Valentines High School


VHS Curriculum and Assessment

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.  Please click on the individual links to find out more.

Learning Journeys  
Art and Design Art and Design - Year 7-13
Business and Economics Business & Economics – Year 10 Cambridge National Enterprise and Marketing
Business & Economics – Year 10 GCSE
Business & Economics – Year 11 Cambridge National Enterprise and Marketing
Business & Economics – Year 11 GCSE
Business & Economics – Year 12 BTEC
Business Studies – Year 12
Economics – Year 12
Business & Economics – Year 13 BTEC
Business Studies – Year 13
Economics – Year 13
Drama Drama – Year 7-8
Drama – Year 9-10
English English – Year 7-8
English – Year 9-11
English – Year 12-13
Geography Geography – Year 7-8
Geography – Year 9-11
Geography – Year 12-13
Law Law – Year 12-13
Maths Maths – Year 7- 8
Maths – Year 9 -11 Sets 1-4
Maths – Year 9 -11 Sets 5-8
Maths – Year 10 Sets 1-2
Maths – Year 10 Sets 3-8
Maths – Year 12-13
Media Studies Media Studies – Year 10-13
Music Music – Year 7-11
PSHE PSHE – Year 7-8
PSHE – Year 9-11
PSHE – Year 12-13
Psychology Psychology Year 12-13
Science Science – Year 7-8
Combined Science – Year 9-10
Individual Science – Year 9-10
Combined Science – Year 11
Sociology Sociology – Year 12-13
Design and Technology Design and Technology - Year 7-13
Student Character Student Character – Year 7


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
  • Extracurricular Clubs
  • Interventions
  • Structured Lessons
  • Trips
  • Tutor Time