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Curriculum Aims

The intent of the curriculum in Upton-by-Chester High School is supported by the vision of the school.  We are implementing, and constantly refining a curriculum, which will support our learners to shape the future.  This means that they have the knowledge, skills and understanding to be active citizens in a global community.  We want to support all our learners to be able to lead a fulfilling and productive life.

The curriculum of the school reflects the demands of the National Curriculum. It is designed in order to provide all learners with a broad, balanced education relevant to their needs both now and in the future. The school operates a two weekly timetable cycle based upon 50 hours of lessons per fortnight.

The school operates the formal curriculum between the hours of 8.40am and 3.10pm each day Monday – Friday.  The school also has a very broad programme of additional activities as part of the Engage@Upton programme.  You can find more information about this on the current programme by following the links here.

Our Curriculum Aims / Intends to:

  • Provide a broad and balanced curriculum that is truly comprehensive and accessible to all learners.  This would include
      • Provide subject choices that support learners’ learning and progression, and enable them to work towards achieving their goals
      • Developing learners’ independent learning skills and resilience, to equip them for further/higher education and employment
      • Providing a broad curriculum prioritising a strong academic core of subjects, where appropriate, and ensuring a strong technical / vocational provision where required.
      • Fostering a high level of independence in the acquisition of knowledge, skills and understanding.
  • Ensure high quality access to learning for all learners, particularly those who are disadvantaged, with high expectations and ambition for every learner and appropriate levels of challenge and support.
  • Be suitably engaging to support learners in acquiring / maintaining positive attitudes to learning.
  • Afford well-planned opportunities for all learners to develop excellent skills in literacy, numeracy and digital competency required for success in the wider curriculum and in adult life. 
  • Foster learners’ creativity and curiosity and develops learners’ skills and abilities to become independent learners.
  • Expand learners' perspectives through a range of spiritual, moral, social and cultural opportunities to promote their sense of moral and social responsibility.
  • Ensure that all learners are able to thrive and develop as healthy individuals and responsible citizens.
  • Fosters a strength of character, confidence and resilience that will help learners make positive choices and overcome the challenges they are likely to encounter in life.
  • Promote community cohesion and the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
  • Develop our intrinsic values of kindness, tolerance, respect, inclusivity and responsibility and focussing on being the best version of ourselves.

These aims have been developed with parents / carers, governors, learners and staff.  If you have any comments regarding the above please contact Mrs Esther Bradbury (Deputy Headteacher) via the schools email address.