Hatch End High School’s ethos, We CARE drives our vision for curriculum provision and delivery.
We have an outstanding and diverse curriculum which aspires to respond to the local and national agenda both intelligently and creatively in order to ensure all our students receive a high quality learning experience at all times. All secondary schools' curriculums have recently undergone significant reforms which will affect your child at different stages of their school career.
We believe whole heartedly that in order to access a broad and balanced curriculum, all students need to be confident and proficient in the basic skills of Reading, Writing, Communication and Mathematics and these are given the highest priority at all times. We believe firmly that a student’s progress is what ultimately leads to their achievement and that an enabling curriculum model is one that operates with flexibility and rigour reflecting our core values of Co-operation, Ambition, Respect and Excellence.
The school operates a flexible 11-16 curriculum which allows students to “develop and enhance” their basic skills whilst “deepening their learning” across a broad and balanced range of academic and applied subjects and courses.
In Years 7 and 8 students follow the National Curriculum subjects as set out in detail in our Programme of Study Booklets available on the school website and by hard copy.
The Key Stage 3 curriculum aims to provide an excellent grounding in the core subjects (Maths, Science, English, Religious Education, Personal, Citizenship, Social and Health Education (PCSHE) and Physical Education) as well as the Arts; the Humanities, Modern Foreign Languages and Design and Technology. It is through this study that they develop a range of skills and competencies and a substantial body of knowledge. Students will develop excellent independent study habits through a regular diet of homework and a focus on teaching them how to learn, as well as what to learn.
In Years 9, 10 and 11 students continue following the National Curriculum Subjects in English, Maths, Science, PE, Religion and Ethics and Personal, Citizenship, Social, Health and Economics Education. We begin our options process towards the end of Year 8 where students are guided carefully onto a range of courses in which they show both interest and aptitude. Our comprehensive Key Stage 4 provision offer is set out in our Subject Choices Guidance Booklet available on the school website and by hard copy. Specific Key Stage 4 examination syllabus information is also set out on our website and provided in a user friendly assessment calendar for students at the beginning of their courses. All students will study either History or Geography and the majority of students continue with a Modern Foreign Language enabling them to gain accreditation in all five subject areas within the highly regarded English Baccalaureate. Most of the EBAC subjects are accredited at the end of Year 11 following a coherent five year programme of study. The current Year 8 will be accredited in Modern Foreign Languages at the end of Year 10 as we are trialling an "Immersion Based" approach to the teaching of languages with greater time allocation over a shorter time period. For some students we may feel it is to their advantage to sit examinations earlier in Maths and/or English, however this decision will only be made after careful and thorough consideration of their needs and never to the detriment of their overall most ambitious progress.
At Post 16 we offer as part of the successful Harrow Collegiate an extensive range of Key Stage 5 programmes comprising A Levels and Applied Courses. Students have the opportunity to create programmes of study both at Hatch End High School and at one or more of the other providers within the Collegiate which maximises access and choice.
Finally, we consider it critical that equal opportunities and fundamental British Values are promoted and realised at all levels of curriculum provision and that this is integral to outstanding practice. Whilst we provide extensive individual and small group withdrawal support where necessary (see below), our curriculum is one which celebrates inclusion at all times and we firmly believe that our diversity as a school ultimately enriches and enhances our curriculum for the benefit of all.
Beyond the formal curriculum
The school curriculum is not narrowly constrained within formal lessons but extends to a vast array of extra-curricular opportunities which we term “Enrichment”. All students have access to and are actively encouraged to take part in an extensive programme, which seeks to extend their learning and widen their life experiences. We seek to use active partnerships to support learning wherever possible and encourage students to interact with speakers and visiting groups/industries/organisations to extend their communication skills and learning capacity. The school uses its Pupil Premium and other avenues of funding to ensure that all groups within the school are able to access these activities.
Work Related learning is any planned activity that uses the context of work to develop knowledge, skills and understanding useful in work. Through work related learning activities, the school seeks to develop the employability skills of young people, provide them with the opportunity to ‘learn by doing’, raise standards of achievement and encourage positive attitudes to lifelong learning. Opportunities will be provided both within our various curriculum areas and as planned activities within our enrichment programme. All students have the opportunity to take part in a formal work experience at the end of Year 10.
The school believes the physical environment should reflect the diversity of our student body and curriculum. We use displays to enhance our formal study and celebrate excellent student work. Displays will be updated on a regular basis.