The Heritage Curriculum
The School’s Curriculum Policy sets out the main features of the School’s curriculum and is supported by the School’s various plans and schemes of work. The Heritage School aims to provide excellence in education and to support all of its pupils in the passage from childhood towards adulthood. At the same time, it seeks to develop in every pupil self-discipline, responsibility, and moral values, leading to the highest possible standards of behaviour, consideration for others, pride in oneself and in one’s achievements. The academic curriculum provided by the School plays a key role in helping us to meet these aims, and we seek to offer a broad, flexible and progressive curriculum which encourages among pupils intellectual curiosity, sound learning and a spirit of enquiry in the pursuit of academic excellence.
The overall aims of the curriculum are to:
- give pupils experience in linguistic, mathematical, scientific, technological, human and social, physical and creative education;
- provide subject matter appropriate for the ages and aptitudes of pupils;
- enable pupils to acquire skills in speaking and listening, literacy and numeracy;
- provide a programme of personal, social and health education which reflects the school’s aims and ethos and which includes adequate preparation of pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life;
- provide appropriate guidance and information for pupils on subject choices, higher education and careers information and guidance;
- provide a programme of activities which offers a wide range and which is appropriate to pupils’ needs
Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE)
The School runs a PSHE programme which is designed to complement the academic curriculum and to help ensure that all pupils are able to achieve their goals. The programme runs Year 9 and continues to the Upper Sixth Class. Further details of the PSHE courses are set out in the detailed guides to the Curriculum and in the PSHE schemes of work.
Through the tutor system, presentations and information evenings, pupils are helped to make the best possible choices of IGCSE, AS and A level courses. They are similarly helped to make the best and most appropriate higher education choices and in the Sixth Form, they are assisted in this by visits from overseas universities and colleges as well as by presentations, workshops and information evenings. Careers Education is also included within the School PSHE programme and specific Careers Education units are provided.
The School has an active Careers Department which provides information and advice on possible future careers paths. It is based in the Piper Library, where a wide range of careers-related information and guidance is available.