School Prospectus - Curriculum

The Curriculum


All students 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, RE and Citizenship work create opportunities for our young people to consider many issues of a social, moral and ethical nature. This is delivered in separate Philosophy, Morality
and Ethics (PME) lessons in both Key Stages. 

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


Additional Needs

When appropriate, a statutory assessment may be carried out by the LA which may result in a student being given an Education, Health and Care Plan. However, the needs of most students 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.

The school has an established framework both in the Additional Needs Department and in the Student Support Centre which enables us to access and then identify students with learning issues. This allows us to put the appropriate strategies in place to deal with these potential barriers to learning.

Years 7 & 8

All students follow the National Curriculum in Mathematics, Science, English, Technology, History, Geography, French, Art, Music, Drama, Physical Education, Religious Education, Information Technology, PE (including swimming) and PME. Year 7 and 8 students will study two languages - French and Spanish.

Years 9/10/11

In Years 9, 10 and 11, all students must study English, Mathematics, Double Science or three separate Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics), Physical Education, Religious Education and Citizenship through PME lessons.  The option pathways system then guides students towards the most appropriate courses for the duration of Key Stage Four. Other options include Photography, Child Development and Health and Social Care. 

Throughout their five years at Salendine Nook High, students can be timetabled to learn or improve their performance on musical instruments. These lessons are taken by staff from Musica Kirklees.


Homework is set using Show My Homework. You will receive login details in September, at the start of each year. This ‘app’ allows parents to track or monitor their child’s homework over the course of the year. We expect every child to complete all homework tasks.

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 every child the opportunity to compete with fellow students and students 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 students achieve this award.

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 students and parents. There are numerous clubs and activities run by different departments across the school and the school library provides a homework club after school. There are also theatre visits.


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