Curriculum

 

Curriculum

This page is designed as a guide for current and prospective parents, students, and staff.

For a detailed overview of the curriculum at CHS see our Curriculum policy here


If you require further information about the CHS curriculum or alternative formats, please contact the school directly here


1. CHS Curriculum intent

ENJOY, ENDEAVOUR, EXCEL

At Chichester High School, our aim is that all students should experience a 7 year journey that is ambitious and aspirational. The programme of study is designed to inspire our students with a knowledge rich experience in class, that provides both depth and breadth of learning across all academic subjects.  These provide pathways that lead the way to a range of further and higher education opportunities, apprenticeships, or the world of work. Our  pastoral programme supports well-being and safeguarding so all our students make informed choices preparing them for the modern world.

The curriculum across all subjects is carefully sequenced so that it provides a rich and diverse learning experience. Our students are taught about important local, national and global core knowledge but also key social, moral, spiritual and cultural values to develop and broaden their minds  and help them excel as individuals and fully rounded people. 

Our curriculum supports students to endeavour.  This drives the challenge and support that students of all abilities need regularly to make progress and improve outcomes. All assessments are based on a common assessment framework which is carefully planned to check core knowledge and procedural knowledge, and is guided by Specialist Leaders from across the TKAT Mat whose clear ambition is to ‘inspire learners and change lives’. 

Our curriculum is enriched by our extensive co-curricular opportunities in a wide range of areas which develop ‘soft skills’ that makes our students so attractive to employers and universities. The Combined Cadet Force, sports clubs, Duke of Edinburgh award and access to The Arts with visits to places of interest, and visitors coming into our school all provide aspirational experiences and support character building in our students. Ultimately our intent is to ensure independence and resilience in our students to help develop them into well rounded adults.

2. How this intent is implemented:

The curriculum is delivered in key stages and through subjects.

Each subject’s curriculum is unique and adds to the richness, depth and breadth of knowledge, skills and experiences students experience here.

To find out more about each curriculum area click on the subject page to the left.


Key stage 3

·        At Key Stage 3 students follow the National Curriculum: all students follow a broad and balanced curriculum that includes the core subjects of English, Maths, and Science, the Humanities, the Arts, and a Modern Foreign Language.

·        A significant commitment to physical wellbeing is designed to ensure students have a clear understanding and passion for physical education and active healthy lifestyles

·        In addition, the curriculum is carefully designed to ensure that we are able to prepare students for success at GCSE with clear pathways to support progress at appropriate levels of pace and depth

·        The planning of the curriculum in the foundation subjects has been informed by the fact that many students will not follow the subject beyond Year 8, ensuring that they have the knowledge and skills for life long access to these disciplines

·        Students are taught in a mixture of mixed ability and streamed classes informed by the best available evidence about the structure that best supports progress academically and socially

·        A three year Key Stage 3 allows for a full, rounded, balanced, and broad experience for all students

·        For students with significant additional needs, our bespoke ARC3 curriculum supports this group of students achieving our curriculum goals. This is through an adapted provision, specialist teaching, additional staffing, and tailored interventions

·        Literacy and numeracy interventions support students who need this support across the key stage

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Key Stage 4

·        At Key Stage 4 the options process is personalised to ensure that students are able to follow a curriculum that will prepare them for the next stages

·        All Key Stage 4 pathways can lead on to higher education

·        For most, in addition to the core - English, Maths, and Science - students have the opportunity to follow subjects that allow them to fulfil the English Baccalaureate suite of qualifications

·        Other qualifications are offered where they better suit particular types of learners and also better motivate and interest students. This allows these students to access further education or to enter employment when they leave school 

·        The curriculum is designed to ensure that concepts, skills and content are revisited and reviewed and embedded

·        Students are taught in a mixture of mixed ability and streamed classes informed by the best available evidence about the structure that best supports progress academically and socially

·        For students with significant additional needs our bespoke ARC4 curriculum supports this group of students achieving our curriculum goals. This is through an adapted provision, specialist teaching, additional staffing and tailored interventions.

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Key Stage 5

·        All Key Stage 5 pathways allow students to access further education and go to university

·        Students follow a course of three - and in some cases four - Level 3 awards: most students follow three A-Levels, some students choose vocational courses - Cambridge Technical Awards, Diplomas or BTECs - or a mixture of both.

·        A thriving Sports Academy provides a pathway to university and the world of work for learners who enjoy and excel in a more vocational pathway

·        Opportunities are designed to support the students personal development, employability and to enhance their academic study. In addition, to support those students who have not yet met the requirements of Level 3 courses we offer the opportunity to study the core GCSE courses alongside additional Level 2 courses.

·        We prepare students for their next steps through a comprehensive work experience program, support with university applications, support with a range of apprenticeship applications and moves into employment

·        Students complete community service within the school

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Vocational journey at chs