What do we mean by ‘The Curriculum’?

It is the totality of the students’ learning experience including the structure, ideas, activities, content, teaching and learning methods, and also how it is assessed. It includes what is learnt both inside and outside the classroom. Our Personal Development curriculum is delivered through a combination of lessons, tutorials and assemblies. It aims to ensure our students have a thorough appreciation of British Values, understand how to keep themselves safe, help them to know their bodies and minds and equip them with the cultural capital they will need to become successful adults. In addition, we aim to provide outstanding careers education that guarantees our students are well prepared for further education, work or training once they leave Spen Valley High School.

Why do we want our curriculum to look like this?

Our curriculum should…

• Enable our students to stand shoulder to shoulder with any person from any other background

• Enable our students to be happy and successful adults in every aspect of their lives • Enable our students to gain ‘deep’ and powerful knowledge

• Ensure students have a good understanding of, and the confidence and skills to decode, unfamiliar text

• Engage students, inspire their curiosity and develop a genuine love of learning • Be inclusive by ensuring equity as well as equality

• Develop our students’ character to ensure they become socially responsible

Personal Qualities 

We have 5 personal qualities that are woven throughout our curriculum:

  • Independent
  • Committed
  • Reflective
  • Courageous
  • Effective Communicator

Since returning to full time education following the first national lockdown in Spring/Summer 2020 and the second national lockdown in Spring 2021, our key aim is to ensure that all pupils receive a high-quality education that promotes their development and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

All pupils continue to be taught a broad and balanced curriculum including a range of subjects which maintain their choices for further study and employment.