North Chadderton

The Oak Trust will provide excellence in teaching, learning and leadership development.
This will be based on safe, inclusive practice which inspires and challenges everyone.
The Oak Trust


Curriculum Vision

At North Chadderton School, we believe that all pupils, regardless of their economic, social or academic background, deserve access to a knowledge-rich curriculum that provides them with the best possible chance of success. Our curriculum offer is designed to enable all our pupils to leave us as work ready, lifelong learners who are happy, investigative and inquiring.  

Pupils at North Chadderton will feel a sense of belonging, within an inclusive and diverse community, where they will develop the confidence and skills to make positive contributions in a range of settings. Our vision is that every young person that attends North Chadderton School should enjoy a broad and balanced curriculum that enables them to leave us as well-qualified, resilient, confident and self-aware young adults, who are equipped to respond to the rapidly changing world around them. 

At North Chadderton School we are a community that learns, studies and explores in an ever-changing digital world. Students are provided with digital resources and technology to assist their learning and studies, and staff are technologically and digitally skilled to promote innovation and creativity, empowering students to have the computational skills necessary for higher education and work.

The North Chadderton curriculum will provide opportunities to develop skills, embed knowledge and achieve academic excellence so that pupils’ lives are transformed, and they can contribute positively to local, national and global communities.


Curriculum Intent

At North Chadderton School, we will provide a knowledge-rich and progressively sequenced curriculum. The curriculum aims to provide students with deep knowledge in a broad and balanced range of subjects. Carefully considered planning and sequencing of content will allow pupils to acquire and retain the core knowledge that they need. All subject content is taught through high-quality teaching, which supports pupils in embedding common skills of writing, reading, oracy and numeracy. The rich and engaging curriculum will provide students with the personal development and cultural capital they require to thrive, both in school and in life. 

The curriculum is structured as a five- or seven-year journey (for those pupils who stay with us for post-16 study). Pupils spend three years within Key Stage 3, studying a broad range of subjects that will offer them a secure foundation in knowledge and skills. In Year 9, pupils select subjects that they wish to specialise for their two-year GCSE programme of study. This approach offers both a strong foundation for all and allows personalised GCSE pathways (with guidance) at Key Stage 4.  

At Key Stage 5, students can select from different pathways that suit their needs and aspirations for their futures, including a host of A Level subjects, complimented by a high-quality vocational offer. These pathways are carefully designed to provide post-16 students with the currency they need to be successful and confident when competing in the world of further education and work.