Our curriculum is designed to provide young people with the core knowledge and cultural capital needed both for further academic study, while enabling them to develop as citizens and engage effectively in the world beyond school.
Our curriculum is designed to be balanced and rigorous, in order to maximise students’ knowledge, as well as their cognitive and personal development. We continually work to provide coherence within and across subjects, while also mapping the curriculum vertically from Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 4.
Everything students learn in school, alongside the taught curriculum, is seen as part of the whole curriculum. This includes the approach to spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, as well as the extra-curricular provision, which provides a significant ‘hidden curriculum’.
Our pupils will learn to use the language of art. They will draw and paint in familiar and unfamiliar situations exploring new processes as well as the traditional materials and techniques. They will also enter fine art competitions.
We offer the AQA GCSE Biology syllabus and new specifications which provides range of lessons from Human biology, Plant biology and Environmental studies.
The topics taught for paper 1 include: Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes; and Energy changes, the rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis, Chemistry of the atmosphere; and Using resources.
Computer science is more than just gaming and working with computers. It is developing skills to solve problems; it is allowing you to exploit your creativity; it is helping you strengthen your analytical thinking skills; it is preparing for the future.
In EAL, it’s all about enabling learners to become proficient communicators in English, both in the everyday and academic spheres. Interactive activities are used to hone speaking, writing, reading and listening skills, empowering learners to deal with real situations and meaningful tasks. Our learners are inspired to become life-long lovers of the English language and language learning in general.
Year 7-9 English
The main goal of this curriculum is to guide students in the acquisition of solid technical accuracy in English language, emphasising the good use of grammar, coherence, and creativity.
GCSE English Literature
We strive to develop an understanding of patterns and responses in the physical and human environments, climate change and the sustainability of our planet, appreciate the fragility of our planet, and recognise their individual and collective roles as stewards.
Year 7-9 History
Pupils are trained in the skills needed in the study of history, learning to analyse effects from causes as they investigate periods, characters and events from the past.
The subject is packed with fascinating themes, ideas and concepts, from William the Conqueror’s audacious assault on England, culminating in the epic Battle Hastings; the philandering and murderous instincts of Henry VIII; the Gunpowder Plot, directly leading to the Popish Recusants Act in 1605; to the Night of Long Knives under Nazi dictatorship.
At Stanborough, we have four operational greenhouses and we also do open field cultivation of crops such as tomatoes, beans, spinach, beetroot and radishes. The school garden has helped students to develop a greater respect for food by showing them what it takes to grow and harvest even one vegetable. It encourages parent and community involvement as many parents and people around the community buy the fresh organic produce from the school garden.
We seek to support English learning for our Full Immersion Experience (FIE) students. In this class, we explore British History, Culture and Values. This promotes an understanding of the British people, our cultural diversity and how we relate with the rest of the world.
We pride ourselves in providing our students with a curriculum that is designed to ensure progress and development of mathematical skills they’ll need in life and in their further education. We have collaboratively developed a skill-based scheme of work that promotes problem solving, resilience and ensure full curriculum coverage.
Our educational philosophy aims for greater understanding and awareness of the functioning of our Human Body and the physiological basis of it, learning how to use it in an effective way, laying the foundations for improving our quality of life in the most holistic sense of the word, referring to the well-known axiom of "Mens sana in corpore sana".
The Physics topics we teach are: Forces, Energy, Waves, Electricity, Magnetism and Electromagnetism, Particle Model of Matter, Radioactivity, and Space Physics.
KS4 Religious Studies covers the OCR national curriculum. Our two study focuses are Christianity and Islam. We look in detail at their ethics, moral and philosophical points of view.
Spanish is the second most widely spoken language in the world, therefore in Stanborough Secondary School, we believe that learning Spanish will not only be useful to enhance communication with speakers of other languages, but it will also grant our students a valuable skill and it will help them in their future career enhancing their employability.