Curriculum Intent

We have crafted our curriculum to meet our core aims of inclusion, opportunity and excellence. We also pride ourselves on our four pillars and have four key strategic aims.

The curriculum is broad and balanced and inclusive in its breadth and depth, giving opportunity to all students regardless of their starting points. It is carefully sequenced by subject experts to build knowledge and skills over time, interleaving to ensure that fundamental concepts are revisited to promote long term knowledge retention. 

The curriculum promotes high academic excellence with a knowledge rich approach. Formative and summative assessments are used to drive academic performance. It also prioritises personal development- developing character, self-awareness and social responsibility through a diverse curriculum. Our curriculum is dynamic, embracing the opportunities provided by the changing world around us. 


Curriculum Design 

  • Clear progress over 5 years to meet the most ambitious targets
  • The curriculum has both breadth and depth; students can develop the knowledge and skills in creative and traditional subjects
  • The focus of reading and literacy runs through the curriculum, to ensure that students have the essential skills needed for life and to access the full curriculum
  • Targeted support and additional challenge to ensure that all students exceed national rates of progress
  • Students with additional needs are identified and catered for in all lessons
  • Carefully planned activities through tutor time and assemblies to address SMSC and aspirations
  • Bespoke pathways for different groups to ensure that they experience a full a range of disciplines throughout their schooling
  • Opportunities of careers advice and guidance are embedded through students’ time at the school.


Curriculum Implementation

  • Delivery is through quality first teaching, advice and guidance, coaching, mentorship, feedback and assessment, personal development planning, skills development and practice, and access to resources
  • Each department plans, delivers and reviews its curriculum – the curriculum lifecycle
  • Enhancement days support students to access their curriculum further through developing skills, knowledge and taking the specifications ‘off piste’
  • Understanding each other’s curriculum is a key part of staff training
  • Curriculum delivery focuses on PITCH, requiring students to be reflective, curious and have ownership over their progress
  • Challenge and high order questioning are constant features of lessons
  • Our curriculum gradually builds the learning experience. It allows for continuity of experiences as the learner progresses and grows
  • Extra-curricular opportunities are integral to the whole curriculum offer
  • Careers advice and guidance is an integral part of the curriculum offer and is supplemented  by an independent, third-party provider.


Curriculum Impact

  • The curriculum is the core of the school, the cornerstone of our ethos and the bedrock of our professional development
  • It has improved behaviour and behaviour for learning
  • It is broadening understanding and the intellectual capacity of our students
  • Subject leaders are making intelligent use of assessment to inform curriculum design
  • It has improved reading, writing and numeracy.

Curriculum Provision

To find out more information about our Curriculum, please contact Mrs K Corrigall, Deputy Headteacher.

Please refer to our accessibility plan to find out how we aim to increase disabled students participation in our curriculum: 

Accessibility Plan 

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