Hellesdon High School

& Sixth Form Centre

Curriculum

Teaching and Learning: the heart of our school

At Hellesdon High School, our guiding principle is to offer a quality education to every student. We believe that a quality education is one rich in knowledge from a broad range of subjects. This prepares our students to be life-long learners and helps them to achieve success. 

We are equally ambitious for learning in all subjects, and for all students. In lessons, we spend time making sure that our students don't just know the important content of the curriculum, but can also remember it later and apply it to new situations or contexts. We assess each student's knowledge at key points in the year to help us to understand what they can remember, and what they need to learn next. This assessment takes a variety of forms - from a quick quiz in class or teacher observation, to a practical demonstration or a formal exam.

Hellesdon High School is committed to an evidence informed approach in our classroom practice, based around explicit teaching of new ideas followed by high quality practice. This approach will give our students the best possible chance of making excellent progress during their time with us.

In Years 7 & 8 students study a common curriculum comprised of timetabled lessons in Art, Computing, Drama, Design & Technology, English, Geography, History, Maths, Music, PE, PSHE, RE, Science and MFL (French/Spanish)

Two GCSE subjects are chosen at the end of Y8 for study over three years in Years 9-11. A further two GCSE subjects are then selected in Year 9 for study over two years in Years 10 & 11.  All students must study a humanity to GCSE (selected in Year 8) and approximately 50% of each cohort are directed to study a language at GCSE (as part of the Year 9 options process).

In Year 9 students study their two GCSE subjects plus a broad core of subjects including English, Maths, MFL, Science, Computing, PE, RE & PSHE, Technology and a Creative Art.

In Years 10 & 11 students study a broad core of subjects including English, Maths, Science, PE, and PSHE and four additional subjects allocated through the options process.

In Year 12 students will be able to select from a range of subjects. The option choices are designed to allow students the maximum possible opportunity to progress towards either Higher Education or a career in a suitable profession.