Our Curriculum

Our curriculum is designed to prepare bright young people with knowledge, understanding and skills to succeed in the 21st Century, and be ready to take a leading role in their communities. We aim to support transition at key points in a student's academic journey. We also intend to provide our young people with the challenge, skills and attributes to have the personal and intellectual ability to thrive independently. 

Stroud High School students have a curriculum that sets them up for the next stage of their lives. In almost all cases this is Higher Education. The curriculum and student experience prepare students to excel at GCSE and then undertake a personalised pathway at A Level. They secure places at the very best universities, aspirational apprenticeship programmes and pursue wide-ranging careers – all united by the belief that they can make a positive impact in the world around them.

Our curriculum develops five key domains of knowledge, understanding and skills. These evolve and advance throughout the Key Stages:

  • Literacy, Language, Communication & Culture 
  • Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths
  • Character, Health, Wellbeing & Social Responsibility (Key Stages 3&4), Personal Development & Preparing for Next Steps (Key Stage 5)
  • The World, the Past, Ideas & Spirituality (Key Stages 3&4), Humanities & Social Sciences (Key Stage 5)
  • Design, Creativity & the Performing Arts

For further information regarding our curriculum, please contact Jane Thornton, Assistant Head.

 

The foundations for success of our students are built in Key Stage 3. They experience a broad curriculum of discovery.

In Key Stage 3, students develop the skills to be an effective learner. They are inspired to be curious, ask questions and become intellectually confident. The curriculum encourages them to deepen their understanding of themselves and aspire to their personal best. The student experience in Key Stage 3 underpins the transition into their own bespoke curriculum in Key Stage 4.

Literacy, Language, Communication & Culture Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths Character, Health, Wellbeing & Social Responsibility The world, the Past, Ideas & Spirituality Design, Creativity, Performance & the Arts
English Language
English Literature
French
German 
Spanish
Maths
Science
Computing
Personal Development
Star Awards
Citizenship (incl British Values)
Physical Education
Future Choices
Geography
History
Religious Studies
Design Technology
Art
Music
Drama

Students personalise the Key Stage 4 curriculum around their own preferences, and are encouraged to enhance their understanding of themselves as high performance learners. Independent advice and guidance is available to support students when making curriculum choices

In this Key Stage students study a core of English Language, English Literature, Maths and Science (combined or separate) and then an additional four choices (or three if a student is studying Biology, Physics and Chemistry as individual GCSEs). 

Along with their nine GCSE subjects, students follow a programme of Personal Development, Citizenship, Physical Education and Ethics. These are key components of our curriculum that develop students as healthy, well-informed, open-minded young people prepared to make considered decisions.

Key Stage 4 students build upon the foundations of their prior learning and focus on deeper engagement with concepts, ideas and knowledge. There is a focus on study skills, developing intellectual confidence and deliberate practice.

Literacy, Language, Communication & Culture Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths Character, Health, Wellbeing & Social Responsibility The World, the Past, Ideas & Spirituality Design, Creativity, Performance & the Arts
English Language
English Literature
French
German 
Spanish
Maths
Additional Maths
Combined Science
Biology
Physics
Chemistry
Computer Science
Personal Development
Citizenship (incl British Values)
Physical Education
Core Ethics
Future Choices
Extracurricular
Opportunities (eg DofE)
Geography
History
Religious Studies
Business Studies
Product Design
Food
Art Textiles
Photography
Fine Art
Graphics
Music
Drama

Stroud High Sixth Form students tailor their curriculum based on their own intellectual and creative interests. Students are able to choose from a broad selection of 26 A Level subjects. The majority of students will pursue their passions by studying three A Levels, but there is the option to study a fourth - for example Further Maths.

Alongside A Levels, students will study an enriching additional academic qualification of their choice. This could be the Extended Project Qualification, Gold Crest Award, Gold Arts Award, Core Maths or our own Sports Coaching & Leadership programme.

Our personalised curriculum pathways offer exciting opportunities for students to work with industry specialists who will guide and mentor students on their learning journey. 

Scholarship lies at the heart of our Key Stage 5 learning experience. Students are encouraged to invest time in exploring their chosen subject disciplines in depth. Our structured scholarship programme aims to develop independent study. 

We have a robust transition programme in place for students joining our Sixth Form from other schools. Students are supported in this transition in both subject-specific academic skills and the development of cognitive capabilities. 

We are proud that our Sixth Form students mature into lifelong learners ready to make their mark in the world.

Literacy, Language, Communication & Culture Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths Personal Development & Preparing for Next Steps Humanities & Social Sciences Design, Performance & the Creative Arts
English
Literature
French
German 
Spanish
Maths
Further Maths
Biology
Physics
Chemistry
Computer Science
Product Design
Core Maths
Gold Crest Award
Pathways 
Broadening Horizons
Programme
Scholarship & Independence
Extended Project
Qualification
Leadership & Volunteering
Geography
History
Religious
Studies
Philosophy
Sociology
Psychology
Politics
Business
Studies
Economics
Product Design
Art Textiles
Fine Art
Drama
Physical Education
Music
Gold Arts Award