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Curriculum Intent

What is our Curriculum Intent?

At Valentines High School we have a knowledge-engaged approach, in which the development of knowledge and skill complement each other throughout the curriculum. 

The aims of the curriculum* are to teach Students the skills and knowledge that will get them to their next stage in life, which for most of our students is University. Although we know that many of our students choose University as their next step, our aim is to give them the skills which prepare them for life and the world of work.

The curriculum model takes into account our traditional school values, the KS2 data of our Students and our desire to give them the best chances in life, both as a result of outstanding GCSE and A Level results and due to their character and life skills.

As a result of this, we believe that Students should have a three-year, Key Stage 3 where they are focused on inspiring their passion for the subject and developing key skills, not just required for their subject but also the Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural (SMSC) Education that develops their character.

Each Department Leader has plotted the skills and knowledge that the students develop during their time at Valentines High School, referred to as a Learning Journey, alongside the teaching of personal development (including British values and SMSC) with the overall aim of meeting our curriculum intent."

 Learning Journeys  

In considering our Curriculum, we take into account:

  • The requirements of Universities
  • The job market in Redbridge, London and beyond
  • Student safety, welfare and PSHCE (including an adaptive/reflective curriculum, as a result of School and contextual concerns)
  • British Values and Equality
  • The development of character and skills that are important for life

*The Curriculum includes all aspects of Staff Directed Time with Students, including:

  • Assemblies
  • Extra-curricular Clubs
  • Interventions
  • Structured Lessons
  • Trips
  • Tutor Time