Curriculum

Curriculum Introduction

In this statement, curriculum ‘intent’ is taken to mean all that we plan for students to learn while they are in our school. This includes all that is planned for students within the taught curriculum and the organised enrichment opportunities inside and outside the classroom. Our intent is informed by the impacts we seek, which are short-term (e.g. immediate lesson and unit outcomes), mid-term (related to courses) and long term (lasting beyond students’ experience of school). The School acknowledges that its distinctive ethos invites and encourages further opportunities for learning outside the planned curriculum; these are not the subject of this document.

The curriculum is explicitly underpinned by the School’s values.

At department level, the curriculum is evaluated regularly against the principles described below and reflects these values.

Curriculum intent:

The School intends its curriculum to be stimulating, fulfilling, enjoyable and imbued with moral purpose; the child’s experience of the curriculum should include challenge, surprise and encounters with big ideas.

Our School values underpin our curriculum:

Enjoy and achieve: The School retains a three-year KS3 curriculum and a two-year KS4 curriculum except where certain subject areas construct a five-year programme. This ensures the broadest curriculum offer is retained for as long as possible. Careful thought is given to the order of teaching and the appropriateness of the demands of the curriculum at each stage. We encourage the identification of cross-curricular synergy and conflict but reject unnecessary generalisation between subject areas. The planned curriculum in each department is ambitious in its scope, allowing all students the opportunity to achieve the highest levels of attainment. Planning gives students the opportunity to succeed and achieve fulfilment through the assimilation of knowledge in a structured and considered way, reflecting accepted understanding of how students learn over time; it aims to broaden horizons and increase the cultural capital of all students.

Be creative: The School values creativity in learning, through both the implementation and structure of the planned curriculum. We retain a broad curriculum, embracing the arts and technical subjects, to which we allocate significant time at KS3 and offer as options for GCSE. Additionally, the planned curriculum offers opportunities for students to develop sufficient knowledge on which to develop enquiry and creativity in their learning. Opportunities are planned for students to be curious and question their understanding as well as to be imaginative in their application of their knowledge.

Respect each other: Our curriculum is designed to promote equality and diversity and challenge discrimination of any type. We expect opportunities for this to be planned through the curriculum. Each curriculum area should plan for all students, considering all levels of prior attainment, educational need or gender.

Be heard: The curriculum reflects the School’s commitment to democracy. All students study a full course GCSE in Citizenship which includes a requirement for an action project. Where possible, the curriculum is developed and reviewed in co-agency with our students. The curriculum across the school engages with democratic principles learned explicitly within Citizenship and gives students the chance to apply this learning in a content specific way.

The School’s curriculum is underpinned by:

  • identified key concepts, repeated throughout programmes of study to ensure they are embedded through learning, addressing within these common misconceptions to reduce cognitive conflict.
  • the development and use of consistent, subject-specific language from Year 7 to clarify learning through repetition and understanding.
  • the development of reading, both generally and for subject-specific purpose, as an integral skill for learning.
  • decisions made solely in the best interests of our students. We accept that, on occasions, this may lead to alternative curriculum models being explored and employed, but in all cases the rationale for curriculum change or continuation must be explicitly to benefit our students.

Curriculum Content

Please find all curriculum details and information below. Each document includes the respective GCSE courses and assessment information. The Key Stage 4 Course Booklet summarises the content of each GCSE subject across the two years and the Key Stage 4 Information Evening Presentation is also available.

For more information regarding the GCSE curriculum offer, please see our current GCSE options booklet and Parents' Guide to the process.

If you require any further details regarding our curriculum, these are available from Mr Yassin at g.yassin@fehs.set.education

Art

Citizenship

Computing Science 

Dance (GCSE only)

Drama

Design Technology (comprising Resistant Materials, Product Design, Textiles and Food Technology)

English

Geography 

History 

Maths 

Modern Foreign Languages (comprising French, Spanish and German)

Music 

Physical Education

Religion, Philosophy and Ethics 

Psychology (GCSE only)

Science 

PSHE

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