Curriculum INtent

In education, the ‘curriculum’ is broadly defined as the ‘totality of pupil experiences that occur in the educational process’. 

The intent of the curriculum matches many of Greenford High School’s core aims. In essence, we believe that the curriculum should enable all young people to become:

  • Successful learners who are READY to learn, make progress and achieve.

  • RESPECTFUL & responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.

  • Confident young people who are able to live SAFE, healthy and fulfilling lives.

  • Aspirant individuals who are ‘Learning to Succeed’ and, as a result, committed to learning at university, through apprenticeships and throughout their careers.

Our intent is that the Curriculum:

  • Provides a broad and balanced curriculum that is truly comprehensive and accessible to all pupils. 

  • Delivers opportunities for students to learn to be successful, to gain useful, transferable skills whilst also acquiring relevant knowledge.

  • Enables high standards of academic achievement where outcomes empower students to progress to Higher Education.

  • Affords opportunities for all pupils to develop a high level of literacy and numeracy required for success in the wider curriculum and in adult life. 

  • Expands students' perspectives through a range of spiritual, moral, social and cultural opportunities to promote their sense of moral and social responsibility.

  • Ensures that all pupils are able to thrive and develop as healthy individuals and good citizens. 

  • Ensures that all pupils are safe and understand how to stay safe. 

  • Fosters a strength of character, and resilience that will help pupils to cope with choices and overcome the challenges they are likely to encounter in life. 

  • Provides an appropriate range of opportunities and experiences to inspire pupils to succeed in the next stage in their education, training or employment. 

"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)."


Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4 is three years (Years 9, 10 & 11).

Our Key Stage 4 Curriculum has a strong focus on the core EBacc 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. 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.

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
  • Economics GCSE
  • Food & Nutrition NCFE Level 2
  • French GCSE
  • Geography GCSE
  • German GCSE
  • History GCSE
  • ICT Cambridge Certificate Level 2
  • Media Studies GCSE
  • Music NCFE Level 2
  • Photography GCSE
  • Psychology 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 provision in Maths, English and Science to support students to become successful in these key subjects.

“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.”


Find out more


If you’d like to find out more about our curriculum, please contact us. You can read more about how our curriculum complies with our duties relating to the Equality Act 2010 and the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014 by reading the relevant policies on our Policies and Procedures page.