Our Curriculum

Curriculum Statement

The curriculum at Honley High School, both in content and delivery, supports our school visions and values. We believe in equality of opportunity, inspiring aspirations and creating resilient learners ready to meet the challenges of the world beyond school. By teaching our students to work collaboratively and without fear of failure, we believe we create learners capable of effective self reflection and an ability to shape and adapt to change.

Our curriculum is both broad and balanced. Whilst it is embedded in a traditional approach reflecting the history of the school and the aspirations of carers and students, it prepares our learners for the world beyond Honley High School. We constantly consider the next steps for our students through what and how we teach: thus, our Key Stage 3 curriculum offers students the opportunity to study and prepare for a wide range of academic and practical subjects: our Key Stage 4 curriculum offers students the opportunity to build upon solid foundations and expand their expertise in subjects which shape their post 16 pathways: and our delivery of the curriculum in the classroom emphasises resilience, collaboration and aspiration by ensuring high standards of outcomes.

British Values are delivered and embedded across the curriculum. Subject areas identify where British values are taught, and complement opportunities for SMSC teaching. Citizenship is delivered alongside RE at both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4, which enables students to understand the social and moral implications of being a citizen in modern Britain.

At Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9) we deliver the full suite of core and foundation subjects to enable our students to prepare effectively for Key Stage 4. We offer English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, RE, Music, Drama, Art, Food and Textiles, Resistant Materials, ICT and PE. Additionally every student studies two foreign languages, French and Spanish.

At Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11) we again offer the full suite of core subjects: English (both language and literature), Maths, Science, RE/PHSCE and PE. Additionally Students can opt for a diet of four foundation options based around academic, practical and vocational subjects. To this end we offer the following GCSE's: Art & Design, Photography, Music, Dance, Drama, PE, Graphics, Resistant Materials, Home Economics, Textiles, French, Spanish, Geography, History, Religious and Philosophical Education (RPE), Triple Science and Computing. Construction and ECDL are offered at a vocational level, whilst still offering students the opportunity to achieve a full range of outcomes that are in line with GCSE qualifications.

Please follow the links below for further details of the curriculum provided for each year group.

Religious Education

RE is provided for all students in accordance with a syllabus agreed by Kirklees Council. Parents wishing to withdraw their children from RE, or collective worship, are asked to inform the Headteacher in writing. If students are withdrawn on grounds of conscience, provision will be made for them to undertake quiet study. When students are withdrawn on the grounds of religious belief, parents are asked to provide work for private study which is sympathetic to their faith. The school has no religious affiliation.

Sex Education

Sex Education is included within the Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) programme of the school. The school’s policy on Sex Education is available on the policies section of the website.

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance

A young person’s career is their pathway through learning and work. Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) is an essential part of the curriculum. The school works closely with Calderdale and Kirklees Careers Service, employers, parents and other support agencies, and recognises the significant role they play in providing an effective programme of CEIAG.

Our aim is to prepare students for adult and working life and to contribute to the development of the whole person to enable them to prepare for responsible citizenship. We aim to equip students with the knowledge and skills to enable them to make informed choices and decisions and to manage their transition as learners and workers.

Our programme of CEIAG in Year 7 to 11 covers: self-awareness; assessment and development; opportunity awareness; decision-making skills; transition skills; personal and social responsibility; knowledge of the world of work and equal opportunities.

Staff with responsibility for coordinating the curriculum include:


Miss C Davenport-Jones


Miss L Charnock


Mrs S Pinder

Modern Foreign Languages

Ms S Davis


Mrs G Darwin


Mrs S Valovin

Performing Arts

Mr M Haigh

ICT and Business Studies

Mr Y Patel

Further information about the National Curriculum can be found here https://www.gov.uk/national-curriculum/overview

If you have any questions regarding the schools curriculum please contact Mrs Elizabeth Tandy, Deputy Headteacher, who has responsibility for curriculum management and standards e.tandy@honleyhigh.co.uk.

Students attending the school may, according to their abilities, be able to take courses leading to the following qualifications:

Subject                                        Examination Board

Art and Design: Graphics                      AQA

Combined Science                                AQA

Biology                                                  AQA

Cert of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE)ASDAN

Chemistry                                             AQA

Child Development                               OCR

Computer Science                               OCR

Construction                                        WJEC

Dance                                                  AQA/BTEC

English Language                               AQA

English Literature                                AQA

Food and Nutrition                               WJEC

French                                                 AQA

Geography                                          OCR

History                                                AQA

ICT - CiDA                                          Edexcel

Mathematics                                       Edexcel

Media                                                  AQA

Music                                                  AQA/RSL

PE                                                      Edexcel

Performing Arts (BTEC)                     Edexcel

Photography                                       AQA

Physics                                               AQA

Religious Studies                                AQA

Resistant Materials                            Edexcel

Spanish                                              AQA

Statistics                                            AQA

We are currently updating some of our Curriculum Guides and these will be available shortly

Year 7 Curriculum Booklet 2017 - 2018 | 12/01/2018