KS3, KS4 & KS5 Curriculum
On joining HHS in Year 7 students are initially taught all subjects in their form groups. This allows a smooth transition for students, for whom joining high school can be a daunting prospect. In addition, students are taught one core subject by their form tutor, therefore ensuring a high level of pastoral care for students, who will see their form tutor every day for registration, along with their lessons in the tutor’s specific subject area.
At half term in October, Year 7 students will be placed into broad ability sets based on teacher assessments in English, maths and science. Students will be taught MFL and Humanities subjects in their English-based sets, and will be taught computing in their science sets. They will then also be allocated sets for maths. There are continuous opportunities for students to move sets throughout the year, allowing students to progress accordingly and allowing those students who may require extra attention to receive the appropriate support. The year group is split into three populations, each population being then split into sets.
As an example :
Students will remain in their mixed ability form groups for all performing and visual arts subjects and for PSHEE.
In Year 7, students will study the following subjects :
All students in years 7 and 8 will study both French and German from the start of Year 7, the amount of time allocated to each language alternating over the course of the year.
Students at Haslingden opt for their KS4 courses at the end of Year 8, allowing them three years to study their chosen subjects and therefore gain the best possible grades at the end of Year 11. Students follow a core curriculum of maths, English, dual award science, RS, PSHEE and PE/Games. They then choose three option subjects from the wide range of courses on offer. All our student must choose at least one subject from the following list, in order to fulfill the requirements of the Government’s new ‘Progress 8’ performance measure:
- Triple Science
- Computer Science
Haslingden’s overall aim of ‘Achievement for All’ can be seen perhaps most clearly in the range of subjects students can choose from. All option subjects have the same time allocation over the three years of study. Our current Year 9 students study one subject from each of the following blocks:
Health & Social Care
Food & Nutrition
Systems & Control
At KS4 students are split into two populations rather than three as at KS3. This allows much greater flexibility when placing students into appropriate sets. Depending on the size of the cohort, each population will be divided into either five or six sets for maths, English, RS and science. These subjects set independently from each other. Thus, as an example, a student could be set 1 for English, set 3 for maths and set 4 for science. Students receive a wealth of information and guidance when choosing their options, as we know this can be a very difficult process.
The majority of our sixth form students embark on studying 4 A levels and some will continue with those four subjects after the first year; others may choose to drop a subject after their AS exams at the end of year 1. A number of students study vocational qualifications such as the Cambridge Technical Diploma. Vocational qualifications are available in Business Studies, ICT, media studies, music, science and sport. Other students study a combination of the different types of qualification. Each subject is allocated 5 periods a week; with the exception of maths, biology, chemistry and physics, which are allocated 6 periods a week to ensure adequate time is available for the required practical work. Subjects currently on offer in our sixth form are:
Business Studies (vocational)
Business Studies A Level
Design Technology (Graphic Products)
Health & Social Care
In addition to this broad and balanced curriculum, all our students are allocated one period of study time, per subject, per week. Each subject teacher indicates extra activities that students should undertake independently to improve their learning. A quiet, supervised study room is provided for this purpose.
All students also participate in our enrichment programme, which involves students in a variety of activities such as work experience, charity work, the EPQ programme and arts and music clubs.