Curriculum

“Pupils benefit from a well-planned curriculum. They take pride in their learning. The curriculum reflects the diverse cohort.” Ofsted, 2022

Whole School Curriculum Intent

The belief in an aspirational, academic and creative curriculum for all students, irrespective of socio-economic background or academic ability is fundamental to the success of Stopsley High School. Our curriculum focuses on maximising excellence for all through ‘Ambition, Endeavour, Success’. We have maintained a tradition of providing a broad and balanced education in a way that is designed to meet the needs of students in a comprehensive context. Our students experience a three-year Key Stage 3 and two-year Key Stage 4 curriculum to ensure appropriate levels of depth and breadth are delivered in all programmes of study. This allows students to experience the range of courses on offer at Stopsley and make informed choices in Year 9 about their Key Stage 4 courses. Our broad curriculum is further represented in the range of courses on offer at Key Stage 4, but also in the breadth of the type of courses on offer. 

It is planned and sequenced so that new knowledge can build upon what has been previously taught. Lessons are challenging and ambitious with flexible and responsive teaching ensuring that all student needs are met. Curriculums are created to support transition onto the next Key Stage of learning, including building upon Key Stage 2 programmes of study. Our school is extremely diverse and a high number of students have English as an additional language. Where required, lessons are adapted to meet the specific individual needs of students. This includes additional support in class, targeted withdrawal/interventions and after school provision.

Our curriculum is framed with the intention of producing well-balanced students prepared for the responsibilities and opportunities that arise throughout life and prepare students for the challenges of the current and local context. Our curriculum raises aspirations and builds students’ independence, resilience and self-belief.

Furthermore, there is a focus on increasing students’ vocabulary, disciplinary literacy and reading development, to ensure that students are empowered as individuals to fulfil their academic potential.Our rich curriculum reflects the needs of the culturally diverse and multiethnic local community, including promoting fundamental British values and spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. This is addressed vertically through age appropriate PSHCE and Ethics content, and is also mapped horizontally across the curriculum to maximise student exposure. Examples include tutor time activities, assemblies, Careers week, student voice groups and school trips. Our Top Class Student Programme actively encourages students to reflect on their essential competencies, celebrate key milestones in their development and set aspirational goals. Our curriculum aims to stimulate and challenge students, by providing them with the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed and be fully prepared for education, work and life beyond the school.

The school recognises the value of students studying a modern foreign language and subjects such as History and Geography at Key Stage 4. This coincides with the government ambition of increasing the number of students studying EBacc subjects. However, it is not compulsory to study these subjects, it is strongly encouraged.

Information regarding each subject’s curriculum and the contact detail of each Head of Department can be found by following the links below:

Art

“Art should be something that liberates your soul, provokes the imagination and encourages people to go further.” 

– Keith Haring

“I admire people who dare to take the language, English, and understand it and understand the melody.”

– Maya Angelou

MFL

“You live a new life for every language you speak. If you know only one language, you live only once.” 

– Czech Proverb

Child Development

“Children are not things to be moulded, but are people to be unfolded.” 

– Jess Lair

Ethics & Philosophy

“In a civilised society, diversity in religious orientation should be the reason for celebration, not the cause for hatred and differentiation.”

– Abhijit Naskar

Music

Music enhances the education of our children by helping them to make connections and broadening the depth with which they think and feel. If we are to hope for a society of culturally literate people, music must be a vital part of our children’s education. 

– Yo Yo Ma, Cellist

Construction

“You can dream, create, design, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it requires people to make the dream a reality.” 

– Walt Disney

Geography

“Geography is a subject which holds the key to our future” 

– Michale Palin

Physical Education

“Physical Education is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body. It is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.”

– John F. Kennedy

Dance

“I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself.” 

– Mikhail Baryshnikov

History

“A generation which ignores history has no past and no future.” 

– Robert Heinlein

PSHCE

“Education that helps young people develop (life skills) has transformative potential.” 

– UNICEF

Design & Technology

“Everything is design, everything” 

– Paul Rand

ICT

“Everyone should learn how to code, it teaches you to think.”

– Steve Jobs

Science

“Scientists have become the bearers of the torch of discovery in our quest for knowledge.” 

– Stephen Hawking

Drama

“Actors are agents of change. A film, a piece of theatre, a piece of music, or a book can make a difference. It can change the world.”

– Alan Rickman

Maths

“Go down deep enough into anything and you will find mathematics.”

– Dean Schlicter

Sociology

“My students often ask me, ‘What is sociology?’ And I tell them, ‘It’s the study of the way in which human beings are shaped by things that they don’t see.” 

– Sam Richards


Courses of study

Key Stage Three: English, Mathematics, Science, a Modern Language (French or Spanish), History, Geography, Ethics, Drama, Music, Art, IT, Design & Technology, Construction, Dance, Physical Education and PSHCE (which also includes RSE & Careers Education). 

Key Stage Four: English (Language and Literature), Mathematics, Science (Combined or Separate Sciences), Physical Education and PSHCE (which includes RSE & Careers education). They may also choose additional subjects from a broad range including; French, Spanish, Ethics, Sociology, History, Geography, Computer Science, Art, Child Development, Drama, Music, Physical Education, Construction, Design Technology and Food Preparation and Nutrition. 

Subject allocations 2022/2023

The contact details of our Senior Teaching & Learning Team can be found below:

S Bailey – Deputy Headteacher – sbailey@stopsleyhighschool.co.uk

P Ramsay – Assistant Headteacher – pramsay@stopsleyhighschool.co.uk

E Hardy – Assistant Headteacher – ehardy@stopsleyhighschool.co.uk

C Holt – Assistant Headteacher – cholt@stopsleyhighschool.co.uk

N Ganatra – Associate Assistant Headteacher – nganatra@stopsleyhighschool.co.uk

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September 2022

Ofsted

In September 2022, Stopsley High School received a full graded Section 5 Ofsted inspection. We are delighted to share that we are officially a ‘Good’ School across all areas. This makes now an exciting time to join us, as we are a ‘good’ school continuing to strive on our journey to ‘Outstanding’. 

“Pupils benefit from a well-planned curriculum. They take pride in their learning.The curriculum reflects the diverse cohort. Teachers have strong subject knowledge. The curriculum contains the knowledge pupils should learn.”

Ofsted 2022

“Leaders have established high expectations of behaviour. Staff apply the behaviour policy consistently, both in lessons and around the site. This ensures pupils are prompt to lessons and reduces any disruption to learning.”

Ofsted 2022

“Pupils develop increasingly rich knowledge as they progress through the school. This means they are well prepared for their next steps. From the start of their time in the school, pupils receive well-planned advice for their future.” Ofsted,

Ofsted 2022

“Pupils from a diverse range of backgrounds and ethnicities learn to respect and support each other.”

Ofsted 2022

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