The Highfields 11-16 Curriculum
All students at Highfields follow a broad and balanced curriculum. The Highfields curriculum is designed to engage and challenge all students to strive to achieve their full potential, both in their studies and in developing as young people equipped to live happy and fulfilling lives in modern Britain and beyond. We aim to develop confident, considerate and successful young people, who enjoy and appreciate the value of learning and citizenship, ready to make positive contributions to their local communities and to society.
Through the Key Stage 3 Learn to Learn programme, and the integration of the 5Rs across the school curriculum, we aim to develop students as effective learners, equipped with the skills and self-awareness required to succeed. These skills become increasingly important as students progress through the school, and are key to achieving one’s potential.
In Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11) students follow a core curriculum of English, Maths, Science, Philosophy and Religious Studies, and Physical Education (PE). Students then have a choice of four ‘optional’ subjects to specialise in. We strongly encourage students to consider the choices they make at this stage within the context of the ‘pathways’ open to them Post-16 and beyond.
Students’ social, moral, spiritual and cultural education at Highfields is essential to their development as young people. All curriculum areas contribute to this programme, alongside specialist provision within Philosophy and Religious Education and through the Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) programme which focusses on areas including sex and relationships, careers, health, democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. At Key Stage 4 we provide a dedicated programme of specialised events and opportunities. Across the whole school, the pastoral system also performs a vital role in contributing to this provision and providing for the needs of individual students.
At Highfields we believe strongly in the importance of providing students with a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities. These include clubs and teams across the Arts and Sports, as well as additional Academic clubs and student-led groups with particular interests. We strongly encourage students to participate in such activities both within and outside school, in order to achieve an effective work-life balance.
For more information on our curriculum, please contact Mr P. Cole.