Curriculum Intent

At Church Stretton School we offer a curriculum which:

  • Is broad and balanced
    All students should have the opportunity to follow all subjects of the national curriculum at KS3, including PSHE.  Students gain a wide variety of knowledge, understanding and skills so that they should be able to develop intellectually, creatively, socially and physically.
  • Provides enjoyment, boosts self-esteem and raises aspirations
    the curriculum should motivate all students to want to learn.
  • Promotes equal opportunities, good behaviour and spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
    All students should develop as rounded citizens through the totality of their educational experience.
  • Give all pupils knowledge, skills and understanding of British Values and how to keep themselves safe. 
    This includes information on Radicalisation and our Prevent Duty. 
  • Encompasses the acquisition of personal, learning and thinking skills
    All subjects will emphasise the teaching, learning, assessment and progression in cross curricular skills.
  • Emphasises the importance of Literacy and Numeracy
    All students are able to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills in Literacy and Numeracy across the curriculum.
  • Enables students to understand the connections between different subjects
    All students should increasingly experience a curriculum which includes the study of some topics that cross traditional subject boundaries.
  • Supported by enrichment
    To help students to see the relevance of what they are learning to the outside world as well as give them opportunities to extend their learning outside of the curriculum.
  • Prepares young people for the future
    All students should be equipped with the knowledge, skills and understanding to achieve as highly as possible at Key Stage 4 and beyond.
  • Responds to cohort needs
    Every cohort is analysed in preparation for the year ahead. Subjects we offer and qualifications pupils access are under constant review.

Curriculum structure
The curriculum is delivered through a 25 lesson a week timetable, each lesson lasting for 60 minutes.

In all subjects we aim to build on the learning that has taken place in the Primary School at Key Stage 2. We follow the National Curriculum at Key Stage 3 to ensure all students have a sound knowledge base to prepare them for GCSE at the end of Year 11. We have planned assessment milestones in all subjects. Assessment is continuous through formative tasks and through end of course summative assessments.