Our pupils will receive a fully inclusive, ambitious, enriching, broad and balanced, knowledge curriculum with a clear intent, effective implementation, and significant impact demonstrated by successful outcomes for all learners, particularly disadvantaged pupils.

Our curriculum is intended to foster limitless growth and encourage the pursuit of diverse aspirations. In line with our mission to empower children and young people to exceed expectations and reach outstanding outcomes, we promote collaborative learning, inclusive opportunities within an ambitious, broad and balanced curriculum framework. Through this, all pupils will:

  • feel safe, happy, and healthy and know how to keep themselves, and others, safe, happy, and healthy.
  • enjoy high-quality learning opportunities, in a school at the leading edge of innovation.
  • feel challenged and inspired to achieve excellence in every aspect of their lives.
  • become confident, enterprising, creative learners, fully equipped for life and work.
  • become fully rounded and responsible citizens, making a positive contribution to the school, local, national, and global community.

Higham Lane North Academy will continue to employ the innovative approaches that have been so successful at its partner secondary school in the Trust, Higham Lane School, to deliver a comprehensive and ambitious knowledge curriculum that includes the best that has been thought, said, and written about each subject, including the best of English language and literature throughout the ages. 

Through our curriculum, all pupils will gain experience in the following areas: 

  • Aesthetic
  • Scientific
  • Mathematical
  • Technological
  • Linguistic
  • Political
  • Physical
  • Enterprise
  • Ethical
  • Creative
  • Spiritual
  • Employment
  • Moral, social, and cultural

Our learning ethos is founded on the belief that there are no limits to the learning and development of each pupil. The curriculum will be based on the National Curriculum where pupils will make excellent progress in the broad range of subjects that they will study during Key Stage 3. The wider, Key Stage 4 curriculum will offer the flexibility for personalisation with pupils able to take GCSEs early or study separate sciences but also reduce the number of subjects studied to receive extra curriculum support or be entered for alternative qualifications where this is appropriate.

Our pupils will have a plethora of subjects to choose from, including digital media, IT and an automotive engineering course delivered in collaboration with a number of employers in Key Stage 4. These will be supported by a strong core of English, Maths, Science, French and Religious Studies, with many pupils choosing to select at least one humanity (History or Geography) from Key Stage 3, and one modern foreign language from Key Stage 4.

The arts, music, drama, sports and design & technology will be vigorously encouraged at HLNA as these further enrich the pupils' learning experience. 

Recognising that the curriculum extends beyond the experiences that pupils have in the classroom, HLNA plans to offer a wide range of inclusive extra-curricular activities for all pupils to participate in. These are planned to include, but are not limited to, sports, creative and artistic opportunities, First Aid and British Sign Language courses, and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The school will actively take part in competitive sport locally, regionally and nationally.

The ‘Higham Values and Habits’ of Discipline, Dedication, Perseverance, Resilience and Positivity will form a core element of our curriculum delivery and embody the key values of our school. These will be explicitly taught within the classroom as integrated features of a variety of subjects, as well as independent learning habits to strengthen outcomes at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 specifically. 

All our pupils will be provided with effective learning opportunities, with appropriate learning challenges that consider their diverse learning needs, enabling them to overcome learning barriers. 

Our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator (SENDCO) will work closely with teachers and support staff to ensure that all pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) learn the powerful knowledge that all learners are entitled to. Tailored support will be provided to pupils with SEND and those who are disadvantaged. The school will benefit immensely from the specialist SEND knowledge of staff from within the Trust, which we will utilise to ensure a fully inclusive curriculum for
our SEND learners.

We will publish further information on the curriculum shortly. 

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