Curriculum Vision and Intent
Our aim is to improve the life chances of all our students through a curriculum which is rich, diverse and personalised to ensure every student achieves his or her true potential. Combined with our outstanding teaching and ambitious learning culture, our curriculum is designed to enable all students to respond positively to the opportunities and challenges of life beyond school in a rapidly changing world.
The central place of knowledge acquisition within our curriculum is explicit and we provide rich and varied contexts for students to acquire, develop and apply this broad knowledge. The curriculum builds on knowledge acquired in primary school and is based on key knowledge outlined in the National Curriculum; it is sequenced to ensure students master essential knowledge and skills for GCSE and A level success.
The curriculum is far more than lessons in subjects. We want our students to leave us as well-rounded individuals with a highly developed social conscience, ready to lead in their communities and beyond. To this end, there is a local need to develop cultural capital, creativity, character and confidence in our students. These attributes, alongside a broad vocabulary, help to expand our students' horizons and open doors to future success.
The promotion of our students’ independence, self-esteem, resilience and emotional well-being is also central to what we do. We offer many opportunities for students to develop their understanding of their own and different beliefs and cultures, to collaborate with peers and to nurture their individual interests and talents.
Our Curriculum in Years 7, 8 and 9 goes beyond the National Curriculum. Students study all of the National Curriculum subjects:
English Language and Literature, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Religious Studies, Computer Science, Art, Technology, Spanish, Music and PE.
In addition to the National Curriculum, students study Drama and Latin.
All students study Human and Life skills which includes personal, social, health and cultural education.
Students can choose to study French as part of the Enrichment Curriculum.
We offer a range of deep learning days which are integrated into our curriculum. They provide opportunities for teachers to extend students with greater depth and stimulate discussion and debate. A detailed programme of deep learning days can be found in subject curriculum guides.
The Enrichment Curriculum gives students the opportunity to broaden, extend and challenge their knowledge and skills. The Year 7 and 8 programme includes French, debating, investing in stocks and shares, extension in STEM and a range of creative options. Please see the enrichment section on the website for the full programme.
In Year 9 students join the Combined Cadets Force (CCF) for their enrichment option.
In Years 10 and 11, students follow a compulsory core curriculum of GCSEs in English Language and Literature, Mathematics, Triple or Trilogy Science, History or Geography, RS, Human and Life Skills and a language (Spanish, Latin or French). Students can choose to do additional subjects in History, Geography, Spanish, Latin, French, Art, Computer Science, Dance, Drama, Design Technology, Food Preparation and Nutrition, PE and Music.
We believe that academic success should go hand-in hand with a rich variety of extra-curricular activities. These activities help foster a spirit of aspiration, resilience and joy in learning. All students have to attend at least one after school extra-curricular activity each week. Please see the Extra-curricular activities section for the full programme.
Students are streamed based on their ability and taught in groups of approximately 27 students.
We offer extension and enrichment to challenge our more able learners and provide excellent programmes for students who require extra support.
Homework provides opportunity for research, independent learning and reflection. Through homework, students are able to consolidate previous learning, gain valuable practice of key skills and concepts, and prepare for future learning.
More Able Learners
More able learners are offered a varied and challenging curriculum that is tailored to suit their needs and to give them the best possible opportunity to gain a place at a leading university at the end of Year 13. The most able learners are provided with the very best opportunities to broaden their knowledge and understanding in all subjects.
As a Harris academy, we are part of Harris Experience, a programme designed for the most able students from Year 9 onwards. It exposes them to a range of cultural experiences that take their learning well beyond the curriculum. Recent examples range from learning the art of auctioneering at Christie’s to attending a day of lectures at the University of Oxford.
For further information about the curriculum, please contact our Receptionist, Miss H Machin on 020 3962 4300 or via email at email@example.com.