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Curriculum Statement

Fundamental principles which underpin the curriculum

a)    The education of each child shall be given equal value and importance regardless of ability.

b)    All children shall have equal opportunities especially in respect of access to the curriculum so that it will be made possible for each individual child to develop his/her knowledge, skills, abilities and attitudes to his/her full potential.

c)    The curriculum will be organised, resourced and presented in such a way that no child is disadvantaged in terms of gender, ethnicity or ability.


Main aims of the curriculum

The curriculum should be a broad curriculum which introduces pupils to all the essential areas of experience.


KS3 Curriculum

From September 2015, Harper Green has delivered the National Curriculum at KS3 as outlined by the Department for Education.

In year 7 - 9 pupils are banded into 3 streams (H, G and S) dependent upon ability. Pupils are setted by ability within these bands for all subjects studied, with the exception of arts subjects, technology and PE.


Core Subjects





Foundations Subjects

Religious Education

Physical Education

Modern Foreign Languages



History, Geography





Social and Health Education 

Work-related and Enterprise Education


KS4 Curriculum

From September 2015, Harper Green has delivered the National Curriculum at KS4 in all subjects as outlined by the Department for Education. The new National Curriculum for English and Mathematics will be implemented from September 2015 and Science from September 2016.

In Year 10 and 11, pupils will be taught English, Maths and Science plus Computing, RE, PE and PSHE.

Additionally optional subjects are provided by an intensive guided choices programme. Pupils are guided to study a balanced suite of subjects by choosing courses in Modern Foreign Languages, Expressive Arts, Technology and Humanities.

Qualifications and exam boards followed for all these subjects can be found on the individual subjects page.

The KS4 curriculum is divided into three bands. H and G offer an academically based curriculum. Band S offers pupils access to academic qualifications with a focus on developing the core.

The principles underpinning our curriculum are as follows:

a)    The curriculum should be a balanced curriculum. Each area of experience should be allotted sufficient time in order for it to be taught effectively.

b)    The curriculum should be relevant so that subjects are taught in such a way as they relate to the pupils’ own experience.

c)    The curriculum should be differentiated so that what is taught is matched to the pupil’s individual age, ability and aptitude. Although the curriculum will be common to all pupils, it will be varied in pace and depth to match differences in ability.

d)    The curriculum should be characterised by teaching strategies and processes which are varied but which recognise the importance of practical, experiential learning.

e)    The curriculum should relate to the world of work, reflecting this in opportunities for Work Experience and the opportunity to develop economic awareness and enterprise skills.

f)    Pupils will also receive one period of Religious Education


If you require any further information please contact the Assistant Head Teacher in Charge of Curriculum, Mr James Gilhooly, by either calling the main school number (01204 572941) or emailing him at gilhoolyj@harpergreen.net