Senior School Curriculum

The curriculum in the Senior School is designed to inform and inspire our pupils so that they can set their own ambitions and build towards them.

Senior School Curriculum

The curriculum in the Senior School is designed to inform and inspire our pupils so that they can set their own ambitions and build towards them.

Our Senior School curriculum has been built to ensure academic success whilst also paying attention to the wider needs of our pupils. Our aims are that every pupil:

  • achieves their full academic potential
  • develops into a well-rounded confident individual with a wide variety of interests and skills that extend beyond the classroom
  • cultivates a global perspective underpinned with fundamental British values.
  • acquires qualities such as critical thinking, resilience. empathy, and self-discipline.

To achieve this, in Key Stage 3 (Years 7 to 9), we introduce every pupil to a broad, well-balanced range of subjects.   In addition to the core subjects of English, Mathematics,  Science, Physical Education and PSHE, pupils are taught: Digital & Creative Arts (Art, Textile, Design, Food Technology, Animation, Computer Coding & Programming); Humanities (Geography, History & Religious Studies); Modern Foreign Languages (French & Spanish); and Performing Arts (Dance, Drama & Music).

In Year 9 we consult with our pupils and their parents to help them choose their GCSE subjects. We offer considerable flexibility of choice and plenty of advice on how best to match subjects to the abilities and aspirations of each individual. That way we can make sure that pupils keep the right doors open so that they can continue to pursue their ambitions.

In Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11), all our pupils follow a core curriculum of English, English Literature, Mathematics (some additionally study Statistics and Further Mathematics), Science (Biology, Physics and Chemistry), Sport and PSHE. Pupils also pursue three chosen option subjects.

Extending beyond the traditional academic curriculum, Colchester High School is also strongly focused on incorporating STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) thinking into our teaching.  Harnessing our pupils’ creative talents and blending them with skills in critical thinking, problem solving, entrepreneurship and leadership, we challenge our pupils to apply these skills to real-world problems facing industry and society today.

Pupils also receive weekly lessons in PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education), taught by Form Tutors, to ensure that our pupils develop the knowledge, skills, and attributes to keep them safe and to prepare them for life and work.

PSHE is also dealt with across the curriculum (e.g. Social issues through the teaching of English Literature; Health through Biology and PE; Citizenship through History & Religious Studies). There are also centrally organised sessions which supplement the delivery in-house, dealing with issues such as bullying, alcohol, sexual relationships and drugs, as well as supporting careers and economic education.

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