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  • Our Curriculum

    Key Stage 3

    At Key Stage 3, we offer a broad and balanced curriculum that supports, challenges and excites our students. Subjects are taught discretely according to schemes of work that set out what knowledge we expect our students to acquire. This rigour not only gives our students the fulfilment and joy of mastering particular subject areas in depth but also allows them to analyse and to discuss their subjects with greater sophistication.  

    We work hard to ensure that students are supported to express themselves accurately, fluently and confidently, both orally and in writing, in all subjects.

    Key Stage 4

    The vast majority of our students study nine subjects for GCSE, including maths, English, the sciences, a language and either history or geography.  This route, which meets the government’s requirements for the English Baccalaureate, provides a sound academic foundation for further study in the Sixth Form and beyond; and, together with core courses in PE and PSHE, offers a balanced and challenging programme of study.

    EBacc Route Booklet
    Non-EBacc Route Booklet

    Key Stage 5

    Our successful Sixth Form offers a wide range of A level courses, of which students typically study three or four. We concentrate on providing outstanding teaching, extensive enrichment opportunities and effective pastoral support to allow our students to flourish on their chosen courses, so that they can gain places and succeed at the best universities.

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    Head of Department: Ms K. Roberts

    Key Stage 3

    Our curriculum is based around important novels, plays, poems and speeches, from Julius Caesar to Animal Farm.  We have a weekly grammar lesson and a weekly lesson devoted to reading for pleasure from a list of essential books.

    In Key Stage 3, pupils study the following:

    Term Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
    1 Autobiography and biography Beowulf The Merchant of Venice
    2 Words that won wars Chaucer and The Canterbury Tales Contemporary Voices in World Poetry
    3 Gods and monsters George Orwell and Reportage Race and the Novel
    4 The Odyssey Animal Farm Short Stories of Mystery and Misery
    5 Julius Caesar Blood Brothers Dissent: a History of Protest
    6 Sonnets The Romantics Dissent: a History of Protest

    Key Stage 4

    In Key Stage 4, pupils have the option of studying GCSE English Language (WJEC), GCSE English Literature (AQA) and GCSE Media Studies (AQA)

    Key Stage 5

    In Key Stage 4, pupils have the option of studying A level English Language (AQA B), A level English Literature (AQA B), Media Studies (AQA)

    Extra-curricular opportunities

    We run two ‘First Story’ groups, which have a ‘writer in residence’ working with selected pupils; a series of academic lectures for Key Stage 5 students; and a range of trips to theatres and cinemas.


    Head of Department: Ms I. Idros

    • Key Stage 3: We use the Maths Mastery programme of study, which involves studying particular topics in depth before moving on, ensuring complete understanding of the curriculum content.  
    • Key Stage 4: GCSE Mathematics (Edexcel), GCSE Statistics (Edexcel)
    • Key Stage 5: A level Mathematics (Edexcel), A level Further Mathematics (Edexcel), Core Mathematics (OCR), A level Economics (Edexcel)
    • Extra-curricular opportunities: We run several clubs each week, including workshops for gifted and talented students, homework clubs, intervention sessions and master classes run by volunteers from Imperial College.  We participate in the UK Maths Challenge.


    Joint Head of Department: Ms A. Prior and Mrs K. Pither

    • Key Stage 3: We teach the three sciences separately. Our schemes of work are logically sequenced so that each lesson builds on and reinforces students’ prior knowledge and understanding.
    • Key Stage 4: GCSE Combined Science (OCR Gateway-B), GCSE Triple Science (OCR Gateway-B), GCSE Computer Science (Edexcel)
    • Key Stage 5: A level Biology (AQA), A level Chemistry (OCR), A level Physics (AQA)
    • Extra-curricular opportunities: We promote science in the Academy by having an exciting and inspiring range of activities during Science Week, including guest speakers, science buskers, science Olympics, science facts of the day and competitions. We run intervention sessions and lead trips to lectures at UCL, Imperial College and other local schools.


    Head of Department: Mr P. McKeating

    • Key Stage 3: We study the history of Britain chronologically from 1066 at the beginning of Year 7 to the outbreak of the First World War at the end of Year 9.  These lessons are supported by the rigorous Galore Park textbooks.
    • Key Stage 4: GCSE History (AQA)
    • Key Stage 5: A level History (AQA)
    • Extra-curricular opportunities: We have a thriving History Society, and we regularly arrange talks and lectures by academics and well-known historians.


    Head of Department: Ms C. Danks

    • Key Stage 3: In Year 7, we focus on world geography and teach a number of global case studies that develop students’ understanding of place. In Year 8, our focus is on the United Kingdom. In Year 9, students study global topics which allow them to make links to their previous learning. Taken together, our KS3 curriculum provides a clear geographical framework that enables students to develop an understanding of the geography of the country in which they live within the context of the wider world.
    • Key Stage 4: GCSE Geography (Edexcel A)
    • Key Stage 5: A level Geography (Edexcel)
    • Extra-curricular opportunities: The Geography Department arranges a number of enrichment opportunities, including field trips and after-school clubs.


    Head of Department: Mr P. McKeating

    • Key Stage 3: The Key Stage 3 course introduces students to the history and culture of the ancient world, and to the Latin language. Our teaching aims not only to develop an understanding of and interest in these endlessly-fascinating civilisations, but also to develop students’ English literacy skills, especially by enriching and expanding their English vocabulary.
    • Key Stage 4: GCSE Ancient History (OCR), GCSE Latin (Eduqas)
    • Key Stage 5: A level Latin (OCR)
    • Extra-curricular opportunities: The Department plays an active role in the Montagu Society at Key Stage 3, and arranges trips and lectures by visiting academics.



    Head of Department: Ms H. Elis-Williams

    • Key Stage 3: We focus on developing a solid understanding of functional harmony, sound aural skills, and the ability to read and to write musical notation. Musical traditions studied include a range of western and non-western music from 1600 to the present day. We provide tuition in an orchestral instrument in Year 7, and in techniques for singing, the guitar, drums and the keyboard in Years 8 and 9. Students’ ICT skills are also developed, with students using Logic Pro from Year 7 onwards.
    • Key Stage 4: GCSE Music (AQA), Level 2 Certificate Creative Studies: Music Technology (NCFE)
    • Key Stage 5: A level Music (Eduqas), A level Music Technology (Edexcel)
    • Extra-curricular opportunities: Over two hundred students and eight members of peripatetic staff regularly participate in our programme of ensemble rehearsals, theory and musicianship classes, and instrumental tuition. Students enjoy regular opportunities to perform both at school and at other venues; the school calendar is full of musical events, performances and concerts. Recent highlights have included a choral concert of Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, a string day with local primary schools and a performance at the Department for Education.

    Music Calendar of events 2016-17


    Head of Department: Mrs K. Keogh

    • Key Stage 3: We study art to explore both its making and its meaning. We offer a structured programme of study, which enables students to build skills in drawing, painting, printing and three-dimensional work using mixed media and clay.  The practical skills are underpinned by the study of selected ‘seed works,’ which gives students ‘a walk through the history of art.’
    • Key Stage 4: GCSE Art & Design (Edexcel), Level 2 Certificate Creative Studies: Graphic Design (NCFE)
    • Key Stage 5: A level Art (Edexcel)
    • Extra-curricular opportunities: Artwork by students is displayed throughout the Academy all year round, and we have an annual summer show of GCSE and A level work. We work closely with major London galleries, such as the Tate, to offer our students a range of extra-curricular opportunities.


    Head of Department: Ms A. Simpson

    • Key Stage 3: The curriculum is based on the development of theatre over time. We begin Year 7 by studying Ancient Greek theatre, and we complete this curriculum in Year 9 with the study of modern political theatre. This allows students both to contextualise concepts which underpin their understanding of the power of theatre throughout the ages and to learn about the pivotal moments that defined and shaped theatre as we know it. We also explore specific texts, and this provides a forum for discussion, performances, and the articulation and questioning of ideas.
    • Key Stage 4: GCSE Drama (Eduqas), Level 2 BTEC Performing Arts (Edexcel)
    • Key Stage 5: A level Drama & Theatre Studies (Edexcel)
    • Extra-curricular opportunities: We provide many extra-curricular activities, including visits to professional productions and, of course, opportunities to act in and otherwise to support our own theatrical productions. One of the highlights of the Pimlico Academy calendar is our bi-annual whole-school musical.

    Design Technology

    Head of Department: Ms K. Keogh

    • Key Stage 3: Our curriculum allows students the opportunity to study both food technology and textiles. Lessons provide time to develop practical skills as well as skills of planning and reflection.
    • Key Stage 4: GCSE Food Technology (WJEC), GCSE Textiles (AQA)

    Modern Foreign Languages

    Head of Department: Mr F. Degueurce

    • Key Stage 3: The curriculum has a clear focus on the grammatical knowledge and vocabulary needed for students to become confident and accurate linguists. We combine this work with the study of cultural topics of particular interest to our department. These range from parkour in Parisian banlieues to the poem Déjeuner du Matin by Jaques Prévert in French; and from the art of Miró and Picasso to Mexico’s Día de los Muertos in Spanish. We hope that the combination of grammatical rigour and fascinating cultural insights will inspire a long-lasting love of and interest in languages.
    • Key Stage 4: GCSE French (AQA), GCSE Spanish (AQA)
    • Key Stage 5: A level French (AQA), A level Spanish (AQA)
    • Extra-curricular opportunities: We organise local cultural trips, including to French and Spanish theatre productions and films. We have annual trips to France and Spain.


    Head of Department: Ms A. Royal

    • Key Stage 3: Students have at least 100 minutes of P.E. each week. The curriculum enables all pupils to enjoy, to succeed at and to understand the importance of many kinds of physical activity. Students develop a wide range of skills and the ability to use tactics, strategies and compositional ideas to perform successfully. When they are performing, they think about what they are doing, analyse the situation and make decisions. They also learn to reflect on their own and others’ performances, and to find ways to improve them.
    • Key Stage 4: Core Physical Education course (no associated qualification), Level 2 BTEC Sports (Edexcel)
    • Key Stage 5: Level 3 BTEC Sports (Edexcel)
    • Extra-curricular opportunities: Our wide range of morning, lunchtime and after-school clubs includes football, netball, fitness, rounders, cricket, basketball, badminton, gymnastics, fencing and table tennis. We are involved in national, inner London and tri-borough competitions in a variety of sports. Our Saturday sports programme provides expert coaching to around 250 Pimlico Academy pupils and local primary pupils each week, free of charge.

    Extra-curricular timetable 2016-17

    Social Science 

    Head of Department: Mrs H. Lawrence

    • Key Stage 4: GCSE Citizenship Studies (Edexcel), GCSE Religious Studies (Edexcel)
    • Key Stage 5: A level Government and Politics (Edexcel), A level Psychology (AQA), A level Sociology (AQA)
    • Extra-curricular opportunities: Students have the opportunity to hear lectures by a number of inspirational speakers. Our programme of trips this year has included visits to the Institute for Government and to the Houses of Parliament. Our KS4 students regularly take part in the ‘First Give’ programme, which exposes them to philanthropy through a project which involves visiting local charities and taking action to raise awareness of the services these organisations provide.


    Pimlico Academy has a dedicated inclusion department, with specialist staff who are able to identify Special Educational Needs at an early stage.

    We recognise that each student is unique, and we work carefully with them and their families to address their needs. Where possible, these needs are met within mainstream lessons; when necessary, specialist lessons and interventions are provided, providing academic support and encouragement for as long as it is needed. The Language and Communication Centre offers tailored support for students with a speech and language impairment.

    SEN Information Report
    SEND Policy
    List of interventions

    Pimlico Academy uses the services of Place2Be to support our students’ social and emotional well-being. To find out more about Place2Be, please click here to visit their website.

    For more information about our curriculum, please contact the school office.

    Pimlico Academy

    Pimlico Academy, Lupus Street, London SW1V 3AT
    Tel: 020 7828 0881