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Curriculum Structure

Curriculum Aims

The curriculum should be broad, balanced and inclusive in nature and provide equal opportunities for all students regardless of gender, aptitude or cultural, ethnic or religious background.

It should be relevant and appropriately differentiated. No area of experience be it: Linguistic, Mathematical, Scientific, Technological, Cultural, Physical, Aesthetic and Creative, Human and Social, Moral and Spiritual should be omitted throughout the full range of curriculum provision at Colne Community School.

The curriculum should illustrate progression and continuity, and be linked through assessment and profiling in all key stages. It should prepare students for further study, the world of work and to become active citizens;

Where possible flexibility will be introduced to provide maximum scope for personalisation, taking into consideration students’ aptitude, abilities and preferences to ensure success can be achieved for every individual.

At all times the curriculum will be appropriately scheduled to provide the best possible time, specific balance of learning and utilisation of physical resources and provide a variety of activities which bring about effective learning, provide appropriate challenges for all students and lead to achievement for all students.

Curriculum Structure

  • The curriculum is planned in a coherent manner ensuring it meets legal requirements, including those of the National Curriculum, and embraces cross-curricular themes (Life Days).
  • We have audited our provision of the wider curriculum and where there is not full curriculum coverage, we ensure that these needs are met through Life days, enrichment opportunities and cross-curricula delivery.
  • The development of students’ personal and social skills, and their spiritual and cultural development are addressed specifically through the Tutor programme and school assemblies, as well as permeating the whole curriculum, both formal and hidden.
  • The importance of developing ICT, literacy and numeracy, is recognised by the allocation of additional lessons at KS3 for students with prior attainment in English and mathematics below national expectations.
  • The range of subjects on offer in the school at Key Stage 3 and 4, and the qualifications they currently lead to, is shown in the table below. Further information on each subject can be found in the faculties section of the website.


Years 7-8 Years 9-11 (core + options) Qualification
English English Language GCSE
Literacy English Literature GCSE
Mathematics Mathematics GCSE
Numeracy Biology GCSE
Science Chemistry GCSE
History Physics GCSE
Geography Combined Science (double award) GCSE
Religious Education Sport BTEC
Computer Science Dance BTEC
Design, Technology and Engineering French GCSE
3D Design / Textiles Spanish GCSE
Food Prep and Nutrition History GCSE
Music Geography GCSE
Art Religious Education GCSE
Drama Photography GCSE
Modern Foreign Languages Design and Technology GCSE
Citizenship Food Preparation and Nutrition GCSE
Physical Education Computer Science GCSE
Dance Art GCSE
Drama/Performing Arts GCSE
Media Studies BTEC/GCSE
Business Studies BTEC
Child Development BTEC
Citizenship GCSE
3D Design GCSE
Textiles GCSE
Engineering Vocational Award (GCSE equivalent)
Health & Social Care BTEC
Sports Science BTEC