Curriculum

 

Intention

It is the intention that our curriculum challenges and enriches our young people, exposing them, as far as possible, to the wealth of human knowledge, experience and understanding. We therefore plan our curriculum carefully to ensure a broad education for all students throughout the whole of their career at school.

By breadth, we mean:

  • The study of a broad variety of subject areas, with the varying demands upon the mind and body which this provides. This ensures that we deliver over and above the National Curriculum subjects.
  • Broad intellectual development - we expect that students should develop not just knowledge but also skills, aesthetic appreciation and an understanding of concepts and the community they live in at local, national and global scales, as well as appropriate attitudes and values.

Implementation

This breadth is planned in a number of ways, both in the classroom during timetabled lessons and outside the classroom. In timetabled lessons all students study a wide range of Arts, Language, Humanity and Science subjects alongside English and Maths. Students are expected to continue with Science, a Humanity and a Language to GCSE and most students will also take at least one creative subject alongside these. 

There are a wide range of "extra-curricular" activities. Most of these opportunities are open to students of all abilities and involve everyone in the year group. Further details can be found in our Curriculum Policy, our Trips and Visits Policy and on our Curriculum Map, which can be found here. Details of courses for GCSE, and the Sixth Form, can be found through the links at the bottom of the page.

Our House System, which is largely student-led, is an important part of the framework through which we plan many of these events and competitions. Where appropriate, we also facilitate participation at county, regional and national level. Further details about our House System can be found here.

Impact

Our Curriculum ensures that students leave school with excellent results across a broad range of academic qualifications. They are also intellectually curious, interested and interesting young people who have the skills, values and attitudes that should enable them to go on to lead successful lives outside school.

"The level of challenge appears to be pitched correctly. Our child has loved his time at QEHS from day one. He appears to enjoy most subjects and particularly football in which he has been given a lot of opportunity."
From the NFER Parental Survey

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