Curriculum Statement

At Haslingden High School, we aim to deliver a broad, rich curriculum for all our students. We seek to provide a high quality, holistic education that affords students with a wide variety of engaging opportunities that build confidence, develop skills and promote academic excellence. Our curriculum is driven by our school aims: to ensure that students achieve appropriate qualifications, that they are equipped with the skills to be lifelong learners and that each individual develops into a confident, well rounded adult ready to become a successful local, national and global citizen.

Our Curriculum in Practice

We have had a two year Key Stage 3 in place for many years now and we are confident that this is effective in preparing our students for their GCSE examinations, while still delivering a broad, rich curriculum over the three years of KS4.

At the end of Year 8, students choose three subjects to study in depth to GCSE level, whilst almost 70% of curriculum time is devoted to core subjects leading to GCSE level entry in English language, English literature, mathematics, dual award science and religious studies. To ensure students receive an appropriate academic diet almost all will choose an additional Ebacc subject. The remaining two options are offered as a free choice with over 20 options available to cater for individual students’ interests and aptitudes. All students are interviewed by a member of the School Leadership Team to discuss the appropriateness of their individual choices; in particular the more able students are strongly advised to consider taking both a modern foreign language and a humanities subject. Parental involvement in the decision making process is essential and is guaranteed via the Options Evening and Parents Evenings prior to students’ choices being made. Parents can choose to attend the Options Interview their child will have with a member of the Leadership Team.

Our Year 9 curriculum provides a foundation year for students to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills and understanding to prepare them for examination study, with some subjects beginning GCSE specific study at an appropriate point in Year 9.

Throughout key stages 3 and 4 our personal development programme focuses on key issues relevant to life in modern Britain, as well as supporting individuals to become confident and resilient learners. We encourage students to understand the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and acceptance of people of all faiths, races and cultures. The programme incorporates Sex & Relationships Education, Health, Careers Education, Citizenship and Enterprise Education. Opportunities also exist for students to extend their learning through a wide range of extracurricular activities and educational visits.

We provide our post-16 students with a wide variety of subjects and courses to choose from, predominantly at Level 3. We provide access to a variety of enrichment and entitlement opportunities to ensure students are well prepared for entry to university and /or the world of work. In addition, we offer a Level 2 course foundation course in Business Administration / IT.

Our curriculum is kept under regular review with our students’ entitlement to an appropriate, rich, broad, balanced and relevant curriculum at the heart of our decision making.

If you wish to find out more about the curriculum on offer at Haslingden High School, please view the subject specific pages or contact Ms E Edyvean