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Curriculum

"Expert subject leaders develop a curriculum that is well structured and organised."

Hospital Schools are not tied to the National Curriculum and the “General Guidelines” (QCA/DFEE) state, “It is for schools to determine, and justify, the amount of time allocated to different parts of their curriculum. When doing so, they should take account of” –    

  • Their own school aims
  • The needs of the pupils attending the school
  • The requirement to provide a broad and balanced curriculum – which includes the subjects of the National Curriculum and Religious Education
  • The National Frameworks for teaching literacy and mathematics
  • The needs of the local communit

All areas of the curriculum will have the potential for accreditation. We offer:

  • GCSE English, Maths, Science, Art, Religious Studies, Geography, History, General Studies
  • Literacy and Numeracy Functional Skills qualifications
  • Arts Awards; bronze, silver and gold
  • OCR Thinking and Reasoning
  • A range of AQA Unit Awards including Sport, Scriptwriting, TV Broadcasting, Personal Finance
  • Work Experience

The school has chosen to make additional curricular provision for additional cross-curricular elements and experiences, beyond the subjects of the National Curriculum.

  • In addition to weekly PSHE and Citizenship and Religious Studies sessions, pupils participate in a 'Collective Time' that challenges them to think about themselves and the world they live in.
  • Lunchtime activities that support physical health and emotional well-being
  • 2 coached Sports sessions per week
  • A range of alternative accreditation
  • A ‘Life and Leisure’ programme that incorporates close ongoing links with community organisations like Hampstead Theatre, WAC Arts and Kentish Town City Farm
  • Extended Creative Arts, Music and Drama Projects with external groups and artists-in-residence
  • A wide range of Extra-Curricular trips and visits including the opportunity to attend a 5 day Outward Bound Course
  • Support with Post-16 transition

In terms of curriculum, we also take account of –

  • SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural dimensions) these run through all curriculum areas and are about developing the whole child. These are supported through the school climate and ethos, PSHE (Personal Social and Health Education), Citizenship, RS and teaching British Values
  • A wide and effective range of teaching strategies, in conjunction with a range of therapies