Huntington School Curriculum: Key Principles

Huntington school offers a broad and balanced curriculum tailored to meeting our core purpose: to create confident learners who thrive in a changing world. To do so, we need to fulfil the following key principles:


  1. To ensure our students experience a curriculum that gives them the best opportunities in later life and is underpinned by our belief in the limitless potential of our students;
  2. To provide a rigorous academic curriculum that is challenging, enriching and accessible to all, whilst offering an equally challenging vocational opportunities for students whom these are best suited;
  3. To differentiate our curriculum in appropriate pathways for specific cohorts of students e.g. our most vulnerable; our highest starters etc.;
  4. To provide continuity and progression between the key stages, using assessment intelligently and to inform learning, and not solely as a tool for summative judgment;
  5. To provide a coherent programme of personal, health, social and economic education (supported by M3 lessons and our GREAT framework) that ensures our students become confident citizens;
  6. To recognise the importance of both formal and informal taught curriculum within the school’s timetabled programme and that which takes place out of normal lesson time or the school day;
  7. To provide expert, up-to-date careers guidance that is presented impartially and gives our students access to the best information available to schools;
  8. To promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs (paying particular regard to the Equalities Act, 2010);
  9. To ensure that students are best prepared for national examinations and the increasing academic demands of terminal examinations;
  10. To maintain the highest standards of literacy and numeracy across the curriculum so that students have essential skills for life.


The Growth Mindset Learning Principles

The Growth Mindset Learning Principles of: Goals, Resilience, Effort, Attitude and Tools (GREAT) are embedded throughout the Huntington School Curriculum.


Key Stage 3

Huntington school students receive a rich and varied curriculum within Years 7, 8 and 9, in accordance with the National Curriculum and enriched by a wide range of additional opportunities for learning and personal development.  Whilst utilising the best teaching and learning strategies, we aim to develop the individual student to a high level of competence in all subject areas. The Key Stage 3 curriculum aims for students to enjoy learning and develop the attitudes, understanding, skills and confidence to thrive in a changing world.  Our Key Stage 3 curriculum is taught in subject areas and the overview of what is taught in each subject can be seen here.


Key Stage 4

Pathways are introduced at Key Stage 4 to ensure that students continue to follow a broad and balanced curriculum that is suited to their individual needs.  We aspire for every student to complete Year 11 with the best set of GCSE/Level 2 qualifications to take them on to their next stage of learning whether this is Post 16 study, employment or training.  We offer a wide range of GCSE course.


GCSE courses offered at Huntington School:

  • Art
  • Business Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Drama
  • Electronic Products
  • English
  • Food Preparation and Nutrition
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • Graphic Products
  • Health & Social Care – Single
  • Health & Social Care – Double
  • History
  • ICT
  • Mathematics
  • Media Studies
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Religion, Philosophy & Ethics
  • Resistant Materials
  • Science
  • Spanish
  • Textiles Technology


Other KS4 courses offered at Huntington School:

  • BTEC Construction
  • CoPE (Certificate of Personal Effectiveness
  • BTEC Home Cooking Skills

Enrichment and Learning beyond the classroom.

At Huntington we believe that learning takes place everywhere.  School life is therefore enriched by a range of extracurricular activities.  A broad spectrum of sporting, musical, scientific and other activities are offered at lunchtimes and after school which can be seen by the link. Students enjoy success in an impressive range of creative and sporting activities throughout their school life. Travel and residential trips are an integral part of broadening student experience.  We offer trips to:

  • German exchange to Vrenden – MFL trip
  • Valencia Spain football academy – PE trip
  • Paris art trip – Art
  • Battlefields trip – History trip
  • Chateau Beaumont, France – MFL trip
  • Naples, Italy – Geography trip.
  • Iceland – Geography trip
  • Washington DC, USA – Politics trip


Key Stage 5

We offer a wide range of A Level and Level 3 qualifications in our sixth form. In addition we offer a comprehensive package of extracurricular activities including sport, theatre, music, community activities, and support for younger students and charity work. We ask all our students to make a contribution to the school, local or international community and as a result they are looked on as leaders by younger students in school. Throughout their time in the Sixth Form, our students are given high quality, ongoing academic and personal support by a team of committed and dedicated staff.


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