The Curriculum at Salendine Nook


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.

For more information on the curriculum we follow here at SNHS, please get in contact with our Senior Vice Principal, Jenny Hornsby,

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.

Year 7 and 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 and 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.

“We are always pushed hard in lessons. Progress is the key message from staff. They know
what we need to do to achieve.”

– Year 11 Student