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Specialist College

The College is designated as a Specialist College for Visual Arts, Science with Mathematics and Applied Learning. This allows us to provide specialist teaching at a high level. Our students have an enhanced range of experiences available to them. These range from summer schools that ease the transition from year 6 to 7, to master classes for our students and for students from The Lancaster School.

The College was designated as a Specialist College in September 2001. This has allowed us to provide specialist teaching in art at a level not normally found in other schools. We have superb facilities for digital art which allow students to develop their skills in the use of ICT in art. The curriculum at Key Stage 4 gives all students the opportunity to study two art subjects. We have taken a leading role across Leicester City in giving a higher profile to the visual arts. We work with our partner primary schools to identify students who have the potential to achieve at a high level in art.

In 2005 we were designated a High Performing Specialist School and were asked to take on a second specialism of Science with Mathematics. We have developed distinctive approaches to teaching and learning in Science alongside those in place in our first specialism. Our partner programme of work with Primary and Secondary Schools will now be based around both of our specialisms.

In September 2006 we applied for and were successful in achieving a third specialism – Applied Learning, becoming one of only 107 vocational specialist schools in the country. This has allowed us to develop a more flexible personalised curriculum to meet individual needs and to establish clear 14 – 19 progression pathways for our students.

If you would like any more information about the broad based curriculum we offer please feel free to contact the Senior Leadership Team. If you wish to know more about specific subjects please speak to the Curriculum Team Leader.

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