Learning in the Classroom


    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:

    • English Language and Literature
    • Mathematics
    • The Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
    • History and Geography
    • Religion, Ethics and Citizenship
    • Two Foreign Languages (including the option of Latin)


    The Wider Academic and Creative Curriculum:

    • Design and Technology
    • ICT/Computing
    • Art
    • Music
    • Drama
    • Personal, Social and Health Education
    • Physical Education


    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.


    These include:


    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


    Highcliffe Teaching


    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:

    • 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.


    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.






    Owned by: NOR | Last Published: 04/10/2017 15:54:30 | Next Update: November 2017




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