Curriculum Intent

Our curriculum is broad, balanced and carefully planned to contribute to a learning environment that is meaningful, engaging, relevant and accessible. As an organisation, we are committed to being caring, inclusive and creative. Our curriculum is relevant to the context and locality of the school.

We seek to provide our students with the maximum number of choices when they move on their learning journey at age 16 as confident and ambitious self-led learners.  As well as having high performance in external examinations, we believe our students need the attributes of resilience, reflection, responsibility, collaboration and creativity. This threads through the curriculum with particular focus through the Arts curriculum, Time 4 Success and Rights Respecting days.

We believe that our students need a strong knowledge and skills base to engage meaningfully with the curriculum content as self-led learners.

 Our careers programme, extra-curricular offer and our extended dimensions through Greenfield Sports and Greenfield Arts promotes the opportunities for each student beyond school. Our careers programme is based on the Gatsby benchmarks and validated by the Investor in Careers accreditation. Our curriculum contributes to the preparation for the next phase and development into adulthood.

The organisation of our curriculum allows for the development of learning over five years. Option subjects are a focus from year 9, which is seen as a transitional year in core subjects before a full focus on the GCSE specification in Years 10 and 11. This approach facilitates appropriate grouping of students across both sites of our school in the lead up to external examinations but also enables students to develop a love of learning as they can explore in greater breadth and depth.

We recognise the value of a deep body of knowledge: a knowledge rich curriculum cannot be reduced to facts. We recognise that everything we learn is connected to something else we know. The more things we know the more connections there are. People who have extensive knowledge bases have significantly more possible connections available to them. This promotes curiosity and questioning.

We recognise the value of well-developed creative learning skills: without the skills to collaborate, evaluate and engage with the knowledge students would struggle to be able to engage in deep understanding. We recognise the value of creativity and creative learning. This is about fresh thinking at least for the person whose work it is. It is a dynamic process involving refining, testing and focusing on what you are doing. In many instances involves deep factual knowledge and high levels of practical skills.

As an organisation we believe in the value of promoting and valuing the learning of others. We also recognise that learning doesn’t always happen in a straight line so our curriculum provides many opportunities for reflection and evaluation.