The Heathfield Curriculum

There are three inter-related parts to the Heathfield Curriculum:

  1. The particular school ethos, iterated through the behaviour and attitudes of both students and teachers; an ethos that led the last Ofsted to describe Heathfield as ‘a very moral place.’
  2. The ‘Second Timetable.’
  3. The taught curriculum from Years 7 to 13.

our ethos is based upon the conviction that both children and adults in the school community should treat each other with tolerance, courtesy and respect – and that our dealings with the outside world should be informed by these same three values. We expect the adults working here to be doing so because they like working with children and because they are committed to improving the students’ life chances. As such, they need to model the types of behaviour that we would also expect from our students. Equally, we expect the children to recognise that they also have a responsibility to behave well towards others and that their individual behaviour has a decisive impact on making our campus a safe and a welcoming environment. We have high aspirations and high expectations of everyone at Heathfield; we will not always succeed in our aspirations but they remain, nonetheless, our aims. The fact that we do succeed, at least to some extent, is instantiated by the many positive comments that we receive both from visitors to the school and from when our students go out on school trips.

The Second Timetable:

by this we mean all of the activities and opportunities that take place at Heathfield that could be described as either ‘extra-curricular’ or ‘super-curricular’ (that is, cut across or take the place of the timetabled curriculum – such as a trip to Regency Bath for students studying Jane Austen or a conference in Turin for students taking part in our Comenius project). We offer a wide range of both extra-curricular and super-curricular activities and they form a crucial part of the overall experience for students at Heathfield. These activities enrich the lives of our students immeasurably and they form a crucial part of the whole curriculum experience at Heathfield.

In Year 7 students are taught mainly in their tutor group - the exceptions being Maths, Science, PE, Food/Textiles and Product Design. For Years 8 and 9 students are set according to ability or other criteria in all of their subjects. In Year 9 students will start on their GCSE courses in RPE; they will also have the opportunity to start an after-school class in GCSE Spanish.

In Year 7 students have 5 lessons per fortnight of Maths, Science and English (they also have an extra lesson of Literacy that is delivered by their English teacher).

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

During Year 11 the great majority of students study a core programme of :

  • English and Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Double Science (core and additional)
  • Religious Studies
  • At least one Arts subject (Art, Dance, Music, Drama, Performing Arts, Photography).

Students also choose from a wide range of options. Currently these include :

  • Catering
  • Childcare
  • Computer Studies
  • English Plus
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • History
  • Maths Plus
  • Photography
  • Physical Education
  • Product Design
  • Resistant Materials
  • Spanish
  • Sports Studies
  • Textiles
  • Triple Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology)
  • Work-related learning

Most students will take 4 options subjects, although some will opt for three options and extra English and/or Maths.

Many students also opt to take an after-school course in ICT.

Key Stage 5 (The SPACE)

At The SPACE, students study the Level 3 BTEC in Performing Arts or Production Arts. This vocational qualification allows practical training that is hands-on and relevant to the workplace.

Students can specialize in either Dance, Acting or Technical Theatre.

They also complete an Extended Project, which sees them explore the answer to a self-assigned question in an area that most interests them. This exploration takes place through live production and a 3000-word dissertation. The course is equivalent to 3.5 ‘A’ Levels.

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