Our Curriculum, Principles and Aims

At THS we aim to provide a curriculum that will inspire students and provide them with the aspirations to achieve remarkable rates of progress, both academically and personally. We intend that our curriculum, both within taught lessons and beyond them, should create an environment where questioning, academic risk-taking, divergent thinking and the freedom to learn from mistakes are all encouraged. We also aim that our curriculum should imbue in our students these qualities: respect, care and honesty. Our curriculum will be accessible to all students regardless of their background or starting point. Whilst it is designed to provide a broad, rich and deep learning experience for the greater majority of students it is also flexible enough to be tailored to the needs of students who need addition support with literacy and numeracy. It seeks to strike an appropriate balance between the types of subjects that are delivered whilst ensuring that all students, regardless of prior learning, have access to academic, sporting and creative qualifications.

The curriculum should be seen in its widest sense as the entire planned learning experience. This includes formal lessons as well as trips, routines, and any learning that may take place outside the classroom. These curriculum guidelines should be seen within the overall aims and ethos of the school, which are at the core of its objectives.

We will ensure that students who have not made prior expected rates of progress catch up with their peers. A strategic approach to the organisation of the curriculum for these students will ensure that they do not miss out on opportunities to study the broadest range of subjects.

Our curriculum still values the breadth and depth of a full 3 year key stage 3 experience. We believe that this gives students a sound grounding in basic and core learning skills as well as providing time for them to develop in preparation for rigorous GCSEs and examinations. We believe this builds resilience and broadens experiences. All students are taught English Literature as a discrete GCSE course in addition to English Language.

At key stage 4 students will be able to specialise through an ‘options’ process. It is our aim that all students have equal access to the range of subjects regardless of prior attainment. This is underpinned by core group of subjects comprising of English, maths, science, PE, PfL (Preparation for Life) and computer science. We expect lower-attaining students to access Ebacc subjects and languages in the same way as their peers. We aim to build our Ebacc capability in the short and medium term so that the majority of students have access to these types of subjects. It is our wish to do this as this fits the profile of students in the early years of KS3 where we are finding an increase in the number of students coming with high KS2 scores.

We wish our curriculum to provide outcomes for students that will give them access to further study higher level employment or training. However, good examination results are only part of the picture, our curriculum will deliver a rich and full knowledge of the world in which we live. In addition, a full PSHCE programme is delivered via 3 ‘Space’ days each year in key stage 3. Themes for these days include personal development, citizenship, British values, SMSC, mental health and sex education. Literacy, numeracy, SMSC and British values are integral to the tutor and assembly programmes and teaching and learning.

The Distribution of Curriculum Subjects

Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 & 9)

Core English (4hrs), Maths (4hrs), Science (4hrs), Computer Science (1hrs), RE (1hr), PE (1hr).
Foundation Technology (1hr), Geography (2hrs), History (2hrs), MFL (2hrs), Art (1hr), Music (1hr), Drama (1hr).
PSHCE Students will also have 3 full days studying a PSHCE programme covering aspects such as sexual health, tolerance, extremism, mental health and preparing students for the world of work.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 & 11) September 2018

Year 10
Core English (5hrs), Maths (4hrs), Science (4hrs), Computing (1hr), RE (1hr), Core PE (1hr), PfL (1hr).
Options Block A Block B Block C
  TBC Pending Options Process, time-line begins January 2018 with pupil ‘Straw Poll Process’.    
Year 11 (Year 10 2017/18)
Core English (5hrs), Maths (4hrs), Science (4hrs), Computing (1hr), PfL (1hr), Core PE (1hr).
Options Block A Block B Block C
Art Business Studies PE
D&T History Triple Science
Media Studies Music Drama
French Geography Computer Science
Spanish Food Tech’ RE


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