Learning in the Classroom
- English Language and Literature
- The Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
- History and Geography
- Religion, Ethics and Citizenship
- Two Foreign Languages (including the option of Latin)
- Design and Technology
- Personal, Social and Health Education
- Physical Education
- Enhance students’ intellectual thinking skills.
- Improve students’ ability to learn independently in preparation for GCSE and A Level examination or university and the workplace.
- Encourage students to develop the emotional resilience to take risks and push themselves when learning, in order to excel at their studies.
Students typically spend 25 hours a week in lessons so naturally we have a strong focus on providing the right curriculum for all students and the best possible teaching. We offer a comprehensive curriculum for students of all abilities and interests, but with a clear academic core because the intellectual powers of analysis and communication are so important to today’s future workforce.
At Key Stage 3 students currently study:
The Academic Core:
The Wider Academic and Creative Curriculum:
My son is really enjoying school. He is loving his new subjects such as Science which he has never really done before. – A Highcliffe Parent
At Key Stage 4 and in the Sixth Form students can branch out to pursue personal interests or encounter completely new subjects, including vocational subjects.
Computer Science \ Health and Social Care \ Child Development \ Latin \ Music Technology \ Photography \ Economics \ Japanese \ Further Mathematics \ Psychology \ Sociology \ Building Occupations NVQ \ Hair and Beauty NVQ, Engineering NVQ \ The Extended Project Qualification or Step Mathematics \ Diploma in Sport \ Fine Art \ Textiles \ Product Design \ Catering.
The School offers a wide range of academic subjects to suit the needs and abilities of the students. – Ofsted
We are careful to provide detailed, individual advice and guidance to students and parents when choosing their Key Stage 4 and Sixth Form options.
Sixth form students benefit from the excellent subject knowledge of their teachers and have very positive working relationships founded on mutual respect. – Ofsted
We also focus strongly on investing in the best possible teaching in each subject in the curriculum to ensure lessons are stimulating and absorbing for students. As such we are heavily committed to the on-going professional development of our staff.
All our teachers and TAs participate in a 3-year rolling school-wide programme of professional development led by a member of the Senior Leadership Team with a team of highly experienced teaching ‘Lead Practitioners’.
The current programme is developing teaching strategies which:
We work very closely with other schools, including Tywnham and Ringwood Teaching Schools, sharing expertise and professional training.
We have begun developing peer coaching networks among teachers to share best practice. In addition, we fund Master’s Degrees at Southampton University for small groups of teachers so they can reflect deeply on teaching methodology and share their expertise with their colleagues.
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This Spring half-term took on an international feel with our Japanese friends visiting our school for their annual exchange trip.
The second half of the Spring term has been incredibly exciting, eventful and enriching with our inaugural trip to Iceland for our Biology and Geography students.
This has been a hugely successful year for the boys’ football, with numerous students being fully committed and involved to their teams.
Our Sixth Form Geography and Biology students experience the natural wonders of Iceland!
Last week, Highcliffe School welcomed 14 students and two members of staff from our Japanese partner school, Johoku High School for Boys in Hiroshima.
On Saturday 25th March, Highcliffe School opened it’s doors to the Christchurch branch of Cancer Research UK for their annual fund raising Barn Dance.
Year 5 students from our feeder schools experience Japanese culture and study with our friends from Hiroshima.