School Prospectus - Curriculum

The Curriculum


The curriculum of the school is designed to fulfil the requirements of Government legislation as outlined in National Curriculum documentation. However, there are many additional features to our programme beyond the basic National Curriculum requirements. Our aim is to meet the needs of individual pupils by providing relevant courses for pupils of all abilities. Support is given to those who have special educational needs.

All pupils are expected and supported to reach their full potential, and excellence in academic performance is positively encouraged. We measure outcomes by assessing the progress our students make from the end of primary to the end of secondary.

PSHCE and RE work create opportunities for our young people to consider many issues of a social, moral and ethical nature.  Citizenship is delivered in separate PHSCE lessons across the curriculum.

The total curriculum provision is designed to enable our pupils to become well balanced and confident young people.

Physical Education

The  programme  of  activities  offered  provides  a  balanced  range  of  challenging  and  enjoyable experiences with opportunities for all pupils to develop physically, cognitively and socially. Activities are taught in a way that caters for the needs of all pupils and encourages active involvement by all.

There are opportunities for soccer, rugby, cricket, netball, hockey, dance, rounders, orienteering, badminton, basketball, tennis, athletics, gymnastics, trampolining, table tennis and alternative sports such as handball, ultimate frisbee and dodgeball. Pupils from Salendine Nook High School have represented both Kirklees and Yorkshire at many levels of competition.

Pupils in Years 7 - 9 have two sports lessons a week and in Years 10 – 11, they have three over a fortnight.   Lessons in Years 7, 8, 10 and 11 include swimming. At KS4, pupils are given the opportunity to complete the Junior Sports Leaders Award and also to organise Sports Festivals for  primary schools.

The school has extensive playing fields with 3 full sized soccer pitches, 1 rugby pitch, 3 hockey pitches and 6 five-a-side soccer pitches. In addition there is a cricket square, a swimming pool, a new Sports Hall, a 400 metre athletic track, a 300 metre athletic track, two gymnasia and an all-weather floodlit astro-turf football pitch.

All our facilities are frequently used by the local community. Details are available from the school.

Special Educational Needs

All pupils are admitted in line with school and Local Authority (LA) Admissions Policy.

When appropriate, a statutory assessment may be carried out by the LA which may result in a pupil being given an Education, Health and Care Plan. However the needs of most pupils will be met without such an assessment having to be made. Specialist provision available may include small group work, individual programmes and extra support in lessons along with regular monitoring and reviewing of progress made.

Our Special Educational Needs Policy follows the new Code of Practice in place from 1st Sept 2014, Part 3 of the Children and Families Act. As part of this legislation the Governing Body will make reasonable arrangements for all pupils, irrespective of any disability, to participate in the everyday life of the school.

The school has an established framework both in the SEN Department and in the Pupil Support Department that enables us to access and then identify pupils with learning or behavioural problems. This allows us to put the appropriate strategies in place to deal with these potential barriers to learning.

Monitoring and record keeping play an integral part in the process of breaking  down  these barriers. The use of Additional Needs Plans, My Support Plans and Pupil Support Plans (all of which set specific targets and outcomes) allows the Learning Support Department, Pupil Support Unit and subject staff the opportunities to use various strategies which will help the learning process.

The Careers Service helps pupils with the transition of leaving school to post 16 provision.

Years 7 & 8

All pupils follow  the National Curriculum in Mathematics, Science, English, Technology, History,
Geography, French, Art, Music, Drama, Physical Education, Religious Education and Information Technology and PSHCE.

In Year 7 and 8 pupils also have a swimming lesson, which is compulsory. In the first term, Year 7 and 8 pupils will study two languages – French and Spanish. Year 7 pupils will then choose which of the two languages - French or Spanish they will take for the remaining four years. Teacher Assessment is used to measure progress in all subjects.

Years 9/10/11

In Years 9, 10 and 11, all pupils must study English, Mathematics, Double Science or three separate Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics), Physical Education, Religious Education, ICT and Personal, Social and Health Education and Citizenship. The option pathways system then guides pupils towards the most appropriate courses for the duration of Key Stage Four.

Throughout their five years at Salendine Nook High, pupils can be timetabled to learn or improve their performance on musical instruments. These lessons are taken by staff from the Kirklees Musical Service Educational Trust.


Homework is set according to individual requirements and all pupils are expected to attempt any
work set. The school is looking to provide both pupils and parents access to each individual pupil’s homework electronically. This system will be rolled out in Autumn 2017.

Extra-Curricular Activities

In addition to timetabled lessons, the school offers an extensive range of extra-curricular activities. A wide variety of lunchtime and after school clubs is an important aspect of school life. Various inter-form and inter-school competitions are organised to give everyone the opportunity to compete with fellow pupils and pupils from other schools. Staff offer school clubs to support curriculum work and learning. The school has a strong reputation for successful sporting teams as well as a wide range of fitness related activities for those who want to participate but not compete. We are a Duke of Edinburgh Centre and many pupils achieve these awards. Performing Arts are strong within the school, producing a range of musical and dramatic performances throughout the year. The school regularly stages musical productions for the enjoyment of pupils and parents. There are numerous clubs and activities run by departments across the school and the school library provides a homework club after school. There are also theatre visits.

Visits locally and abroad are often arranged for pupils. The 1988 Education Act requires that the school asks for voluntary contributions from parents to support ‘out of school’ educational visits. These contributions enable the school to offer a wide range of activities for students

Religious Affiliation

The school is not affiliated to a particular religious denomination.  Assemblies are held for pupils
on a regular basis. They are broadly Christian in line with the 1988 Education Act. The Religious Education Curriculum draws on the personal experiences of the pupils and includes the study of Christianity and the five other world religions. The school will respond to requests from parents who wish their son/daughter to be excused from Religious Education lessons or assemblies for religious reasons. Pupils withdrawn are not given free time but are required to do additional work relating to life skills. Such requests should be addressed to the Principal.

Sex Education

The Sex Education programme in School complies with the National Curriculum requirements.
The biological aspects are dealt with in the academic curriculum. The moral and personal values are dealt with in PSHCE. The Relationship and Sexual Health Education Policy is on the School website. These matters are kept under review by the Governing Body. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from part or all of sex education provision. Such requests should be addressed to the Principal.


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