School leaders have put in place  a more challenging curriculum which gives pupils the opportunity to achieve better overall progress scores (Ofsted 2017)

CURRICULUM VISION

 

In our pursuit of excellence we have high expectations for all. We are committed to ensuring that all our young people have access to a challenging, engaging, broad curriculum which is explicit in the way knowledge is taught and implicit in the experiences shared and the quality of relationships. Our curriculum has been developed with the ambition that each and every student in the school will become:

  • A committed, successful learner making excellent progress in a range of subjects
  • An aspirational individual achieving the necessary qualifications, skills and qualities for their further education and employment
  • A resilient, confident young person who is able to live a safe and healthy life
  • A respectful, responsible citizen who makes a positive contribution to society

PRINCIPLES BEHIND THE VISION

 

The principles underpinning our approach to education are:

  • That every learning year and subject is valuable
  • The development of oracy, literacy, vocabulary and numeracy so that all can access the curriculum
  • A commitment to offer a broad range of subjects with clear guidance for all students in the development of their personal curriculum
  • The promotion of student responsibility for their own learning and progress
  • The promotion of the physical and mental health of students as well as their social, moral, cultural, spiritual development
  • The promotion of fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, liberty and tolerance
  • The provision of a coherent careers education
  • The development of student awareness, knowledge, learning and experience through high quality classroom and extra curricular opportunities
  • Allowing all to experience success through a wide variety of school opportunities
  • That appropriate behaviour is modelled by all through positive interactions in school
  • That learning is a partnership between home, school and the wider community

IMPLEMENTATION

 

In order to achieve this vision the school took the decision in 2016 to have a 2 year key stage 3 in Years 7 & 8 with Year 9 providing a foundation transition year to KS4 qualifications.

In key stage 3, all students study a broad range of subjects. Modern Foreign Language (MFL) alternates by year so current Year 7 study Spanish while Year 7 in 2020-21 will study French. Technology and Performing Arts are taught through a carousel of lessons.

In key stage 4 all students must study an Ebacc qualification (History, Geography, MFL or Computer Science) along with the core subjects (Maths, English, Science) and Religious Studies. The top 40% of the year are expected to take 2 Ebacc qualifications including a Modern Foreign Language but a foreign language is available to all students. The top two Science sets take the three separate sciences and everyone else takes the Combined Science Award worth 2 GCSEs. An alternative pathway is arranged for a small number of students which consists of additional English and Maths and a work skills qualification or external alternative provision.

The structure of the taught curriculum is as follows with 50 periods over a two week timetable:

 

Years 7-8

Year 9 (foundation year)

Years 10-11

 

periods

 

periods

 

periods

English

8

English

8

English

9

Maths

8

Maths

8

Maths

8

Science

6

Science

12

Science

12

History

4

RS

4

RS

4

Geography

4

PE

4

PE

2

MFL (French or Spanish )

4

Option 1 (Ebacc)

4

Option 1

(Ebacc)

5

RS

2

Option 2

4

Option 2

5

Performing Arts (Music, Dance, drama)

3

Option 3

4

Option 3

5

Technology

3

Computing

2

 

 

PE

4

 

 

 

 

Computing

2

 

 

 

 

Art

2

 

 

 

 

 

PSHCE

 

Personal, Social, Health, Careers and Economic education is taught through a carousel which rotates through the timetable with one period delivered each week to every student in school at the same time. Students will experience 5 themes each year delivered by specialist teams of staff. The themes are:

Citizenship

Financial awareness

Relationships & sex education

Careers

Drugs education

Personal wellbeing

 

EQUALITY

 

The Curriculum is designed to be appropriate for all students at Carr Hill and there is close liaison between the school and primary schools to ensure continuity of learning. Equality of opportunity for students with SEND and who require additional support is important and there is an organised programme of literacy and numeracy catch up as well as in-class and small group support.

 

All students have access to the full range of Key stage 4 qualifications apart from a small group where, in discussion with parents and carers, it is agreed that an alternative provision is more appropriate to meet the needs of the individual.

 

For further information about Carr Hill High School's curriculum please contact Deputy Headteacher Miss A Jordinson 01772 682008 ajordinson@carrhill.lancs.sch.uk