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Curriculum

Stowmarket High Schools curriculum aims to develop students both academically and as well-rounded British citizens.  The school’s curriculum is ambitious for all students, it helps them to become successful learners, confident individuals, and responsible citizens.  

By the end of Key Stage 3 students will have experienced a wide range of subjects, including Maths, English, Science, Languages, Humanities, the Arts, Technology, RE, PSHE and PE.  At Key Stage 4, students have an opportunity to study slightly fewer subjects but to a greater depth, ready for their public examinations. We ensure, through meetings with Senior Leadership meetings that everyone maintains a balance of subjects while allowing students to shape their education, so that it reflects their individual interests and abilities. Our option process allows students to take responsibility for their own learning and their futures. 

The curriculum has been designed to ensure that our students will not only learn rich subject knowledge, but also develop their awareness of the world around them. For instance, the English curriculum has been designed to build skills and concepts over time. Texts have been chosen carefully so that pupils are exposed to a diverse range of texts, not only in their English lessons but during their tutor programme as well.  In Year 7 & 8 students are exposed to Ravensgate, Noughts and Crosses and Shakespeare so that they can make the connections as they study this in Key Stage 4.   

In all year groups, students have access to a carefully planned, high-quality personal development curriculum. This allows students to become active and respectful citizens. Issues such as relationship education and emotional well-being are introduced in an age-appropriate way. The school’s futures program ensures that our students are prepared for life in employment, further education, or apprenticeship.  

Subject leaders have planned and sequenced learning so that students can develop, and deepen, their knowledge over time, please refer to our learning journeys.  This helps our students remember and recall ideas. Subject leaders will adjust their curriculum plans when they need to.  

Teachers choose activities that promote learning and engage students’ interest and students are encouraged to engage in discussions through Think Pair Share. Students will complete Checkouts to demonstrate their knowledge and improve their work through DIRT.  

Remote education is blended into lessons when students are absent.  

All our students, regardless of their gender, ability, background or disadvantage, will be given the opportunity to follow a curriculum which is broad and balanced curriculum. Every student will be expected to experience success

Pathways

Pathways

SMSC

SMSC

Inspire

Inspire

Learning Journeys

Learning Journeys

Religious Education

Religious Education

KS3 & KS4

KS3 & KS4

Co-Curriculum

Co-Curriculum

Option Process

Option Process

PSHE

PSHE