The Curriculum at Thorpe Hall School

Our curriculum is designed to equip children with the understanding and knowledge for success in the 21st Century, and an emphasis is placed on the skills needed to become life-long learners.

It aims to help pupils:

  • develop lively, enquiring minds, and become able to question and debate rationally, and capable of applying themselves to tasks and activities;
  • acquire understanding, knowledge and skills relevant to adult life and employment in a rapidly-changing world;
  • develop personal moral values, respect for and tolerance of other races, religions and different ways of life;
  • appreciate the range and scope of human achievements and aspirations.

Our curriculum is:

  • Broad, so that it encompasses all spheres of human activity, for only then can each pupil have an equal opportunity to excel.
  • Balanced, so that no aspect gains undue dominance.
  • Relevant, in that it meets the pupils’ present and future needs, is rooted in their 
experience and is of obvious value.

In addition to this,

  • It is planned for measurable progression at all stages.
  • It meets the needs of pupils who are of pre-school age and provides for their development in all areas recognised by the Early Years Foundation Stage.
  • It is delivered using a full range of teaching methods including visual, auditory and kinaesthetic stimuli.
  • It provides access to success for all pupils, across the range of abilities and academic profiles including for those with special educational and statemented needs and those children for whom English is an additional language. It also recognises that success with rewards.
  • It is accessible to all, regardless of gender, creed or ability.
  • It provides opportunities for pupils to acquire skills in speaking and listening, and literacy.
  • It provides pupils with experience in linguistic, mathematical, scientific, technological, human and social, physical and aesthetic and creative education.
  • It takes account of the National Curriculum and expands on its principles.
  • A PSHE programme of study for all pupils in the school provides them with opportunities to learn how to prepare for adult life, how to conduct themselves in socially and morally acceptable ways and how to stay healthy. The PSHE programme also provides pupils with opportunities to understand the importance of the concept of non-material wellbeing (sometimes referred to as Spirituality).
  • It provides opportunities to learn about the institutions of British Politics and fundamental British values.
  • It provides Careers advice and training is provided during careers advice 
sessions organised and delivered by the local Connexions officer.