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Curriculum Statement

The Glossopdale School Curriculum from Year 7 to Year 13 aims to:

Deliberately, precisely and robustly address social disadvantage while ensuring meaningful, connected and long-term learning for all students


Providing varied and ambitious subject curricula that accelerate students’

  • Written and verbal literacy
  • Problem-solving
  • Resilience
  • Cultural knowledge

Carefully sequencing the teaching of skills and knowledge within year groups and across key stages to:

  • Develop mastery
  • Address typical gaps in knowledge at the start of each unit/year/key stage
  • Address specific gaps in knowledge in response to assessment data
  • Build on learning in KS2
  • Effectively transition between key stages

Based on evidence and research, developing subject and whole school pedagogical approaches to:

  • Setting and responsive teaching
  • Teaching meta-cognition and study skills
  • Knowledge retention and retrieval
Widen all students’ access to, knowledge, understanding and experience of cultural capital


Embedding opportunities to learn about:

  • Theatre and performance
  • Museums
  • Art galleries
  • Local heritage
  • Environmental issues and activists
  • Literary heritage
  • Linguistic heritage
  • Biblical references
  • Musical history and genres
  • Different sports and their histories
  • Languages
  • Cultural immersion
  • Politics
  • Law
  • History of science/scientists
  • Technological developments

Providing engaging resources and opportunities such as:

  • Documentaries
  • High quality literature
  • Trips
  • Visitors and workshops
  • Super Learning Days
Develop the essential learning habits and values needed to support academic progress, cultivate personal integrity and foster motivation to learn


Explicitly teaching and fostering the school’s learning habits:

  • Punctual
  • Reliable
  • Equipped
  • Proud
  • Attentive
  • Respectful
  • Engaged

Explicitly teaching and fostering the school’s learning habits:

  • Tenacity
  • Hard work
  • Responsibility
  • Independence
  • Visionary
  • Excellence

Using the following mechanisms:

  • Tutor time activities
  • Rewards
  • Assemblies
  • Homework
  • Leadership roles and responsibilities
Improve and develop standards of written and oral Literacy


Embedding the following in every subject curriculum:

  • Use of Tier 2 and 3 vocabulary
  • Spelling
  • Technical accuracy in writing and speaking
  • Reading skills and strategies

Using varied and rich resources:

  • Units centred around subject-specific texts
  • Reading classics in tutor time
  • Displays
  • Reading lists in subjects

Accelerating the progress of Y7 students who arrive to use below the expected level:

  • A robust programme of intervention in English and Maths Y7
  • Intervention in Y8 and beyond for those who have not caught up
Provide a wide variety of engaging, transformational extra-curricular activities that allow students to contribute, collaborate and lead within and beyond the school community


Offering clubs, trips, competitions, celebrations and awareness weeks to develop knowledge, skills and motivation in:

  • Public speaking
  • Technology
  • Different sports
  • Nature / environment
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Dance
  • Art
  • Poetry
  • Cookery
  • Science
  • Problem-solving

Creating valued and varied opportunities to become ambassadors and student leaders in the areas of:

  • Sports
  • Mental health
  • Literacy
  • Academic subjects
  • School improvement
  • Community/fundraising
  • Mentoring
  • Year specific role eg. prefects
Provide an education beyond the academic that improves students’ personal knowledge to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships and to build their self-efficacy


Delivering high quality, evidence-based and age-appropriate teaching of subjects fundamental to students’ personal development, helping to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life:

  • Responsible citizens
  • British values
  • Equality of opportunity/difference
  • Character development
  • Online and offline risks
  • Social media
  • Physically and mentally healthy lifestyles
  • Healthy relationships

Promoting the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development of students, at school and in society:

  • Beliefs, faiths, moral development, community and different cultures
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Understanding and managing emotions
  • Families
  • The Law
Ensure all of our students are fully prepared for the next stage of their education or employment


Explicitly teaching and mapping the following skills in relevant subject curriculum maps:

  • Sixth form recruitment
  • Money management
  • Future career opportunities
  • Job and university applications
  • Aspirations to university and university life
  • Study skills

In addition to providing resources and opportunities such as:

  • Visitors + visits
  • Past students
  • Tutor time programme
  • Study skills programme
  • Displays
  • Super Learning Days
  • Assemblies 

Glossopdale School & Sixth Form

Glossopdale School, Newshaw Ln, Hadfield, Glossop SK13 2DA