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Our Curriculum


Our school motto is ‘Scientia Janua Vitae’ which roughly translates as ‘Knowledge is the Door to Life’. Our curriculum provides a solid foundation for academic excellence and equips students with the knowledge and skills to make a positive contribution to the world, be respectful of those around them and resilient enough to tackle challenges life may bring.

We use the National Curriculum to form the basis of our curriculum. The curriculum goals are broad, ambitious, challenging and enjoyable. Our curriculum delivery is underpinned by the Visible Learning approach following the research of Professor John Hattie.

Our Local Governing Committee has been delegated responsibility by Penk Valley Academy Trust to approve and monitor our curriculum policies and plans. Local Governors work with us to ensure the curriculum intent and implementation are of a high-standard. The impact of our curriculum is measured through internal and external assessments and is scrutinised by the Local Governing Board and Trustees.

As a school in a three-tier system (First, Middle and High Schools) we work closely with our feeder schools including those not part of Penk Valley Academy Trust to ensure our curriculum is well-sequenced.

We believe every young person is capable of achieving something amazing.  Our sky-high expectations are reflected in a rigorous academic curriculum and high-quality enrichment opportunities.

Further information about our curriculum can be found by following the links to KeyStage 3, Key stage 4 or by viewing our Sixth Form prospectus. 

We expect our students to be kind and compassionate with impeccable behaviour and to provide 100% effort so that every moment of learning is maximised - this is often referred to as 'The Wolgarston Way'.