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Esher Church of England High School

Esher Church of England High School

Esher Learning Trust


At Esher High School we believe that the curriculum should enable all young people to be:
    • Educated for wisdom, knowledge and skills
    • Educated for hope and aspiration
    • Educated for community and living well together
    • Educated for dignity and respect 

We intend the curriculum at Esher High School to be a journey for each student that will capitalise on the knowledge, understanding and skills that they have developed at KS2, whilst building on and promoting our ethic of excellence across all subjects they encounter.  We place an emphasis on promoting strength and success in all subjects that students study to ensure they are well equipped for future education and the world beyond.  

Our curriculum is designed to foster variety and personalisation to allow progress for all students. The curriculum is annually reviewed and developed to not only meet the needs and strengths of our students, but to provide rich opportunities for them to develop a range of skills and enjoy memorable experiences.

There is a real breadth of courses and range of levels across the curriculum, addressing the needs of all groups of students; a very strong traditional academic offer balanced with specific vocational and alternative courses.

KS3 - Years 7, 8 and 9

Students are encouraged to focus on knowledge and understanding whilst developing the skills they will need to be successful and independent learners.

At KS3, the school offers a broad and balanced curriculum, with students studying Maths, English, Science, French, Spanish, Geography, History, PE, Music, Design & Technology, Art, Computing, Dance (in Years 8 & 9), Drama, Food, RE and PSHCE.

KS4 - Years 10 and 11

Our broad and personalised KS4 curriculum meets the needs of learners exceptionally well through a wide range of academic and vocational courses.  The curriculum is created with the ambition of the majority of students being invited to study the English Baccalaureate. This is then complimented by a wide offer of other GCSEs and vocational courses, so students have a broad curriculum throughout their time with us. All students study RE, PSHCE and core PE lessons.

Students undertake the GCSE options process in the Spring term of Year 9, where they are guided onto appropriate courses.  

Please see below for a list of all subject taught at KS4.

Beyond the classroom

We believe that all students should have a variety of creative experiences outside the normal curriculum, whether that creativity is through Arts or the Sciences. In order to meet this aim we have:

  • Trips to the theatre/arts events
  • Visits from theatre/arts groups to provide events at the school
  • Be More Days when lessons are suspended and students work on a range of projects involving careers, citizenship, wellbeing, the Arts and Sciences and other curriculum areas
  • There are a variety of external speakers and visits arranged through PSHCE & Citizenship, addressing topical issues
  • Our careers education, information, advice and guidance programme is supported by visits to careers fairs and external speakers from alumnae