Curriculum Overview

We are proud of our curriculum, which is broad, balanced and ensures every student has the opportunity to reach his or her full potential. Moving from primary to secondary school can be a daunting prospect for children and for their parents! Excellent links with our partner primary schools and our enhanced pastoral care programme in Year 7 supports an effective, smooth transition.

KS3 (Years 7 & 8):

In addition, students are often taught one core subject in their form.  This means students will see their form tutors every day for registration, along with their lessons in the tutor’s specific subject area and this helps support the high level of pastoral care during this key transition phase.

After four weeks students are placed into broad ability groups based on a range of available data. Students will be in different groups for: Science; Maths, and in the same groups for MFL, English and Humanities lessons. There are opportunities for students to move groups throughout the year, allowing them to progress accordingly and allowing those students who may require extra attention to receive the appropriate support. The year group is split into three populations, each population being then split into sets. Students will remain in their mixed ability form groups for all Performing and Visual Arts subjects, Computing, PE and PSHEE.

As an example:

7P (forms P,E,R)
7O (forms O,M,I,N)
7G (forms G,A,T)
7P Maths 1
7O Maths 1
7G Maths 1
7P Maths 2
7O Maths 2
7G Maths 2
7P Maths 3
7O Maths 3
7G Maths 3
7O Maths 4

In Year 7 and 8, students will study the following subjects:

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All students will study either French or German from the start of Year 7. In Year 8, students follow the same basic curriculum however, students who have been identified as having an aptitude for languages will be placed in set 1 for MFL.

These students will then be taught the second language for one lesson a week, which will allow them to choose either language to study to GCSE level or indeed to become dual linguists.

KS4 (Years 9-11):

Students at Haslingden opt for their KS4 courses at the end of Year 8, allowing them three years to study their chosen subjects with Year 9 allowing students to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding of their chosen subjects in greater depth, providing a firm foundation for studying the accredited courses at KS4. Students receive a wealth of information and guidance when choosing their options, as we know this can be a very difficult process. Students follow a core curriculum of Maths, English, Dual Award Science, RS, PSHEE and PE/Games. They then choose three option subjects from the wide range of courses on offer. All our students must choose at least one subject from the following list, in order to ensure that students follow a broad and balanced curriculum with an appropriately academic diet (some students are guided onto an ASDAN course which will support their studies across the rest of the curriculum).

  • French
  • German
  • History
  • Geography
  • Triple Science
  • Computer Science

However, a free choice is available for the other option choices for a majority of students. (Students may choose from the following wide variety):

  • Art, Craft & Design GCSE
  • Business Studies GCSE
  • Computer Science GCSE
  • Dance GCSE
  • Design and Technology GCSE (Electronics, Graphics and Resistant Materials)
  • Drama GCSE
  • Enterprise and Marketing Cambridge National
  • Food Preparation and Nutrition GCSE
  • French GCSE
  • Geography GCSE
  • German GCSE
  • History GCSE
  • Health and Social Care Cambridge National
  • Information Technology Cambridge National
  • Media GCSE
  • Music GCSE
  • Triple Science GCSE
  • Vocational Sport

At KS4 students are split into two populations rather than three as at KS3. This allows much greater flexibility when placing students into appropriate ability groups. Depending on the size of the cohort, each population will be divided into ability groups for Maths, English, RS and Science. These subjects group independently from each other. Thus, as an example, a student could be in set 1 for English, set 3 for Maths and set 4 for Science.


The majority of our sixth form students embark on studying 4 A levels or Level 3 courses and some will continue with those four subjects after the first year; others may choose to drop a subject at the end of Year 12.  A number of students study vocational qualifications such as the Cambridge Technical Diploma. Vocational qualifications are available in Business, Food and Nutrition, ICT, Media Studies, Health and Social Care and Sport. Other students study a combination of the different types of qualification. Each subject is allocated 5 periods a week; with the exception of maths, biology, chemistry and physics, which are allocated 6 periods a week to ensure adequate time is available for the required practical work. Subjects currently on offer in our sixth form are:

Business (vocational)
Business Studies A Level
Computer Science
Design Technology (Graphic Products)
English Language
English Literature
Further Maths
Food & Nutrition (vocational)
Health and Social Care (vocational)
Media Studies
Religious Studies
Sport (vocational)
Science (vocational)

In addition to this broad and balanced curriculum, all our Year 12 students are allocated one period of study time, per subject, per week. Each subject teacher indicates extra activities that students should undertake independently to improve their learning. A quiet, supervised study room is provided for this purpose.

All students also participate in our enrichment programme, which involves students in a variety of activities which includes work experience, charity work, the EPQ programme and arts and music clubs.