We recognise the world economy today not only pays for what people know but also for what they can do with what they know. Our curriculum and lessons are designed to provide students with regular opportunities to develop a range of skills which are essential to success in the world of work. Skills such as leadership, digital literacy, communication, emotional intelligence, entrepreneurship, global citizenship, problem solving and team-working are taught across the curriculum. All our students follow enrichment programmes through core and discrete subjects; these include Food Hygiene, First Aid and Health and Safety at Work. We also run a full programme of work experience in year 10; we believe it is essential for students to experience the world of work from an early age. Many students also gain formal leadership qualifications during their time at Holmfirth High School including the Sports Leadership Award and Peer Mentoring Accreditation. We also have a very popular and extremely successful Duke of Edinburgh’s Award group.
At Holmfirth High School we believe very strongly in the importance of languages and of international links. As a school, we believe that it is very important for most students to learn a minimum of one language through to GCSE level in order to develop them as citizens ready for the challenges of the global economy.
Key Stage 3
In year 7 students are placed in a mixed ability teaching groups with approximately equal numbers of boys and girls in each; students are taught in these groups for most subjects. After an initial ‘bridging’ unit there is some setting, by prior attainment levels, in maths. In PE and technology, students are grouped with other teaching groups to assist with the smooth delivery of these practical subjects. Most students will study two foreign languages in year 7. Religious studies and personal, social and health education are delivered by subject specialists through RPSE lessons across key stage 3. Those who require additional support with their literacy and numeracy will only study one language and will also follow an intensive programme to enable them to make accelerated progress in these areas in order that they ‘catch up’ with their peers.
In year 8 students continue to study a broad and balanced curriculum. Whilst pupils are once again placed in mixed ability teaching groups for most subjects, they have different teaching groups for different groups of subjects e.g. they are in the same teaching group for Science, Geography, History and RPSE whilst they will have a different teaching group for English, Art, Drama, Computing and Music. This allows pupils to broaden their friendship groups and learn to work with a wider range of peers. In maths, students are once again grouped according to their prior attainment scores and progress made to date. Most students continue to study two foreign languages, those who require additional numeracy and literacy support will continue to study one language only. Technology and PE are delivered in a similar way to year 7.
In year 9, students opt to study just one foreign language in preparation for their GCSE courses. The make-up of teaching groups follows the same pattern as year 8. A new subject is introduced in year 9 called work related learning (WRL). It is during these lessons that students follow a programme of study to help prepare them for the world work, they also receive significant careers input to support them with making their key stage 4 options choices.
Key Stage 4
The curriculum model provided for year 10 and 11 students follows the national curriculum requirements for key stage 4. All students study qualifications in the core subjects of English, mathematics and science. The religious education curriculum and personal, social and health education (RPSE) is delivered by a team of specialist teachers though timetabled lessons in year 10 and 2 ACE days in year 11. Students wishing to gain a GCSE qualification in religious education can choose this course as one of their option subjects. All students will study aspects of computing throughout their key stage 4 courses. At least two different computing courses are available to students through the options process for those who wish to gain formal qualifications in this subject.
Most students study 4 option subjects at key stage 4; some students may require a more personalised curriculum and will follow fewer option subjects depending on their individual needs.
2018 Options Block:
School Curriculum Lead
Mr C Taylor
My children have achieved…and they’ve enjoyed – they are rounded people.