Curriculum Overview

Curriculum Intent

At Oaks Park High School, our curriculum:

  • is inclusive, broad and balanced. It has sufficient breadth, depth and flexibility to allow success for all; 
  • ensures competency in literacy, numeracy and oracy;
  • is dynamic and creative. It ignites students’ curiosity and allows them to pursue areas of specific interest;
  • provides students with learning experiences and opportunities to develop and build their cultural capital;
  • is carefully sequenced to ensure students master key knowledge and skills that enable them to achieve successful outcomes and equip them for life-long learning;
  • develops our students’ character, aligning with our mantra values of being organised, active, kind and supportive, empowering them to become confident participants in modern society
  • focuses on students’ mental and physical wellbeing to support the holistic development of each individual.
  • provides the disciplinary knowledge in a broad range of subjects to enable students to pursue the future pathway of their choice; 
  • incorporates career learning through lessons and co-curricular activities. It raises student aspirations and provides a sense of personal effectiveness, career readiness and improved educational outcomes;


Curriculum Implementation

At Oaks Park High School, we believe that a carefully planned and structured curriculum is the foundation upon which excellent learning and development is built.  The curriculum is designed and implemented in such a way that it builds on prior knowledge and prepares students for the next stage in their education. This ensures that lessons are engaging and challenging.

Development of language and building knowledge are integral to curriculum planning.  Subject Leaders, who are experts in their subjects, carefully construct a curriculum that promotes a deep understanding of a wide range of topics. Teachers plan learning that allows students to embed and recall knowledge through techniques such as interleaving of topics and recapping knowledge. This builds firm foundations for progression to the next level and exam success. 

KS3 (Y7 and Y8) from September 2021

At KS3, the curriculum is designed to be broad and balanced to enable the students to build on the skills and knowledge they have gained at primary school. The curriculum allows students to develop the skills, resilience and depth of learning to successfully access their next step. The students are prepared to make positive and informed choices for their future at the end of the Key Stage. The National curriculum content is carefully tracked to ensure that students have covered all areas of non-statutory KS4 subjects by the end of Year 8.

Year 7 4 4 3 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 4 X X
Year 8 4 4 3 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 X 1 1


KS4 (Y9-11)

At the end of year 8, students choose 4 options to study in depth in Year 9, after a curriculum in Years 7 and 8 which has embedded the key foundations across National Curriculum subjects. All students must choose one of History or Geography as one of their choices. They may opt to study both if they wish to. These choices allow students to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of the subjects they choose. 

Options are structured to allow students a free choice. This ensures equity of delivery, with all students having equal access to subjects. The options are designed to stretch and challenge students. Students are offered a mixture of practical, vocational and academic subjects from all areas of the curriculum. This gives every student a wide choice and a broad and balanced curriculum. This model also maintains the widest possible choice for students’ next steps as students will have a greater range of subjects on which to choose future opportunities for education and training.

Subjects Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
English 4 hours 4 hours 4 hours
Mathematics 4 hours 4 hours 4 hours
Science 6 hours 6 hours 6 hours
PE (Games) 2 hours 2 hours 2 hours
Life 1 hour 1 hour 1 hour
Humanities (History or Geography) 2 hours 2 hours 2 hours
Option 1 2 hours 2 hours 2 hours
Option 2 2 hours 2 hours 2 hours
Option 3 2 hours 2 hours 2 hours


  • At KS4, all core subjects are set by ability
  • Option groups are largely mixed ability with some setting if there is more than one group in an option block.
  • All lessons are 1 hour in length and there are 25 lessons per week.



Students are able to pick subjects which meet their career aspirations. At Post 16, we allow students to choose a wide range of subjects both academic and vocational, in numerous combinations. The subjects are in option blocks which are reviewed annually. There are a number of subjects included in numerous blocks to enable students’ flexibility in selection. There is a focus on progression and building aspiration. The students are taught to be resilient, reflective and independent to enable them to be successful lifetime learners. 

  • Students are largely taught in mixed ability groupings
  • All lessons are 1 hour in length and there are 30 lessons per week (including twilight).  All subjects have 5 hours per week. 


Curriculum Review

  • Weekly line management meetings with all subject leaders and their attached member of leadership. These meetings regularly involve discussions about curriculum to ensure it is ambitious, coherently planned and sequenced.  Discussions also take place around how broad, balanced and inclusive the curriculum is for all the different groups of students.
  • In these meetings, schemes of work are discussed to ensure the interleaving, memorisation, challenge and cross-curricular knowledge and skills are taught
  • Curriculum implementation will be reviewed and quality assured through line management meetings, annual department reviews, exam reviews, book looks and learning walks.
  • Department reviews are discussed at local governing body meetings as part of an annual rolling programme.
  • The curriculum delivered in each subject is reviewed and developed throughout each school year. It is also formally reviewed annually by subject leaders to ensure the sequence of delivery allows students to build on their knowledge and that students are sufficiently stretched and challenged.
  • The curriculum hours and subjects offered will be analysed by the senior leadership team on an annual basis and discussed and agreed with governors.
  • Feedback from student and parent surveys as part of the annual review process.