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Netherhall Learning Campus High School

Curriculum Implementation 

The Campus believes that a carefully planned and structured curriculum is the foundation upon which excellent learning and development is built. The curriculum is designed and implemented in such a way that it builds on prior knowledge and prepares pupils for the next stage in their education. This is complimented by the Campus's outstanding' teaching and learning philosophy. This ensures that lessons are engaging and suitably differentiated so that pupil spend the large majority of time in lesson working independently at their level of ability.  

Development of language and building knowledge are integral to curriculum planning. Subject Leaders, who are experts in their subjects, carefully construct a curriculum that promotes a deep understanding of a wide range of topics. Teachers plan learning that allows pupils to embed and recall knowledge. This builds firm foundations for progression to the next level and exam success.  


At KS3 the curriculum is designed around 'Learner Journeys'. This encourages pupils to focus on deeper learning to ensure real understanding of key concepts. Each topic has a planned learning journey with clear statements setting out what pupils need to know, understand and do to reach their aspirational target grade. Lesson planning allows pupils to develop a range of skills which they can apply across all subject areas to help them with the challenge of the curriculum. The National curriculum content is carefully tracked to ensure that pupils have covered all areas of non-statutory KS4 subjects by the end of Year 8.  

Year 9 

In Year 8, pupils choose 4 subjects to study in depth in Year 9. This is a deliberate action to engage pupils and enable pupils to really enjoy their subject and learn the depth of their subject over a three-year course. The curriculum model allows students to choose 4 subjects in addition to the Core of Maths, English, Science and PE. These gateway courses are not externally examined but lay the foundations for KS4. In year 9, pupils are able to move between subjects within option blocks thereby ensuring that they are satisfied with their option choices at the start of KS4. 


Options are structured in such a way to allow pupils a guided free choice (2020). This ensures equity of delivery, with all pupils having equal access to subjects. The options are designed to stretch and challenge pupils and to meet the demands of the local labour market. Pupils are offered a mixture of practical and academic subjects from all areas of the curriculum. Within the option subjects, the Campus offers a range of different accreditation routes including academic and vocational options. This gives every pupil a broad and balanced curriculum, but still offers a flexibility to maximise the outcomes achieved by each individual. This model also maintains the widest possible choice for progression routes Post 16 as every pupil will have a greater range of subjects on which to choose future opportunities for education and training.

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