Curriculum

At Greenford High School, we believe that the curriculum should enable all young people to become:

  • Successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve
  • Confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
  • Responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society

The Curriculum provision at Greenford High School is broad, balanced and fully inclusive. There is an emphasis on promoting strength and success in traditional academic subjects, but this is balanced with a desire to foster variety and personalisation in our provision. The Curriculum is constantly reviewed and developed to not only meet the needs and strengths of our students, but to provide rich opportunities for them to develop a range of skills and enjoy memorable experiences.

"The curriculum is outstanding... pathways cater extremely well for the needs of all students of different abilities and aspirations... Early entry for the more able students at GCSE is used effectively... They are well prepared for their future life after school with good provision for literacy and numeracy, and excellent access to information and communication technology (ICT)."

OFSTED

Throughout our curriculum we have strength in the core. A larger than normal share of curriculum time is allocated to English and Maths throughout Key Stage 3 and 4 to recognise the importance of success and progress in these key subjects. There is a real breadth of courses and range of levels across the curriculum, addressing the needs of all groups of students; a very strong traditional academic offer balanced with specific vocational and alternative courses.

Key Stage 3 is two years (Years 7 & 8) with Key Stage 4 three years (Years 9, 10 & 11). Key Stage 5 is two years (Years 12 & 13)

Key Stage 4

Our Key Stage 4 Curriculum has a strong focus on the core academic subjects of English, Mathematics and Science as well as Languages and Humanities.

An aligned timetable for Key Stage 4 courses allows for a wider curriculum offer for students, covering a whole range of subjects as well as opportunities to engage with courses from other providers. Curriculum time is organised to benefit students by reducing the number of simultaneous subjects and assessments, extending pupil/teacher contact time and providing opportunities for support, learning reinforcement and challenge.

“The curriculum is innovatively planned to make learning memorable. It caters for individual needs and abilities by enabling students to study and gain GCSE accreditation as early as Year 9.”

OFSTED

Key Stage 4 Courses

  • Art GCSE
  • Business Studies GCSE
  • Business BTec Level 2
  • CACHE Level 2 Child Care
  • Computer Science GCSE
  • Design & Technology GCSE
  • Drama GCSE
  • Food & Nutrition Level 2
  • French GCSE
  • Geography GCSE
  • German GCSE
  • History GCSE
  • ICT Certificate Level 2
  • Media Studies GCSE
  • Music GCSE
  • PE GCSE
  • Photography GCSE
  • Psychology GCSE
  • RE GCSE
  • Sociology GCSE
  • Spanish GCSE
  • Triple Science (studying separate Biology, Chemistry & Physics GCSEs)

Students continue with their chosen Language(s) (French, Spanish, German) from Key Stage 3 into Key Stage 4. Students studying a language at KS4 are encouraged to also choose either History GCSE or Geography GCSE as one of their other Key Stage 4 choices. We also provide opportunities for students to take qualifications in many diverse community Languages e.g. Panjabi, Hindi, Urdu, Arabic, Polish, Tamil, Russian, Turkish and more.

Specialist intervention programmes successfully run through Key Stage 4 with ‘booster’ provision in Maths, English and Science to support students to become successful in these key subjects.