At Hope High School, we have developed a curriculum designed to meet the needs of our pupils; our primary concern is to equip our pupils with the essential skills in Maths and English, with additional focus on Literacy and Numeracy (which will be called Skills Check), underpinned by concentrated sessions on improving reading skills to prepare for life after Hope High. Pupils will access Science lessons as well as part of their core curriculum, in addition to Personal Development, which will cover RE, PSHE, Citizenship, Careers and British Values.

Each pupil will be accessing the Accelerated Reader scheme in school and will develop their independent reading skills. Evidence from research at schools using the system suggests that if pupils engage with the programme, they will make above expected progress in a shorter period of time.

Reading lessons have been incorporated into each class’s timetable; within these lessons, each pupil will read independently for 25 minutes, then make notes for 10 minutes, before the class comes together to share in a class reader. We are committed to the belief that if our pupils become more competent readers, their writing and communication skills will develop in line with their reading. All pupils will access the Learning Resource classroom to support their reading development within the Accelerated reader programme. Pupils who struggle with their reading will be given extra sessions of additional support in the Learning Resource classroom, where they will work on Phonics with Mrs Griffiths. Additional support and strategies will be provided by our Specialist teacher, Mrs Gladders.

In addition to this, each half term we will have a school wide focus; we will have a board in school that promotes an issue that is to be discussed in groups and classes across the school. Each class will look at this issue from different perspectives (Social issues, History/ Geography, Ecology and World Beliefs) that enhance the pupils’ learning. The theme will be discussed formally and informally. We will hold a formal debate with each class being represented at the end of the topic and/ or a writing competition for pupils to construct an essay on what they have learned about the topic.


At Hope High, KS3 will be the classes in Year 7 and Year 8, as well as the Nurture class. All these classes will be based along the KS3 corridor, which will also be furnished with a social room; to be used at less formal times and for behavioural interventions.

During the first term, pupils in KS3 will sit their CAT4 tests in order for us to establish the ability and enable us to identify how we can develop their learning. Pupils will be selected using this information for additional support. All classes will focus their academic progress on specific core based subjects:

· English and Literacy

· Maths and Numeracy

· Science

· Personal Development

In the afternoons, pupils will engage in more practical subjects, such as Food tech, Computing, Art and PE.

Pupils in KS3 will also access Forest School, learning about the environment, experiencing lessons outside the classroom and strengthening their social skills. Pupils in Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 are timetabled to go to Forest School throughout the academic year.


At Hope High, KS4 will be the classes in Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11. Pupils in each of these chronological year groups will follow a learning pathway that suits their ability; we do not believe that making pupils do work they cannot engage or really struggle with is beneficial for them or the school. As such, the pupils in KS4 will follow one of two pathways (to be determined by ongoing assessment for each pupil); the Foundation Pathway and the Academic Pathway.

Foundation Pathway

Pupils in Group 4 and Group 5 will follow the Foundation Pathway, working towards qualifications in Functional Skills in Maths and English. Lesson delivery will be based around equipping the pupils for success in these subjects. Examinations will be staggered throughout the year, with examinations taking place in November, February and June, with each chronological age year group having a given slot (Year 11 – November, Year 9 – February and Year 10 – June). However, there will be 3 opportunities for Year 11 pupils to have repeated attempts in their final year in order to successfully achieve their greatest potential grade. Functional Skills will be offered at Entry Level 1, 2 and 3, progressing to Level 1 when they are ready.

Academic Pathway

Pupils in Group 6 will follow GCSE routes in Maths and English (if we feel they can access them), as well as preparing for Functional Skills in those subjects. All pupils following this route will be included in Functional Skills; at Level 1 and potentially Level 2 and also the GCSE exams in their final year of the course.

BTEC options for KS4

Pupils in KS4 will be able to choose from a range of vocational subjects to be taught in the afternoons. These subjects will result in a BTEC introductory Level 1 qualification. Our approach is to prepare our young adults for the next stage in their lives with the skills may will benefit most from; instead of not engaging and not achieving in GCSE subjects (which have changed drastically, becoming more difficult to achieve in recent years) we are pursuing the more practically based route of BTEC. This will lead into joining the work force with more practical skills or prepare our leavers for the next stage of BTEC qualification at Level 2 and beyond. Courses of offer include:

· Applied Science

· Information technology

· Digital Media

· Sport

· Construction

· Public Services

Pupils will commit to these courses and complete the required amount of hours to produce the work for qualification in each subject. Even in the event of pupils not committing to their chosen course, a ‘coverall’ contingency plan of pupils dipping in and out of different subjects can result in pupils achieving the Vocational Studies BTEC at introductory Level 1.

Duke of Edinburgh Award

Pupils in Year 10 and 11 will participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. The scheme comprises of four elements; sport, community, hobbies and expedition. The award is highly regarded by colleges and employers alike and it also provides our pupils with good team building exercises. Pupils will initially work towards their Bronze award; some pupils will then move onto the Silver Award.

Emotional Literacy

From September 2017, each class will have specific lessons on developing Emotional Literacy; an area we believe the pupils would benefit greatly from. We will be discussing strategies that help our pupils cope with the issues life will throw at them as well as it being a forum to develop communication and social skills on a regular basis.

KS3 Subjects

English and Literature

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Maths and Numeracy

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Personal Development

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Practical Subjects

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KS4 Subjects

English Functional Skills

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Maths Functional Skills

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BTEC Pathway

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GCSE Options

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