Teaching and Learning: the heart of our school
At Hellesdon High School, our guiding principle is to offer a quality education to every pupil. We believe that a quality education is one rich in knowledge from a broad range of subjects. This prepares our pupils to be life-long learners and helps them to achieve success.
We are equally ambitious for learning in all subjects, and for all pupils. In lessons, we spend time making sure that our pupils 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 pupil'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 pupils the best possible chance of making excellent progress during their time with us.
In Years 7, 8 & 9 pupils 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)
In Years 10 & 11 pupils study a broad core of subjects including English, Maths, Science, PE, and PSHE and four additional subjects allocated through the options process. All pupils must study a humanity to GCSE and approximately 50% of each cohort are directed to study a language at GCSE (as part of the options process in Year 9).
In Year 12 pupils 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.