The curriculum at KAA is rich and balanced. Academic excellence, high aspirations and creativity are the driving forces behind the structure of the curriculum. In Year 7 a large amount of time is devoted to the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science. We believe that a strong grounding in these areas is essential to equip students for further study at Advanced and Degree level, and to support their development in other subjects. Our curriculum covers traditional academic subjects but also meets the needs of the modern world. We don’t see that there is a tension between the two. We focus on developing independence and an entrepreneurial attitude in all of our students. Students will be taught:
• new ways of thinking: including creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making;
• new ways of working: including new forms of collaboration and communication;
• new tools for working: including the capacity to harness the potential of new technologies.
We want students to finish their time at KAA with an excellent academic background, a good knowledge of the wider world around them and the entrepreneurial skills needed to make a difference to this world. We offer a demanding curriculum, encouraging students to engage with complex, academic ideas from day one of secondary school. KAA students are not passengers in lessons, seeing their role as to just passively commit to memory the information their teachers give them. Instead, students are constantly challenged to extend their thinking, and encouraged to develop their own passion for learning and enquiry. They will develop as creative, resilient learners, who see problems as puzzles to be solved and mistakes as opportunities to improve. This is what we mean by developing entrepreneurial attributes in our students: we encourage confidence and creativity in lessons and our students increasingly self-direct their studies and take control of their own destinies.
As a Performing & Creative Arts specialist school, all students in Key Stage 3 have an hour a week of music, drama, dance, art and design technology. We believe performing and creative arts provide essential cultural knowledge to our students and develop a wide range of talents, helping them become confident, expressive communicators.
Therefore the curriculum at KAA contains the following;
Key Stage 3
|Subject||Number of weekly lessons||Subject||Number of weekly lessons|
|Mathematics||4||Art and Design||1|
|Modern Foreign Languages||2||PSHE||1|
For more detailed information about the Key Stage 3 curriculum at KAA please see the curriculum booklets for each year:
Other subjects such as Philosophy and Debating are delivered through Enrichment. For more information about the activities available to students through Enrichment please see our Enrichment pages.
KS4 – GCSE Options
|Compulsory Subject||Subject Options|
|English - AQA||Art - Edexcel|
|Mathematics - Edexcel||Computer Science - OCR|
|Science - AQA||Dance - AQA|
|Core PE (not examined)||Design & Technology - AWA|
|PSHE (not examined)||Drama - Eduqas|
|Food & Nutrition - AQA|
|French - AQA|
|German - AQA|
|Geography - Edexcel|
|History - Edexcel|
|Music - Eduqas|
|Physical Education - Edexcel|
|Psychology - AQA|
|Religious Education - Eduqas|
|Statistics - Edexcel|
Further information about our KS4 curriculum can be found in our KS4 Curriculum Booklet. Students are provided with tailored guidance in Year 9 to ensure the pick the right GCSE courses for them.
To view a copy of the Post-16 progression booklet for Year 11 students and parents click here: Post 16 Progression Booklet 2019-20
KS5 – A Level Options
|Government & Politics||Edexcel|
For more information about the sixth form curriculum, subject blocks and courses available to study at Godolphin & Latymer, please see our Sixth Form pages.