Many schools talk about having a ‘broad and balanced curriculum’ but what does that mean at Heart of England?
For us it means that students should have every opportunity to build on their learning from primary school and develop further knowledge and understanding of core subjects. It is also a time to discover new interests, skills and talents which they have time to develop and refine. As such we want our curriculum offer to be a greenhouse rather than a hot-house so that our students can flourish, feel successful and achieve highly.
In the wake of the removal of levels we made the most of our academy freedoms and completely re-designed our Key Stage 3 curriculum. Starting from Year 7 we have a programme of study that is designed to furnish our students with the knowledge and skills they will need to have mastered by the end of Year 9 in order to be successful in their GCSE studies.
We are fully committed to a three year Key Stage 3 that aims to develop skilful learners who are ready to take on the challenge of a new era of GCSEs and paves the way for success at GCSE rather than covering repetitive content.
When it comes to GCSE our students have a balance of compulsory study and choice. Students do not follow pathways but are free to choose within the parameters of the timetable and Department for Education expectations those subjects which best suit their aspirations and their areas of skill.
Similarly at Sixth Form students have a wide choice of A Level subjects and are encouraged to research which options will best enable them to fulfil their ambitions and to keep doors open to their futures.
Use the sub menus for details about our Curriculum Offer and Curriculum Plan.