Curriculum Overview

Our curriculum is broad, balanced and built around students’ individual needs and abilities in order to allow all students to reach their potential and compete with others nationally. 

  1. A school with high expectations and ambition for all.
  2. A school where there is dignity in hard work and effort.
  3. A safe and happy school where everyone feels valued and proud.


The purpose of the curriculum is to enable students to:

  • Acquire knowledge and skills relevant to adult life and a world of rapid and continuous technological and social change
  • Develop a life-long love of learning
  • Develop personal and moral values, respect for shared values and for other cultures, religions and ways of life
  • Acquire sound numeracy and literacy skills
  • Develop and acquire the qualities and qualifications necessary to enable them to reach their potential, progress to the next stage in their chosen learning or career pathway and compete with others nationally. 

Main principles:

  • The curriculum should have breadth, balance, relevance, differentiation and allow progression
  • The curriculum should promote knowledge and understanding, and allow the development of skills and personal qualities
  • The curriculum should allow equality of access for all students
  • High expectations of all students
  • All students will have an entitlement to work related learning
  • A curriculum that offers both academic and vocational qualifications appropriate to individual pupil ability, interest and preferred learning style


The curriculum should:

  • Deliver the current and future statutory requirements, including appropriate careers advice and guidance
  • Be broad, balanced, relevant and differentiated
  • Enable and support students to achieve their potential
  • Meet the needs of the full range of abilities within the school
  • Ensure continuity, help support and enable progression within the school and between phases of education
  • Help students develop enquiring minds and a love of learning
  • Help students acquire understanding, knowledge of key skills relevant to school, adult life and employment
  • Help students develop personal moral values, respect for religious values and tolerance of other races, religions and ways of life
  • Support raising standards of achievement
  • Provide a range of opportunities to students which best meet their needs and interests


Home Learning:

Home learning tasks should support progress of all students through, for example: challenging preparation work for lessons; independent research; consolidation of learning; improving work following informative feedback (written or verbal)



All students can access a rich extra-curricular programme that, together with the curriculum, promotes healthy, spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development, thereby preparing students for the opportunities and responsibilities of adult life.  Details of our extra-curricular provision can be found here (link to relevant section on website); independent reading.


Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Education

SMSC should be incorporated into every aspect of our school community, including every lesson, every assembly and every interaction between members of our school community.  By ensuring the thoughtful and wide-ranging promotion of students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, and of their physical well-being, we can help to ensure that they thrive and develop as citizens, and we can also help to guard against radicalisation and extremism.  Details of our SMSC provision can be found here: SMSC provision


We are committed to:

  • Raising standards of achievement and learning for all our students
  • Extending the range of opportunities available to students which best meet their needs and interests
  • Benefiting other schools in the area and strengthening the links between school and the wider community


Years 7 to 9:

In years 7, 8 and 9 students study a broad and balanced curriculum but with an emphasis on English, Mathematics, the Sciences, Languages, and the Humanities. Students are also encouraged to thrive in the performing and creative arts through subjects such as Art and Drama.

Years 10 and 11:

In years 10 and 11 our curriculum is diverse and personalised.  All students will study Maths, English and the Sciences (with the option to study Triple Science), RE, PSHE and Core PE.  The majority of students will also study Geography and / or History, while others will receive further tuition in Maths and English.  Students are then able to study three further subjects, choosing from a range suited to their particular abilities and needs, including a number of vocational subjects.  Further details on the two pathways open to students is given in the “KS4 Curriculum Overview.”

Detailed information for each Year (including option choices for Key Stage 4, Information, Advice and Guidance, the Curriculum Policy for Years 7 – 13) and subject curriculum summaries are available via the links on the left of this page.

Further Information:

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