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The James Hornsby School

The Trust’s core aim is to ensure that we enhance the life chances of all the young people within the Trust to enable them to fulfil their potential and achieve the best possible outcomes.

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Curriculum Intent

Curriculum Intent

Our core purpose is to enhance the life chances of all our young people, enabling them to fulfil their potential and achieve the best possible outcomes.

We have a well-designed curriculum that helps students prepare for life, we have high aspirations for student achievement. We have a family ethos and believe in working collaboratively to support and challenge students to reach their potential.

We provide purposeful learning environments where students can thrive and gain the outcomes and qualities they need to become well-rounded young adults. They are prepared for future learning and employment by equipping them with the knowledge and skills they need for further study and future careers. To further enhance this we aim to provide our students with careers, guidance and support throughout their time at the school allowing them to go onto appropriate destinations.

We have a broad range of subjects where staff have strong subject knowledge and have high aspirations for learner achievements, encouraging them to aim high, with ambitious curriculums that challenge, inspire and motivate our young people. The curriculum is well structured to allow students to acquire and revisit key learning activities to retain key knowledge, develop creativity and build resilience.

Our curriculum is ambitious and gives learners the knowledge, skills and character needed to be respectful and successful young adults. Learners experience a broad curriculum at KS3 making preferred subject choices in year 9. Striving for excellence - we focus on providing the English Baccalaureate along with a range of vocational learning opportunities, ensuring all learners can be successful. 

Our extra-curriculum and enrichment programmes extend learner interests beyond the classroom, we ensure these programmes are exciting, enhancing learning and developing independence beyond the standard curriculum.

We regularly review the school curriculum to ensure it challenges, supports and provides opportunity for future success, combined with genuine breadth, choice and progression, because ‘Together we Excel’


At the James Hornsby School we have a two week timetable where students have 50 lessons a fortnight in a range of subjects.

Key Stage 3

At Year 7, 8 and 9 across the two-week timetable students receive the following lessons

  • 8 Maths
  • 8 English
  • 8 Science
  • 4 PE
  • 4 Geography
  • 4 History
  • 4 MFL
  • 2 Music
  • 2 Drama
  • 2 Art
  • 2 Technology
  • 1 Digital IT
  • 1 PSE

Students in Year 7 are also having one additional lesson of Literacy to support their transition into Key Stage 3 and to support lost learning over the past 18 months.

Key Stage 4

In Years 10 and 11 students will study the equivalent of 9 examination subjects in a range of GCSE and vocational courses. Students select 4 option choices. They also have compulsory non-examination lessons:

  • 8 Maths
  • 9 English Language and Literature
  • 9 Science (Double Award)
  • 4 Option 1
  • 4 Option 2
  • 4 Option 3
  • 4 Option 4
  • 3 Core PE
  • 1 PSE

Students in Year 11 also complete compulsory Period 6 Intervention sessions from 3pm to 4pm on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursdays.