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William Lovell Church of England Academy



Academic and Character Education is fundamental element of The William Lovell C of E academy experience. Strength of character goes in hand with academic achievement.

Every person is valued within our school and we empower and challenge all, constructively building one another up, so that every person within our community is able to become the best version of themselves and to have the widest possible life choices.

Subsequently, we hope to inspire every member of the community to have a positive impact on the world around them and to trust that they have the power to make a difference.

“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” Thessalonians 5:11


“The smallest of all seeds, when it has grown, is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches." Matthew 13:32


Years 7, 8 and 9

In Year 7, 8, and 9, each subject follows the national Programme of Study. Each subject has designed a strategic five-year-plan, building on knowledge and skills in primary school and preparing students for the expectations of Year 10 and 11.

In Year 7, 8 and 9, students have access to a broad offer, studying a mixture of academic, practical and creative subjects:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • The Arts (Music, Drama, Art)
  • Humanities (Geography, Religious Studies, History)
  • Languages (French)
  • Technology (Food & Nutrition and Design Technology)
  • Physical Education


Preparation for GCSEs begins in Year 9 – Options

Our focus on developing key skills and drawing out students’ ambitions, providing each learner with the opportunity to fulfil their potential, be their best version of themselves and discover their passions within and beyond the curriculum.

The options process takes place in Year 9 at William Lovell C of E Academy. The options process encourages students and parents to consider the following factors when choosing option subjects:

  • Enjoyment of and engagement with the subject
  • Current progress and attainment within the subject
  • The ‘mix’ and ‘balance’ of chosen options
  • Links to future career or intended post-16 destination
  • Fulfilment of the English Baccalaureate

Years 10 and 11

 In Year 10 and 11, students are well placed to succeed in their GCSE studies. Throughout the KS4 years, students develop knowledge, life skills and prepare for the next phase of their educational journey through post GCSE guidance to assist them with their future pathway. Our curriculum combines traditional, modern, creative and practical subjects to create a broad, rich curriculum, delivered by skilled practitioners who have a genuine passion for their subject. By stimulating students’ intellectual curiosity, nurturing and expanding their ambitions and promoting the academic skills they need for success, every student is prepared for life beyond the academy.


Character education (personal, social, and health education, British values, aspirations citizenship, and relationships and sex education)

This is delivered through various strands including: a discreet one-hour lesson per week with form tutors, focused drop-down days in Year 11, tutor time, leadership roles, cross curricular input, information evenings, assemblies and visiting speakers, participation in national events, work and through service to the community. Character education comprises PSHE, citizenship, relationships and sex education.


Exam Success at William Lovell C of E Academy

We are proud of how resilient and determined they remained throughout all the challenges of studying for GCSEs and vocational qualifications during a pandemic.  Several of our students achieved the very highest grades.  With an amazing three grade 9s, one L2D*, one L2D, 2 grade 8s and a grade 7, Raymond is moving on to college to study Level 3 Engineering.  Yasmin received an impressive 3 grade 9s, one grade 8 and a grade 7 and is off to college.  Augusta achieved a L2D*, two grade 8s and three grade 7s and is embarking on a National Extended Certificate in Children's Play, Learning & Development.  With a L2D*, a level 8 and four grade 7s, Tanika is going to be studying for a Children's Play, Learning and Development BTEC National Extended Diploma.