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Curriculum Intent Our curriculum intent


Curriculum Intent

Our aim is for every learner to be able to move seamlessly from LeAF Studio into employment, professional performance or university, equipped with the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding to purposefully engage in all of the challenges and opportunities they will experience.

Our focus is on a ‘Dual Career’ for our students for which we are accredited for through TASS. The TASS Dual Career Accreditation Scheme recognises an education institution’s commitment to dual career support for talented athletes who are in full time education. Our students attend LeAF Studio to focus on their specialism in either sport or performing arts.

Curriculum Implementation – KS4

Students transition to LeAF Studio in Year 9 from across Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire. Our students study English, Maths & Science as core subjects along with four options. Two options are classed as EBacc options and two options are linked to their specialism.

Year 9 is used as a consolidation year to bridge the gap between the key skills taught in years 7 & 8 from the variety of schools and locations from which they have transitioned to ensure the students have what they need in order to be better prepared for their GCSEs.

In years 9 and 10, our Students study English Literature, English Language, Maths and Double Science for 4 lessons each a week. Each EBacc option block has 2 lessons per week, each Specialism option block has 3 lessons per week and 1 lesson a week is allocated for Professional Development covering topics which make them a rounded individual such as British Values, Sexual Health, etc. To add to this, students have 5 lessons of technical training linked to their specialism per week.

In year 11, the curriculum model changes slightly by increasing all the option blocks to 3 lessons per week by reducing technical training as well as having a 1-2-1 support to assist students who are struggling.

The option subjects we offer are:


○       Dance

○       Drama

○       Music

○       Music Technology

○       GCSE PE

○       BTEC Sport

Ebacc option blocks:

○       History

○       Geography

○       French

○       Business

○       Philosophy & Ethics

○       Psychology

Curriculum Implementation – KS5

Both internal and external students transition into KS5 with a clear specialism in either sport or performing arts still with their main aim to be fully or part of their future career.

Each student will study Level 3 BTEC in their specialism up to the 3 A Level equivalent. Should a student wish, there is an option to study the 2 A Level equivalent vocational specialism course alongside an academic A Level.

The subjects we offer are:


○       BTEC Sport

○       BTEC Performing Arts

○       BTEC Music Technology

○       BTEC Music Production

A Levels:

○       Biology

○       Business

○       English Literature

○       Maths

○       Psychology