The curriculum at Castle Hill High School is broad, balanced, challenging and engaging. It prepares students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences which they will encounter after leaving us whilst promoting spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development.
Our curriculum is based on the National Curriculum and is broadly divided into a Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9), Key Stage 4 (Years 10 & 11) and Key Stage 5 (Years 12 & 13) model.
In Years 7-9 all students follow an identical curriculum (in terms of subjects and curriculum time) and are taught in mixed ability groups with teaching being differentiated to both support and challenge all students.
In Years 10 and 11 students follow both a core (English, maths, science etc) and option curriculum. The options curriculum allows students to progress further in areas in which they have a particular skill or interest. In keeping with our aim of preparing students for the world of work, all students follow a vocation course as part of their options curriculum.
Our Key Stage 5 curriculum focuses on developing and extending key functional skills in literacy, numeracy and computing alongside vocational courses and work-based learning. In this way our sixth form students are thoroughly prepared for the world of work.
Our curriculum offers a very clear pathway for progression and all courses from Year 10 onwards lead to a qualification of some sort eg. GCSE, BTEC, Entry Level Certificate and Functional Skills.
Documents giving further information about our curriculum
Our curriculum booklet gives more details of the breadth and progression which our curriculum offers and an outline of what students will be studying in each subject during each school year. It also contains details of the qualifications which students follow in Key Stages 4 and 5. It can be viewed here:
The following document explains our Castle Hill Curriculum Levels and gives level descriptors for our Year 7-9 curriculum:
The following document gives an overview of the whole school curriculum:
Progression through our curriculum can be seen in this document:
The following document shows all the qualifications that we offer at Key Stage 4:
Details of our sixth form curriculum can be found here:
The following document gives an overview of our BTEC vocational curriculum:
The following document explains how the different qualifications we offer relate to one another and how they are graded: