Curriculum Overview

We have thoroughly reviewed our curriculum for 2016 – 17 to ensure that we provide our students with an educational experience that is broad, balanced and prepares them for the next stage of their education.

All students at Holloway follow the National Curriculum through a weekly, 20 period timetable.

Across all year groups, there is a strong focus on the core subjects of English, mathematics and science.  For these subjects, students are taught in sets.  The composition of these groups is kept under review and students may move groups periodically.

In Years 7 and 8 students also study either French or Spanish, history, geography and RE and computing as well as art, drama and the different disciplines within design technology which are taught on a carousel model.

For our new Year 7s, we are now part of the MISST (Music in Secondary Schools Trust) programme which means that every student in the year group will be taught to play either the violin or the viola and will have the opportunity to perform in ensemble and orchestral groups on a regular basis.

In Year 8, students have the opportunity to begin to make choices about the subjects that they wish to continue studying alongside the core subjects.  All students in Year 9 will study English, mathematics, science and a language.  They must also continue to study either history or geography (they can continue with both if they wish) and PE.

During Year 9, students have the opportunity to review the choices they have made previously and decide on the subjects they wish to pursue to GCSE level, based on their interests and aptitude.  On offer are not only the subjects they will have experienced during Key Stage 3, but also subjects such as business studies and statistics.

At Key Stage 4 (Years 10 – 11), students study a core range of subjects:  English language, English literature, mathematics, science (students can either take a double award or study the three separate sciences of biology, chemistry and physics) and either history or geography.  They can then pick three subjects to study leading to GCSE or equivalent accreditation.

For a small number of students, such a programme may not be appropriate and a more bespoke curriculum is put in place in these circumstances.

The content of the curriculum is subject to regular review to ensure that it continues to meet the needs and aspirations of our students.