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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 ultimate purpose is to ignite hope, drive ambition and advance the life chances for everyone who is part of the James Hornsby family.

We believe our curriculum is designed to inspire our young people and motivate them to learn; continuously improve upon their best, whatever their background.  We have a desire to deliver learning by providing challenge and having high expectations, which enable young people to aspire to be the best and go on to make a positive contribution to the lives of others.

From September 2020, the school will be implementing a new curriculum model that has been well researched and designed to suit the needs of all our learners at James Hornsby. (Please see below)

Our curriculum will be ambitious and designed to give all learners the knowledge, skills, character and cultural capital needed to succeed. High quality teaching will be delivered via a broad and balanced curriculum. To this end we will provide a full curriculum during Years 7-9.  Our students will be encouraged to personalise their Key Stage 3 curriculum from Year 9. Furthermore, we expect students to study humanities and languages for as long as possible. The curriculum is structured to allow students to acquire and revisit key learning activities in order to retain key knowledge. The curriculum is timetabled to ensure that leaders can improve standards, whilst providing value for money.

English Language & Literature, Mathematics, Science and Humanities enables our students to have the essential skills, knowledge and understanding to be successful.  Our curriculum will be made up of both academic and vocational learning. It will also look to develop not only their academic potential, but also their artistic, sporting and leadership talents. We believe passionately that students should have access to a broad curriculum, particularly at Key Stage 3. This will provide the foundation for all students to attain recognised qualifications so they can reach their future destinations, employment, training or further study.  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 destination and have choice in destinations.

An exciting extra-curriculum aims to extend their interests beyond the classroom, whether that is in sport, music, art or drama. We strive to ensure that our extra-curricular programme supports and enhances the learning within our structured curriculum. The school actively seeks development in students’ cultural capital and provide unique and memorable experiences. We do this by promoting involvement in educational trips, visits to local, regional and international places of interests. It is complimented by a programme that provides interaction with visiting speakers, covers a wide range of social and domestic issues such as safeguarding, mental health and wellbeing, and supports the development of students’ personal, social, community, cultural and human capital.  This will enable them to become active participants in society for the rest of their lives.

Our college system provides support both academically and pastorally through individual mentors, Achievement Officers, Mental Health and Wellbeing.  We strive for every child to become a well-rounded, caring and confident individual; able to play a part in their community and equipped with the skills and mind-set to contribute to wider society.  This is in addition to Anti-Bullying Ambassadors, as well as teaching and tutor colleagues.

Opportunities to celebrate success are integrated into the academic, vocational and entitlement curriculum.  We value the effort put in and the impact a young person can make to their own lives and those of others.  Students receive certificates, badges, nominations and special prizes such as the Jack Petchey to celebrate such successes.

We take our responsibility as educators very seriously; we regularly review the school curriculum at subject / departmental level.  We believe that we have a curriculum to support, challenge and provide opportunity for future success, combined with genuine breadth, choice and progression.  Leaders at all levels engage with students, parents / carers and governors, external consultants and other educational settings to ensure we provide a curriculum that meet the needs of our current students.


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.