CLHS Curriculum Statement 2017-18

Years 7, 8 and 9

In years 7 and 8 pupils are taught in mixed ability teaching groups for all subjects except maths. The teaching groups will be formed when pupils enter the school and will be based on pastoral information received from the feeder primary schools. The pupils have different groupings for core and foundation subjects which allows for pupils to mix more widely in school. In maths, year 7 pupils are initially taught in all-ability groups until after October half term and then move into ability sets based on a range of data once we know them better. Staff will differentiate appropriately for the needs of the pupils to allow stretch and challenge at all levels of ability. Pupils may move groupings if this is felt to be necessary due to pastoral issues. In years 7 and 8 there will be a group of pupils who will be taught together for lessons, and they will receive an enhanced curriculum focussing on improving literacy and learner confidence.

In year 9 pupils are placed into sets in some subjects where they begin the GCSE curriculum. These ability groups will be determined by the assessment data collected by the school over the previous two years, and the data generated by the target setting process. Other subjects will continue to be taught in all-ability groups. It is expected that at this stage the ability of the pupils will be well known to the school and subsequent need for set changes will be minimised.

Years 10 and 11

All pupils study English language and literature, maths and science. In their core science lessons pupils are initially taught the subject content for the separate sciences of physics, chemistry and biology; however, as pupils progress into year 11, a decision is made as to which pupils continue with these separate sciences and which are entered for combined sciences. The significant majority of pupils also study history, geography or French (or a combination of all three). The school ensures that the Ebacc is available to all pupils as part of the curriculum design, although there is no compulsion for pupils to opt for the Ebacc suite of subjects. Pupils also take 3 subjects from the list of options subjects which is updated each year. Pupils are taught in setted groups in English, maths and science. They are taught in all-ability groups in their option subjects. There are some pupils for whom an entry into history or geography is not appropriate; therefore, these pupils receive lessons in Life Skills, which encompass financial education, preparedness for work and extra maths and English tuition.

All Years

All pupils in Key Stages 3 and 4 study Religious Education as outlined in the statutory guidance from the DfE and the Local Agreement. Personal, Social, Health, Education (PHSE), citizenship and careers education is provided throughout the years as part of timetabled lessons and collapsed curriculum days or part-days. Physical Education is delivered to all year groups as part of timetabled lessons.

The curriculum offer is reviewed each year to take into account government legislation and the views of pupils, parents, governors and staff.

Subjects taught in years 7 to 9: Subjects taught in years 10 and 11:
Dance English Language
Drama English Literature
English Maths
French Chemistry, Biology, Physics
Geography History
History Geography
ICT French
Literacy Life Skills
Maths Music
Music PE
RE Photography
Science Travel & Tourism
Art Business Studies
Catering Textiles
Citizenship Sociology
Design & Technology RE
PE Dance
Textiles Child Development & Care
  Practical Horticulture
  Social Development


The school operates on a two-week timetable comprising of five 1-hour lessons per day. This equates to 50 periods over the fortnightly cycle.

Pupils are allocated eight lessons of English and maths throughout years 7-9. This continues with eight lessons of maths in years 10 and 11 however the allocation for English language and literature increases to five and four respectively.

Science allocations are five lessons in years 7 and 8, six lessons in year 9 and ten lessons in years 10 and 11.

History, geography and MFL are allocated four lessons in years 7 to 9.

All qualification subjects except English, maths and science are allocated five lessons per fortnight.

Statutory obligations are met through PHSE, Social Development and careers lessons.

KS4 Courses

Qualification QAN
AQA Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Art and Design - GCSE (9-1) Full Course 60180882
AQA Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Biology - GCSE (9-1) Full Course 60187529
Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Business - BTEC First Award 60047860
WJEC Level 1/2 Vocational Award in Hospitality and Catering (Specification A) - WJEC L1/L2 Award 60177032
AQA Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Chemistry - GCSE (9-1) Full Course 60187578
Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Performing Arts - BTEC First Award 60047859
Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Performing Arts - BTEC First Award 60047859
WJEC Eduqas Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in English Language - GCSE (9-1) Full Course 60145055
WJEC Eduqas Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in English Literature - GCSE (9-1) Full Course 60152461
WJEC Eduqas Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in French - GCSE (9-1) Full Course 60189009
AQA Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Geography - GCSE (9-1) Full Course 60184103
VTCT Level 2 Certificate in Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy (VRQ) - VRQ Level 2 60105562
NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Health and Fitness  - VRQ Level 2 60145341
OCR Level 1/Level 2 GCSE in Health and Social Care - Vocational GCSE Single Award 50044539
Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in History - GCSE (9-1) Full Course 60180924
Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Information and Creative Technology - BTEC First Award 60047896
Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Mathematics - GCSE (9-1) Full Course 60147003
AQA Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Physical Education - GCSE (9-1) Full Course 60182799
AQA Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Art and Design (Photography) - GCSE (9-1) Full Course 60180882
AQA Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Physics - GCSE (9-1) Full Course 60187517
AQA Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Religious Studies Specification A - GCSE (9-1) Full Course 60184000
AQA Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Combined Science: Trilogy - GCSE (9-1) Double Award  6018758X
AQA Level 1/Level 2 GCSE in Sociology - GCSE Full Course 50044369