Curriculum Statement 2020-2021

Our curriculum is broad, balanced and structured with a growing understanding of what children have learnt during their primary phase of education and the expectations at the end of Year 11 and beyond. Our curriculum is built and underpinned by our core values of: 

A     Ambition: we have high expectations for all students and set our standards accordingly. 

S     Success: students leave with the skills and knowledge to be successful in adult life. 

P     Progress: students make good progress, take charge of their own learning and reach their potential. 

I     Innovation: we develop new and creative ways of learning that embrace technological advancements, so that students are ready to take their place in the rapidly evolving world of work. 

R     Respect: students develop personal morals, respect themselves and others and are tolerant of other races, religions and ways of life. 

E     Engagement: learning is inspiring with students fully participating, taking an interest and developing a life-long love of learning. 

Main Principles

The curriculum should have breadth, balance, relevance, differentiation and allow progression.

The curriculum should promote knowledge and understanding, and allow the development of skills and personal qualities.

The curriculum should allow equality of access for all students.

High expectations of all students.

All students will have an entitlement to work related learning.

A curriculum that offers both academic and vocational qualifications appropriate to individual student ability, interest and preferred learning style.

Years 7 – 9

In years 7, 8 and 9, all students receive English, mathematics and science tuition. Additionally, students are taught modern foreign languages, history, geography, religious education, technology and computer science. All students have regular timetabled PE lessons and creative arts (drama, music and art) weekly. Where necessary, students may have a tailored pathway, which increases the amount of literacy support they receive so that they can access more of the curriculum as they progress through the school.

Years 10-11

In Years 10 and 11, students continue with their studies in English, mathematics, science and PE but also have an opportunity to choose at least 4 additional subjects. These are chosen in January of Year 9 and include subjects they have already experienced, as well as new areas of study such as health and social care, film and media studies. All students have the opportunity to complete the English Baccalaureate, which involves studying English, mathematics, science, a modern language and either history or geography.

Religious Education

The Religious Education programme is designed according to the Isle of Wight agreed syllabus, ‘Living Difference III’; our chosen religions are Christianity, Islam and Buddhism. In Year’s 7, 8 and 9 Religious Education is taught in discrete one hour weekly lessons using a conceptual enquiry approach. In addition, in all years Religious Studies is taught as part of our Social Studies programme, with links to the PREVENT strategy of creating safe educational spaces. Our Religious Education programme helps to promote young people’s spiritual, moral and cultural development and prepares them for life in modern Britain. 

Home Learning

Home learning tasks should support progress of all students through, for example: challenging preparation work for lessons; independent research; consolidation of learning; improving work following informative feedback (written or verbal). We use ‘Show My Homework’ to help students and their parents keep up to date with homework that has been set and when it is due in by.


All students can access a rich extra-curricular programme that, together with the curriculum, promotes healthy, spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development, thereby preparing students for the opportunities and responsibilities of adult life.

Key Stage 5

Our VI Form offers a full range of Level 3 academic courses; for more information see our separate Island VI Form prospectus.

For more information about the curriculum we are following, please contact Nick Krista or Karen Begley via our Contact Page.