Curriculum

Children’s learning should equip them with the knowledge, skills, understanding and attitudes which they need now and will need in the future to enrich their lives as individuals, within their families, the wider community, and in employment.

In partnership, the school and parents should inculcate in students a love of learning, a respect for themselves and others and an ability to work together which will equip them to be life-long learners and valuable members of society. Consequently the school’s curriculum will provide students with the opportunities to gain knowledge, skills and understanding and through these processes to develop their own abilities, talents, aspirations and characters.

The school will embrace the National Curriculum and through them each child's entitlement to a curriculum which is broad and balanced. The School will create maximum flexibility within the National Curriculum. Recognising each child as an individual with her/his own aptitudes and interests, the school will extend and deepen a student's experiences, matching courses as closely as possible to each child's needs. In this process of curriculum tailoring, quality will take precedence over mere quantity.

Children learn not only what is overtly taught but also from how their learning is managed, and through the relationships and attitudes which prevail in the school and beyond. This school, therefore, will employ those methods and styles of teaching which:

  • establish clear, shared goals;
  • encourage reading and research;
  • value challenge, co-operation, adaptability and innovation;
  • promote reflection and self-evaluation.

In so doing the school will draw on a wide range of resources within and beyond the school: in the classroom, through enrichment activities, in the home, in local further education colleges, in the community (through visits and visitors) and through residential experiences.

Through these approaches and experiences children will be encouraged to make learning their own.