When seeking to define our curriculum offer, it is important to look much further beyond the subjects which are offered in the classroom. These form just a small fraction of our curriculum; it is in fact everything which takes place in our school, from all our extra-curricular clubs, to our drama performances and our Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. The students here at Whitworth have an amazing variety of enrichment opportunities and the skills and values they learn outside of the classroom helps to form the person they grow up to become.
Our vision is to promote the highest aspirations amongst students: to have dreams for the future and to work towards them in the present . We work to develop resilience, self-belief and self-motivation in all of our students and help them to reach their full academic potential. Additionally, our curriculum aims and intent are to;
promote the social, moral, spiritual and cultural development of every student and to develop British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
Create a safe and secure, disciplined and happy learning environment
Provide a broad and balanced education for all students at WCHS which builds on prior knowledge and skills
Engage students in learning which is enjoyable, stimulating and relevant to students now and for the future
Provide a cohesive, progressive curriculum where explicit links between subjects and across key stages are forged
Enable students to develop knowledge, understand concepts and acquire skills, and be able to choose and apply these in relevant situations; and to instil an aspirational mindset
Support students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development to enable them to become responsible, respectful members of the local and wider community
Support students’ physical development and responsibility for their own health, and enable them to be active
Promote a positive attitude towards learning; pride in their own progress and achievement; and a strong work ethic, through providing a curriculum which offers opportunity to celebrate and share success: valuing attainment, progress and effort equally
Ensure equal access to learning, with high expectations for every student and appropriate levels of challenge and support
Provide subject choices that support students’ learning and progression, and enable them to work towards achieving their goals
Ensure that as many students as possible leave our school equipped with a strong set of Level 2 and GCSE results
Develop students’ independent learning skills and resilience, as well as their communication and numeracy skills, to equip them for post-16 education, further/higher education and employment and to become lifelong learners.
For any curriculum enquiries, please make contact with Mr Bland. Assistant Headteacher, who has responsibility for curriculum matters.
Our key stage 3 and 4 curriculum is currently under a significant review which is being undertaken by the Senior Leadership Team in consultation with the Operational Leadership Team.
The current curriculum offer at WCHS is often referred to as a 'half-way-house' model, through which students have some element of choice at the end of year 8 whilst retaining all the core Key Stage 3 National Curriculum subjects, including Geography and History until the end of year 9. After this point, students have a more personalised timetable based on their option choices.
Students in both key stages study a broad and balanced curriculum. All students at WCHS complete qualifications in English, English Literature, Mathematics, Science, and a choice of either Geography or History. Students also study a discrete lesson of PSHE/RSE/RS and PE. Students may then choose two further level 2 options from a wide variety of subjects including; Spanish, Religious Studies, Technology, Art, Computer Science, Sociology, Health & Social Care, Sport & Fitness, Performing Arts, Drama, Business Studies and Music.
The review of the curriculum is looking at the benefits and drawbacks of the half-way-house model, as described above. Further information will be released in the new year, when approved by Governors
Assessment and Reporting
We have always placed a very strong emphasis on the quality of our assessment and reporting at WCHS. Subject teachers will assess and monitor students both formally and during the natural course of lessons, with the overall aim of improving progress and attainment of students.
Each year group has a set of formal exams at the end of the academic year. Additionally, our Year 11 students will sit 2 sets of mock exams; the first being in November and the second in February.
Our reporting cycle breaks the academic year into four quarters, each lasting approximately nine weeks. This translates into parents receiving 4 academic reports per year. Each report is uploaded to Edulink, where it can be viewed and printed as many times as parents require. Students in Year 11 will therefore be able to see all their reports back to their time when they started at Whitworth in Year 7. The first progress report is released in November, with subsequent reports in February, April and July. If you have any concerns or questions about your child’s progress, please contact their class teacher, form tutor, Progress Leader or Mr Bland (Assistant Headteacher)