultaneously equipping them with the knowledge and skills required to play an active and successful role in today’s highly competitive, fast-changing world.

The curriculum of Livingstone Academy Bournemouth aims to reflect the local community and the particular needs of its pupils. The curriculum structure and aims are driven by:

  • The Early Years curriculum requirements, and the National Curriculum in Key Stages 1, 2, 3 and 4
  • Trust-wide KS2 and KS3 curriculum development, the ‘No Limits: Education for success in the 21st century’
  • The EBacc GCSE academic programme at KS4
  • The Aspirations Employability Diploma (Aspirations ED.) programme at Post-16 level

The curriculum outline developed by Livingstone Academy Bournemouth reflects the knowledge and skills and the local social and employment context that pupils need in order to take advantage of opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. The curriculum will also help to powerfully address social disadvantage.

In Reception, your child will:

  • Play and explore
  • Actively learn
  • Be creative and think critically
  • Learn phonics daily
  • Be treated as unique
  • Be challenged at their level
  • Focus on learning and developing ALL the time
  • Have high expectations

By the end of the Reception Year, the literacy ability of each child will have been fully assessed.

In Years 1 to 4, the curriculum will be varied and engaging:

  • Skills, not content driven
  • Project based learning
  • Literacy and numeracy: discrete and reinforced in creative curriculum
  • Digital output will be combined with written output
  • All students will maintain a digital portfolio of their best work from Year 3
  • Computational thinking skills will be woven into all aspects of the curriculum
  • Regular testing/assessment
  • Aspirations (creative) learning sessions
  • From Year 2, pupils will take the English Speaking Board qualification to improve their confidence and speaking skills
  • Spanish introduced in Year 1

From Year 7, your child will experience a broad and balanced curriculum resulting in the achievement of ten GCSE’s by the end of Year 11:

  • English Literature and English Language
  • Mathematics
  • Physics, Chemistry and Biology
  • Computer Science
  • Geography
  • History
  • And a choice of one from: Spanish, Hindi, Mandarin or Art and Design

The following electives will be taught in each Year Group (7-11) but will not be examined: Theatre and Music Performance and Technology; Innovation Technologies; PE; PSHEE; Philosophy (RE).

typical year 7/8 week timetable example

SubjectPeriods per week
English3 (Plus extensive English in assignments)
Art and Design/Design Technology/Food/Creator Space carousel2
PE and Performance3 (2 per week in PE, 1 per week in Dance/Music/Drama)
Geography and History2
Applied Transdisciplinary Assignments6
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A pioneering school for the 21st century, opening in September 2021. Livingstone Academy Bournemouth will provide a comprehensive education for students aged 4 to 18,…

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