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Esher Church of England High School

Esher Church of England High School

Esher Learning Trust

Curriculum Summary

At Esher High School we believe that the curriculum should enable all students  to achieve the best of their potential.

The curriculum provision at our school is broad, balanced and fully inclusive. We place an emphasis on promoting strength and success in all subjects that students encounter. Our curriculum is designed to foster variety and personalisation to allow progress for all students and is constantly 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.

We take pride in offering a real breadth of courses as well as a range of different levels across the curriculum, addressing the needs of all groups of students; a very strong academic offer balanced with specific vocational and alternative courses.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)

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, Computer Science, Drama, RE and PSHE/Citizenship.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11)

Our more personalised Key stage 4 curriculum meets the needs of learners through a wide range of academic and vocational courses. A significant number of students are offered the opportunity to follow GCSE subjects that make up the English Baccalaureate.

Students undertake the GCSE options process in the Spring term of Year 9, where they are guided onto appropriate courses. Ability setting continues in mathematics and science. Some students have additional hours of Mathematics and English in order for them to maximise their potential in these crucial subjects.

Beyond the Classroom

We believe that all students should have a variety of creative experiences outside of 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
  • Enrichment 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
  • Science Week during which a programme of trips and events are arranged in school involving the STEM subjects and KS3 lessons have a STEM focus
  • 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 as well as external speakers from alumnae and our partnership with business mentors