Curriculum Overview

Our aim at Pleckgate High School is to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that will challenge every student and allow all, regardless of ability or starting point, to achieve their full potential and high aspirations.

Working with the governors and leadership team, Heads of Department, who in their own right are subject experts, lead on the content, specifications and delivery of the curriculum in each subject area.  At the heart of curriculum design is a shared commitment to constructing programmes of study that students find interesting, challenging and will lead to success – whether it be as students transition from Key Stage 2 or when they sit external examinations at the end of Key Stage 4.  At each key stage, we support students and parents with transition guidance to ensure that students are happy, engaged and make sustained progress.

Key Stage 3 at Pleckgate High School lasts for three years as we believe that students have the right to experience a wide range of subjects across an extended period of time.  As well as the core of English, maths and science all students study creative arts, the humanities, Religious Education, languages, technology, computing and PE.  We feel it is really important that young people get this good grounding across all disciplines to make informed choices as to what subjects they will study at GCSE and ensure exposure to a wide range of humanities, languages and the Arts.  Students who require additional support in mathematics or English may have a bespoke timetable that allows for intervention in order to accelerate their progress.

At Key Stage 4, students predominantly study GCSE’s across a range of subjects informed by the choices and aspirations of young people.  We are proud that at Pleckgate, a much larger cohort of students than those nationally, study single sciences and perform well.  Every student also studies RE to GCSE, following the furthered religions of Christianity and Islam alongside a range of other world views.  We have a diverse student body and the furthered study of RE provides many opportunities to understand how people from different faiths and diverse communities can have a common purpose, shared beliefs, tolerance and a mutual respect.  These values also underpin the wider ethos of the school community.

We believe that excellent teachers are the most valuable resource in our school and we are committed to ongoing professional learning support.  We are outward looking, networking with other professionals and institutions to ensure that staff remain experts in their field and are best placed to maximise learning for our students.

The pastoral and wider curriculum at Pleckgate High School is just as important as the academic curriculum with students carefully organised into tutor groups using information gathered during transition from primary schools.  The students remain in these tutor groups for five years with the same form tutor and a Head of Year who, together with the tutor team are responsible for the safety, well being, personal and academic success of each student.  Enhanced with a taught PSHE curriculum in year 7, Super Learning Days throughout the year, and numerous opportunities to take part in additional activities and visits, at Pleckgate we are committed to developing the whole person.