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Curriculum Statement 2021

Norton Canes High School’s ambitious curriculum is designed to ensure that pupils experience a rich, varied and diverse journey regardless of their starting point and educational needs. Tailored provision, with appropriate resources, for most able, disadvantaged, and pupils with SEND, is embedded throughout our curriculum design.

The curriculum at Norton Canes high School aims to ensure, in addition to facilitating academic success, that cross-curricular opportunities are embraced and readiness for life beyond school is developed. Knowledge is built upon from unit of work to unit of work and understanding is checked through routine, low-stake tests, formative and summative assessments, culminating in end of year examinations for all year groups, in the summer term.

Proud to offer depth, challenge and enrichment opportunities throughout a three-year Key Stage 3, pupils study a full breadth of subjects, in accordance with the National Curriculum Programmes of Study, recognising the importance of a well-rounded, broad educational journey. At Key Stage 4, all pupils are offered a full range of GCSE options, which are studied over a two-year timescale, supplemented by the opportunity to prepare for life beyond school by undertaking work experience and Financial Education classes. At KS5, students choose from subjects, based upon prior experience and future goals. These are enriched by having the opportunity to complete the Extended Project Qualification and a further opportunity to complete a work experience placement. Across all key stages, the curriculum is structured around the profile of each cohort, as well as shaping personal pathways for individual pupils, whilst mindful of being fully inclusive. We work to the Gatsby Benchmarks and ensure pupils have impartial careers guidance and excellent exposure to apprenticeship programmes and university links.

Developing pupil leadership is key through our enrichment programme including Student Council, Safeguarding, Anti Bullying and Autism Awareness Ambassadors and an ECO committee. PHSE, assemblies and diversity days help to further embed British Values, Personal Development, Healthy Minds and the celebration of diversity.

The principles of the curriculum from the pupils’ perspective is ensuring that pupils can answer two key questions:

What can you do well in this subject?


What do you know you need to do to improve in this subject?

The structure of the curriculum is designed around a two-week timetable of 50 one-hour lessons. In addition to this, pupils also undertake 20 minute ‘Skills Periods’ where pupils are overseen by their Form Tutor who follows the pupils’ journey from the start of Year 7 through to the end of Year 11. Skills periods facilitate the enrichment of literacy, numeracy and study skills, in addition to supporting pupils’ pastoral and well-being needs.

At Key Stage 3, pupils study over a two-week timetable:

  • 6 English, Maths and Science lessons;
  • 4 French, PE and Design & Technology lessons;
  • 2/3 of Art, Geography, History, ICT, Music, Religious Education lessons and PSHE;
  • 1 drama lesson.


At Key Stage 4, all pupils over the fortnight, study:

  • English Language (4hrs),
  • English Literature (4hrs),
  • Mathematics (8hrs)
  • Double-Award Science for GCSE (8hrs)
  • Creative iMedia at Level 2 (5 hrs)

Pupils then have a choice of: (All of these options are allocated 5 hours per fortnight)

  • at least one EBacc subject: History, RS, Geography, or French.
  • two further choices from:
    • Religious Studies
    • History
    • Geography
    • French
    • Sport Studies
    • Food and Nutrition
    • Design Technology
    • Art
    • Music
    • Business Studies
    • Health and Social Care

At Key Stage 5, pupils are offered a range of courses including: (All of these options are allocated 8 hours per fortnight)

  • Mathematics
  • English Literature
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Criminology
  • Psychology
  • History
  • Design Technology
  • Sociology
  • Art
  • Religious Studies