Hanley Castle offers a broad, balanced, relevant curriculum for all students in the school. This reflects the National Curriculum and national post-16 developments, whilst promoting the development of skills for learning and positive interpersonal relationships.

We acknowledge that individuals have different learning needs, and as students go into Year 9 we support them in following the most appropriate learning 'pathway' for their interests and aspriations. They follow their chosen Key Stage 4 courses over a 3-year programme.

click here to read the HCHS curriculum policy


Key Stage 3

Students in Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8) study a core of English, mathematics, science, modern foreign language(s) (MFL), technology, computing and physical education (P.E.). Students are grouped in the most advantageous way for learning in that subject. For mathematics, science, computing and MFL this involves setting by ability.

They also study geography, history, religious education (R.E.), art, music, citizenship and Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE). Most students learn these subjects in mixed ability groups.

Students therefore have approximately half of their curriculum taught in sets grouped by ability, and half taught in mixed ability groups. However the students are grouped the teachers differentiate work and support for the range of abilities and aptitudes in the group.

All students study one MFL in Year 7, and most start a second MFL in Year 8.


Key Stage 4

Students in Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 and 11) study a core curriculum comprising English language, English literature, mathematics, science, P.E., computing, R.E. and Personal & Social Development (PSD). They then follow a 'pathway' of option courses that best meets their learning needs and aspirations.

A small number of students attend vocational provision off-site during Years 10 and 11, following an entirely suitable course that builds their confidence, their sense of self-worth and provides excellent post-16 progression routes [but which does not currently feature in school performance tables].

please click here for learning pathways and information regarding Key Stage 4 courses


Personalised learning

Every year we design option blocks for KS4 and KS5 around the courses selected by students. In this way we make every effort to meet students' preferred combinations.

click here to see option blocks for each cohort in the 2016-17 academic year


Sixth Form 16-19 Study Programme

Our sixth form curriculum comprises a broad range of over twenty AS and A-levels. It also offers vocational learning packages which provide progression routes from our Level 2 BTEC subjects in Key Stage 4.

All students follow an individually tailored 16-19 Study Programme which details their entitlement and their responsibilities as learners. This supports their progress, their growth as independent learners and their outcomes at the end of Year 13 and beyond. It includes:

  • appropriate courses to match their aptitude and aspirations
  • high quality information, advice and guidance in relation to post-18 progression
  • supportive tutoring
  • an expectation of at least 25 hours of volunteering
  • a work experience placement

click here for further information regarding the Sixth Form and the courses available

click here to see options blocks for each cohort in the 2016-17 academic year

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