At Huntcliff we believe in providing our pupils with a challenging and stimulating learning environment. The curriculum is planned and delivered with the aim of allowing all pupils, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or ability, the opportunity to achieve their best. Pupils at Huntcliff usually work according to their age. Grouping by ability enables pupils to move through the programmes of study at an appropriate pace and with appropriate challenge.
Our aims help pupils to:
- Develop a lively, enquiring, imaginative and creative mind and to encourage them to question, argue rationally and apply themselves to a multitude of situations within school and beyond;
- Respect others, promoting individual and team endeavours whilst developing healthy, spiritual and aesthetic awareness of the environment in which themselves and others live;
- Be active participants and contributors to our global society, developing skills and interests enabling them to make the most of opportunities in work and leisure time.
Our pupils’ Opening Minds and Personal, social, health and careers education programme is designed to promote these aims and develop caring, knowledgeable, team workers who can communicate confidently and effectively and with high levels of initiative and independence. It is adapted regularly in the light of pupil feedback and to reflect emerging needs within our local community.
A greater emphasis in the older years ensures our pupils are prepared for the continuation of education beyond 16 or for training for employment. We personalise the curriculum to maximise the potential of all our children by offering a broad, balanced and varied range of subjects, all taught be specialists. As such we are proud to achieve the Inclusion Quality Mark 2014 and Careers Mark 2014 in recognition of our excellent curriculum, our inclusive practices and our delivery of high quality careers information, advice and guidance.
All pupils at Huntcliff School are expected to do homework. Tasks will vary according to the subject and level and will include; reading, learning, writing, research and project work.
All pupils are issued with a Pupil Journal at the beginning of each academic year which is designed to help pupils’ personal organisation. Many things, including homework, targets, and key dates are noted in the journal. Parents are asked to check and sign the journal each week.
Gifted and talented pupils
As an aspirational community school, we seek to meet the needs of pupils of all abilities through a wide range of well thought out strategies and opportunities.
Gifted pupils are encouraged to maximise their academic potential through experiences that are both challenging and varied, incorporating higher order thinking skills and creative forms of differentiation.
Similarly, pupils who are talented in the arts, music, drama and sports for example, are given the opportunity to develop their expertise to the full.
We also encourage many leadership opportunities, trips and visits, master classes to ensure this group of pupils thrive and achieve exceptional performance.
Special Educational Needs (SEN)
In the lower school (years 7 to 9) lower ability pupils are taught in smaller groups in academic subjects so that their needs may be more effectively met. This includes additional programmes of study, such as Literacy and Numeracy Plus. Some pupils may also have additional withdrawal lessons to improve their literacy, numeracy or social and communication skills.
There is a support system in operation which allows additional staff to work with identified pupils or groups, in order to assist further development. A well-equipped resource base also provides additional teaching material, equipment and expertise for any pupils who may at any time experience difficulties in learning.
There are designated areas in the school where vulnerable pupils can go at lunchtime. Furthermore, pupils may complete homework, additional work or simply enjoy free time under supervision in these areas.
Sex and Relationships Education
Sex and Relationships Education is covered in various areas of the curriculum and at several stages during a pupil’s school life. Both boys and girls in year 7 are introduced to the elements of the human reproductive process through their science lessons. Year 8, 9 and 10 pupils, with the consent of their parents, follow a study of responsible attitudes to relationships, including the risks of unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. This is carried out as part of the Personal Social Health and Careers Education Programme and is delivered partly by our staff and complemented by local experts from the health and Youth Work sectors.
Emphasis is placed throughout on the development of informed and responsible decision making in personal and sexual behaviour.