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The curriculum at Castle Hill High School is broad, balanced, challenging and engaging. It prepares students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences which they will encounter after leaving us, whilst promoting spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development.

Literacy and numeracy are at the heart of our curriculum and our aim is for all our students to leave us functionally literate and numerate. Alongside this we put a great emphasis on developing students' independence and resilience. 

Student engagement is key to a successful curriculum and, with this in mind, we ensure that our curriculum is relevant, challenging and delivered in an age-appropriate context. This makes lessons accessible and fun for our students and promotes in them a love of learning. 

Whilst we do, of course, follow the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum at Key Stages 3 and 4, we are keen to ensure that students are educated beyond its strict confines and that they undertake a wide range of educational experiences, aimed at enriching and extending their abilities and understanding. In so doing students will leave us as confident, self-reliant individuals able to make a positive contribution to society.

How our curriculum is organised

Our curriculum is based on the National Curriculum and is divided into Key Stage 3 (Years 7-8), Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 & 11) and Key Stage 5 (Years 12 & 13).

Key Stage 3

In Years 7 and 8 all students follow a common curriculum (in terms of subjects and curriculum time) and are taught in mixed ability groups, with teaching being differentiated to both support and challenge all students. Further details of the Key Stage 3 curriculum can be found here:

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 4

In Year 9 students continue with the broad and balanced curriculum experienced in Years 7 and 8 and begin Entry Level Certificate courses in some subjects.

In Years 10 and 11 students follow both a core (English, maths, science etc) and options curriculum. The options curriculum allows students to progress further in areas in which they have a particular skill or interest. In keeping with our aim of preparing students for the world of work, all students follow a vocation course as part of their options curriculum.

Our Key Stage 4 curriculum offers a clear pathway for progression and all courses from Year 10 onwards lead to a qualification of some sort eg. GCSE, BTEC, Entry Level Certificate and Functional Skills.

Further details of the Key Stage 4 curriculum can be found here:

Key Stage 4

Key Stage 5

Our Key Stage 5 curriculum focuses on developing and extending key functional skills in literacy, numeracy and computing alongside vocational courses and hands-on, work-based learning. In this way our sixth form students are thoroughly prepared for the world of work.

Further details of the Key Stage 4 curriculum can be found here:

Key Stage 5


Documents giving further information about our curriculum

Our Curriculum Policy outlines the aims of our curriculum and how these are met.

Curriculum Policy

Our curriculum booklet gives more details of the breadth and progression which our curriculum offers and an outline of what students will be studying in each subject during each school year. It also contains details of the qualifications which students follow in Key Stages 4 and 5. It can be viewed here:

Curriculum booklet 2021-22

The following document explains our Castle Hill Curriculum Levels and gives level descriptors for our Year 7-9 curriculum:

Castle Hill Curriculum Levels

 The following document gives an overview of the whole school curriculum:

Curriculum model 2021-22

 Progression through our curriculum can be seen in this document:

Curriculum progression 2021-22

 The following document shows all the qualifications that we offer at Key Stage 4:

KS4 Qualifications

 Details of our sixth form curriculum can be found here:

Sixth form curriculum

 The following document gives an overview of our BTEC vocational curriculum:

BTEC Booklet

 The following document explains how the different qualifications we offer relate to one another and how they are graded:

Qualifications explained