At Carr Hill High School and Sixth Form Centre we have developed a curriculum that inspires and encourages our students to learn. We offer a broad and balanced curriculum, recognised by Ofsted as one of the strengths of our school, which enables Carr Hill students to pursue their talents and aspirations. Our Learning Support Department is very active. All pupils are challenged and encouraged to excel, and our top students are supported by our Gifted & Talented programme. All subjects fall under one of six learning clusters. The clusters combine a range of subjects that complement one another and allow teaching staff to share best practice and ideas in order to provide an outstanding education for all students. This creates a positive and productive working environment for every student, enabling them to develop their talents and pursue their aspirations.
Carr Hill High School and Sixth Form Centre is committed to whole school inclusion of students with special educational needs and behavioural difficulties. We believe that every student has an entitlement to develop to their full potential. Educational experiences are provided which develop students' achievements and recognise their individuality. Diversity is valued as a rich resource which supports the learning of all. In this school, inclusion recognises a student's right to a broad, balanced, relevant and challenging curriculum which is appropriate to their individual abilities, talents and personal qualities.
Art and Photography
The school’s Art & Photography Faculty offers students an inspiring environment to explore and develop their creative side. Pupils with a passion for Art and Photography can take part in a range of extra-curricular activities and, as they get older, even have the chance to become Art Ambassadors giving something back, and passing on their love of art, to students in lower years . Furthermore, students will visit a range of art galleries and exhibitions whilst studying Art and Photography subjects. Budding artists can recognise their dream of having their work exhibited as each year the school hosts an Art Preview Evening. The event is attended by local dignitaries, residents, parents and staff. Work is showcased and guests have the opportunity to purchase pieces or commission work.
The Faculty of Modern Foreign Languages helps students develop their language skills in a variety of contexts and a broad understanding of the culture of countries and communities where French/Spanish is spoken. Staff encourage the enjoyment of language learning and the recognition that language skills enable students to take their place in a multi-lingual global society. Students studying languages have the opportunity to go on a number of overseas trips to destinations where the language they are learning is spoken. This not only give them the opportunity to improve their language skills but also enables them to have a greater understanding of the culture and society of that country.
The world we live in is central to learning within the Faculty of Humanities. Pupils are invited to take part in enrichment opportunities including a trip to the Battlefields, in Normandy France, to enhance classroom learnings about World War One and visit the Houses of Parliament as part of the Government and Politics course. The staff also organise regular guest speakers and educational trips to local theatres/cinemas are also arranged to help students contextualise classroom learning. Through each subject, the faculty of Humanities teaches students about how they live and how culture really works.
An inquisitive and investigative nature is at the heart of the Faculty of Science. Students are inspired to develop their personal skills, investigate their ideas and unearth information on a diverse range of issues, through group and individual study. The Faculty of Science combines three subjects: Biology, Chemistry and Physics. This grouping of subjects leads to diverse learning within the cluster and pupils cover everything from learning about the periodic table, to the circulatory system to studying energy transfers and efficiency.
Students are engaged and enjoy discovering how the science they learn in the classroom translates into the everyday world. With specialists in every subject; students reap the benefits of being taught by an expert in each field. The faculty's pets, including guinea pigs, a snake, stick insects and tropical fish, are used to aid teaching in lessons, taking students’ learning to a new dimension. If students are inspired by their lessons and they can continue to learn outside the classroom. There is a regular STEM Club where students build their own projects over a course of a number of weeks. For older students there are opportunities to visit North West universities and experience presentations from some of the region’s top scientists and lecturers.
The faculty also hosts the annual Science Week activities. This enrichment opportunity is focused on a different topic every year with previous themes including communication, the natural world and inventors. Students in all years find the week of innovative activities and competitions a fantastic experience and relish the opportunity to engage in a particular scientific theme. Learning in the Faculty of Science is never black and white. Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their learning and explore an incredible range of topics. The diverse curriculum means students are always keen to learn more.
Words, written or spoken, are what inspire and drive the Faculty of English. Within this faculty you’ll find students learning to interpret, building their communication skills and developing their natural creative ability. Students are inspired by their diverse classroom learnings and as a result the faculty has a number of successful enrichment opportunities. Over the course of the school year a number of extra-curricular clubs run and students are given the opportunities to enter competitions from a school level right through to a national level. The faculty also marks the ever popular annual Poetry Day and World Book Week, when the beauty of Literature is celebrated through a series of exciting activities during lessons and at lunchtimes. No two lessons within this faculty are ever the same and students are always engaged and enthused.
Business, Computing & Media
Enterprising learners in this faculty can be challenged to develop computer programs, produce professional media products and investigate how to develop a successful business. Combined with real business and industry examples, and our newest technology we endeavour to provide quality, up to date learning to challenge the most inquisitive individuals.
Learning in this faculty is all about developing skills that will be beneficial not only now, but for the future in a world dominated by technological advances and an ever changing economic environment.
Students with a curious mind will thrive whilst studying subjects such as Engineering; Food Technology; Graphic Design; Product Design and Resistant Materials. Staff within the Faculty of Technology keep students at the forefront of our ever evolving technological world and ensure they are well equipped to creatively contribute to and improve everyday technological advances. Subjects within this faculty give students the opportunity to develop their capacity to design and make products and to appreciate the complex relations between design, materials and manufacturing. Staff expect students to achieve within this cluster but provide an exciting and encouraging environment in which to learn. In every lesson students are offered the utmost support and staff work hard to build pupil confidence. There is no doubt that the investigative, problem solving and teamwork skills developed within the Innovation cluster assist students for the rest of their lives.
Success within the Faculty of Maths is as simple as 1,2,3. Whilst studying the faculty's subjects, Mathematics and Accountancy, students learn core life skills which can help with everyday tasks such as managing money or planning journeys. There is no doubt that the skills learnt through lessons in the faculty are vital to students today and in the future. Staff in this faculty aim to simplify key topics in order to enable pupils to develop their knowledge of numerical subjects and expand their problem solving abilities.
Challenge is a running theme within this faculty but students are taught to approach new challenges in a positive and ambitious way. The dedicated Logic cluster staff regularly run revision catch up weekends and a host of after school clubs, all of which help pupils to enjoy and excel within these subjects. Staff are keen to develop students’ ability to learn independently and encourage activities such as group discussion to work through problem solving tasks. Students are also given the opportunity to work together competing against other schools at a range of Maths challenge events. Working closely with local primary schools, the cluster hosts the annual ‘Primary Maths Challenge’ which helps to familiarise students with Logic before they begin attending Carr Hill High School & Sixth Form Centre. The Faculty of Maths is always working to provide students with the best learning opportunities. Furthermore, primary school students, working at Level 6 ability, are invited into school to benefit from booster classes to help them attain the best grades.
Skills learned within the Faculty of Maths stay with students throughout their life. Students may use their knowledge to help manage their weekly budget at university or to pursue a maths or accountancy career. Wherever life takes pupils after Carr Hill High School & Sixth Form Centre one thing is certain, they will be using the skills they have learnt within the Faculty of Maths.
At the heart of the Faculty of Physical Education you will find staff passionate about bringing out students’ natural ability, team spirit and sportsmanship. If pupils want to excel in sport there really is no limit to the opportunities on offer. From Year 7 to Year 13 students can join extra-curricular clubs in football, rugby, handball, netball and much more. In addition to this pupils in Year 11, 12 or 13 can become members of one of the four Sporting Elite Academies. The school’s Netball, Football and Rugby Academies compete against other schools across the region in a series of fixtures and tournaments.
Subjects within this faculty enable students to explore their imagination. Staff who teach Dance, Music and Drama encourage pupils to be expressive and creative whilst working independently and collectively. Within this faculty you will find staff passionate about bringing out students’ natural ability, whether that is through a dance routine, a musical instrument or a play. The faculty benefit from a wealth of extra-curricular opportunities and students’ success is shared with parents, carers and staff via a range of annual evening events including the whole school production and the Gym and Dance Display.
Music teachers run a host of clubs enabling students of all abilities to learn to play a variety of instruments. Pupils can also become a part of the school’s Choir Club and perform at a number of events both within the school and the wider community. Furthermore, there is a Music Academy for students of all ages and abilities where members work hard to deliver a number of impressive evening events throughout each school year.
The Faculty of Social Sciences encourages students to look at the world around them a little more closely- with society at the heart of learning for all pupils choosing to study Psychology, RS, Sociology and/or Health & Social Care. During these courses sociology teachers ask students to look and question everything from socialisation, culture and identity, whilst pupils studying psychology will analyse cognitive, social, biological, developmental, individual differences and research methods. The RS course helps students develop their interest in, and enthusiasm for, a rigorous study of Religion and its relation to the wider world. Those students choosing to study Health & Social Care will develop a solid knowledge and understanding of issues affecting the health and social sector and skills that will enable them to make an effective contribution to that sector.