Our Curriculum

Our Curriculum 2024-03-25T14:09:45+00:00
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Our Curriculum Model

At Haggerston School, our curriculum provides all students with the knowledge and skills to develop their character, inspire their creativity and achieve their aspirations.

The curriculum is designed in all subject areas based on key objectives for each academic year so that it: stretches and challenges all students; ensures students acquire a rich and broad knowledge; develops students’ own study skills; prepares students for a fulfilled life beyond school; responds to the needs and backgrounds of all students; is informed by relevant educational research.

Core Objectives

  • The curriculum enables all students to master the knowledge and skills they need to lead successful, fulfilled lives
  • The curriculum motivates all students to create beautiful work, to become independent-minded, creative thinkers and problem-solvers
  • The curriculum builds character so that all students become articulate, confident and determined individuals

We set out to achieve our core objectives through designing a curriculum with:

  • a strong core curriculum that maximises progress in English and Maths
  • a range of learning pathways which offer optimum flexibility, support and challenge to students with diverse needs and abilities
  • a strong emphasis on creativity and the Arts
  • a culture of hard work and aspiration
  • enrichment and intervention entitlement for all students

Curriculum Structures

  • Additional Literacy and Numeracy lessons are available to some students from Year 7 up to Year 11
  • We run a partial options process in Year 8, when students choose either Design Technology or Computer Science
  • We run a full options process in Year 9 (The Preparation Stage) with a routes model
    • Baccalaureate (9 GCSEs)
    • Baccalaureate with Science specialism (10 GCSEs)
    • Haggerston Route (7-8 GCSEs with either additional Literacy and/or Numeracy support)
  • RE is taught up until Year 9 and then offered as a GCSE option. From Year 10 onward, statutory RE is covered through our Social, Moral, Spiritual, Cultural Education programme
  • PSHCE and Careers Education are taught through drop days throughout the year, called Character days
  • Enrichment is built into the school timetable for Years 7 and 8
  • All Year 9 students are invited to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award which is delivered outside the timetable

Pathway Model

Our pathway system is based on Key stage 2 data to provide aspirational targets for students. Our pathway system is reviewed annually so that students who consistently outperform their pathway targets can be moved up.  Students are never moved down pathways. Students without KS2 data are assessed using CAT scores and baseline assessments.

KS2 Level/ Average110-120109-106100-105<99

Groupings – Key Stage 3

This year, in the absence of reliable Key Stage 2 data and in recognition of research from EEF on ability groupings, we are trialling some more mixed ability groupings within the core subjects at Key Stage 3.

Year 7Mixed AbilityMixed ability with 1 Accelerated group and 1 additional support groupMixed ability with 1 Accelerated group and 1 additional support group
Year 8Mixed AbilityMixed ability with 1 Accelerated group and 1 additional support groupSet according to ability
Year 9Mixed ability with 1 Accelerated groupMixed ability with 2 Accelerated group and 1 additional support group2 Mixed ability separate science groups and 2 mixed ability combined science

Groupings – Key Stage 4

Students are set on ability across the baccalaureate subjects and in mixed ability option groups for other subjects.

The School Day

  • The school operates a model of 29 x 55 minute lessons per week. Most lessons are taught as a double period lasting 1 hour and 50 minutes.
  • The school day runs from 8.45am to 3.30pm Monday to Thursday and from 8.45am-2.35pm on Fridays.
  • Tutor time ranges from one to three periods per week depending on the year group. 
  • One period per week is devoted to enrichment for key stage 3 students.
18.45am - 10.35am
Break10.35am - 10.55am
210.55am - 12.45pm
Lunch12.45pm - 1.40pm

*Friday: 2.35pm finish


  • The PSHCE curriculum is delivered during drop down “Character Days” which happen once every half term and also through assemblies and tutor group lessons.
  • PSHCE lessons are generally taught in tutor groups by either teachers internal to the school or other educational/health professionals who are trained to deliver accurate, relevant and age appropriate subject content to young people. PSHCE content may be sensitive and, as such, trained professionals who are very familiar with this content and are experienced in talking with young people, are very well placed to know how best to engage young people, managing appropriately personal or sensitive questions.
  • At Haggerston we deliver SMSC in a variety of ways, it runs through all curriculum areas and is taught through our PSHCE (Personal, social, health, citizenship and economic education) programme.

Knowledge Organisers

Please click on the relevant Year Group and Term below to view the current Knowledge Organiser.

Further Information

Further information on our curriculum for all key stages can be requested via our ‘contact us’ page.