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Our Curriculum Principles and Design

Our curriculum offers breadth, diversity and choice.  In Years 7 and 8 students experience a broad range of subjects that deliver the aims of the national curriculum, before following more specialised pathways from Year 9 and Year 12.  

We believe passionately in an equality of provision, one that opens up opportunities, overcomes social disadvantage and delivers a foundation for life-long success so that each individual is supported to unlock their true potential, whatever that may be, and, through excellence, ensure that they can be the best that they can be.

Our curriculum is also planned with the intent of complying with the duties in the Equality Act 2010 and the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014 in order to make our curriculum accessible for those with disabilities or special educational needs.

With these things in mind, our curriculum is designed so that it:

  • Ensures that all students are happy, healthy and safe and understand how to stay safe. 
  • Is relevant to our community and context so that it is right for our students and is informed by current educational research and thinking.
  • Provides a rich, broad and varied experience, both accessible and challenging for all learners, where they are learning the right thing at the right time.
  • Delivers opportunities for students to learn extensive, relevant knowledge and useful, transferable skills.
  • Provides opportunities for all students to develop a high level of literacy and numeracy required for success in the wider curriculum and in adult life, including the ability to communicate by listening and articulating their views.
  • Encourages our students to become creative and independent thinkers and problem-solvers, who are inquisitive about the global society in which they live.
  • Allows for a range of spiritual, moral, social and cultural opportunities that promote a student’s sense of moral and social responsibility, where they show understanding, respect and tolerance of a range of beliefs, opinions and cultures, both past and present.
  • Ensures that all students are able to thrive and develop as healthy individuals and good citizens, upholding fundamental British values.
  • Helps our students to develop a strength of character and resilience so that they can cope with choices and overcome the challenges they are likely to encounter in life. 
  • Enhances our students’ experience through our enrichment curriculum, where we seek to provide access to additional learning opportunities.
  • Provides an appropriate range of opportunities and experiences to inspire students to make informed and ambitious choices for future pathways.
  • Enables high standards of academic achievement that open doors for students so that they can be successful in the next stage in their education, training or employment. 

Our Curriculum Subject Overview pages give more specific detail about the content of each subject's curriculum, along with our Personal Development Programme (PDP).  Please do contact us directly if you would like more information about our curriculum.