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We believe that providing a broad, rich and deep range of learning experiences is essential for the development of the young people who study with us. A well-planned, personalised curriculum, delivered through excellent teaching, will provide our students the opportunities to Excel, Exceed and Explore in response to the challenges of a rapidly developing world.
We define the curriculum as:
- the intent behind the plans for teaching and learning
- the body of knowledge and understanding which we wish for students to develop
- the learning skills and approaches which we wish for students to develop
- the wider curriculum, including enrichment and extra-curricular activities facilitated by school.
Beliefs and ethos
We believe that a well-designed curriculum is essential for tackling educational disadvantage. Our rationale is founded on the following ten principles.
- The curriculum must assist all students in securing high-quality qualifications that will best prepare them for their future education, employment and training.
- All students must study a personalised curriculum which is wide-ranging, balanced and rigorous.
- The curriculum must be designed around effective understanding of the transition from primary to secondary education and the subsequent transition into further and higher education.
- The curriculum must be engaging; learning is fun and it must be rewarding for all.
- The foundation of all learning is knowledge, so we plan and deliver a knowledge-rich curriculum.
- Learning is ‘sticky’ and generative; the more students learn, the more they can learn in the future.
- Core skills are to be mastered within and across all subjects, so the development of skills is also a keen focus of our planning.
- Enrichment, both within the curriculum and beyond, is essential in bringing learning to life, and so must be explicitly planned.
- Employability and preparedness for work must be incorporated into curriculum planning.
- The curriculum must help students to develop spiritually, morally, culturally and socially.
For further details or to discuss any element of the curriculum please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01375 484580.
The full curriculum policy can be downloaded from our Teaching and Learning page.