The curriculum should inspire and challenge all learners and prepare them for the future. Highams Park School’s aim is to develop a coherent curriculum that builds upon students’ experiences in the primary phase to help them to become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens.
Our curriculum is carefully planned, ambitious yet accessible to students of all abilities. It is designed with Highams Park students in mind and it contains regular assessment with strategic feedback.
Highams Park Curriculum offers:
- A three-year KS3 course with academic rigour and breadth.
- A wide range of KS4 options from Triple Science to Functional Skills.
- A sixth form with examination results in the top 25% nationally
- A ‘wider education’ covering cultural education, religious education, relationships education, exercise for all and careers advice.
- A healthy balance of mixed ability teaching and classes set by ability.
Our curriculum aims to help our students to:
- Achieve high standards and make excellent progress.
- Enable those who have not yet achieved age-related expectations to catch up with their peers.
- Develop high quality personal, learning and thinking skills and become independent learners.
- Be able to use high quality functional skills, including key literacy, numeracy and ICT skills.
- Be challenged and stretched to achieve their potential.
- Enjoy, value and be committed to learning both the academic and non-academic curriculum.
We are immensely proud of our school site and its facilities. Our school was founded 80 years ago and holds a strong tradition of success and a passion to see young people fulfil their potential. The school has therefore grown and developed to become a centre of excellence in so many areas across a broad academic curriculum.
We have modern and well-equipped sports centre, with large sports hall, auxiliary study area, fully equipped gym and AstroTurf. Our creative arts subjects enjoy a well-equipped drama area (as well as use of the school hall for our annual school shows), music teaching rooms and practice rooms and a dance studio.
Our art department has three large art rooms in a single block and our design technology area contains nine teaching rooms covering traditional design technology, electronics (systems), food technology and textiles. The school has large study areas for sixth form students along with a traditional library that lends books to students of all year groups.
Our science department has been recently refurbished and contains 9 laboratories and a computer suite. These allow students to learn science in a practical environment to support the academic demands of the subject.
The school has a strong IT infrastructure, with eight dedicated computing rooms, along with two large sixth form study areas, each with approximately 50 computers.Following a recent refurbishment in our canteen, we are proud to offer quality food to our students that is prepared on site – the sixth form also has its own dedicated canteen area used by our older students.