The Curriculum


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Statement of Intent


Heritage High School offers opportunities for all students to learn a very broad range of skills, acquire knowledge and develop understanding.  Our aim is to prepare our students to be successful citizens in a complex modern world.

All students are entitled to study a broad range of subjects.  Students are encouraged to take some responsibility for their own learning and are well supported in this by:-

  • a highly committed and skilled staff;
  • wide ranging excellent facilities;
  • an extensive range of resources;
  • a school approach that values its partnership with its community.

Courses are structured wherever possible with an emphasis on individual learning.

National Curriculum

On 11 September 2013 the Secretary of State for Education published the new national curriculum framework following a series of public consultations.

The new National Curriculum provides a framework for the development of interesting programs of study and includes attainment targets against which our students can be assessed. Each student’s progress is constantly assessed with 3 data entry points for KS3 and 6 data entry points for KS4 in every subject per year. This means we regularly review each student’s progress so that early intervention can be put in place to support each student to make expected or better than expected progress.

The National Curriculum ensures that all students can be offered a curriculum that suits their needs and allows progression into Post 16 courses. The school curriculum comprises all learning and other experiences that each school plans for its students. The National Curriculum forms one part of the wider school curriculum. Our national curriculum is just one element in the education of every child. There is time and space in the school day and in each week, term and year to range beyond the national curriculum specifications.

The National Curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge around which teachers can develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of students’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum. We pride ourselves on the number of school visits that take place that affords the students the opportunity for experiential learning.

Our proactive approach to the delivery of Careers Education ensures that we track student progression routes after the students have left Heritage and have a very low NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) figure.

We will always discuss your son/daughter’s achievement and performance with you and ensure that you receive regular updates throughout the school year through our reporting and assessment system. However you do not need to wait for a parents evening to discuss progress, we will be happy to discuss this with you at any time throughout the year should you have any concerns.

The majority of the new National Curriculum will come into force immediately, with the exception of mathematics and science for Key Stage 4 which will be phased in from September 2015.

Our curriculum promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of students at the school and of society, and prepares students at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

Our programmes of study, are organised on the basis of key stages.