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Academic

Mr David Snowden
Deputy Head - Academic

At Lingfield we aim to arouse intrinsic interest and enthusiasm in the curriculum as well as deliver excellent public exam results. Our innovative curriculum is underpinned by the development of the skills and attributes set out in our Educational Vision. 

Our purpose-built classrooms are well-equipped, bright and modern. Class sizes are small and never exceed 24. All classrooms are equipped with a computer and projector. There are nine ICT suites including five Apple Mac suites. High-speed internet throughout the school supports the use of other digital devices such as laptops and tablets.

 

In Years 7 and 8 we encourage students to enjoy the pursuit of learning and to discover and explore their own intellectual capacities. The skills detailed in the Educational Vision are developed as students' essential interests and zest for learning is stimulated via our exciting and progressive Lower School curriculum. In particular, the History, Geography, Philosophy & Religion and Art departments work together to deliver a vibrant, challenging and intellectually coherent programme of study which avoids the repetition associated with the national curriculum and includes the following topics:

 

The Crescent and the Cross – an introduction to the central tenets of Islam and Christianity and their importance in the contemporary world
Civilisation and Catastrophe – the impact of natural disasters on historic civilisations (Volcanology and Pompeii and the Great Fire of London and urban renewal)
The Art of War – warfare and the human experience through the media of paintings, music and poetry
Great Lives – an in-depth analysis of the historical reputations of Gandhi and Christ
Conflict and Change – a study of the reasons for and the consequences of the European 'Scramble for Africa' (an insight into the developmental and resource issues in post-colonial Africa)
 
Additionally, all students in Years 7 and 8 study Maths, Science, English, Drama, Music, Computer Science, French and either Spanish or German. Wednesday afternoons are given over entirely to games and there are two further PE lessons of 55 minutes each. From Year 9 onwards the focus on public exams begins. Curriculum times for Science, Maths and English are increased and the humanities are taught as discrete subjects.
 
In Years 10 and 11, as well as studying Maths, English Language and Literature, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and one Modern Foreign Language, students choose three options from the following: Art, Drama, Economics, Geography, History, Music, a second Foreign Language, Media Studies, Religious Studies, PE and Home Economics. We currently prepare students for iGCSE Maths, English Language and Literature and History.
 
In the Sixth Form, the range of subjects available is expanded to include Business Studies and Psychology. As well as A Levels, we additionally offer BTECS in PE, Business and Digital Media Production for students who prefer a modular, vocational or practical approach to learning. The Engineering Education Scheme, the Extended Project qualification and an outside speaker programme are just some of the wide variety of enrichment activities on offer.
 
At Lingfield College, students work hard and get excellent public examination results. Our students are stretched but not stressed. The emphasis throughout the School is very much on helping all students to fulfil their potential. A member of staff is responsible for ensuring that we provide opportunities for all our gifted and talented students, including our scholars, for whom there is a discrete extra-curricular programme, to develop their interests both in and outside the classroom. We also have a learning support co-ordinator who works with departments to ensure that all students make the most of their ability.
 
There is a vast array of academic extra-curricular clubs on offer from Astronomy, Public Speaking or Latin to Film Making or Creative Writing. Additionally, there are surgeries and extra-curricular revision lessons available in all key academic areas.