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Five Acres High School


A common Greenshaw Learning Trust KS3 curriculum design means that we aspire that all pupils will experience a challenging, world-class curriculum. Through the guidance of our curriculum curators, each department has created a curriculum centred around our "Big Ideas" for each subject: the key principles and concepts behind each subject area – the background or ‘hinterland’ which is the bedrock to getting to the heart of each discipline.

This ensures all of our pupils (and especially disadvantaged pupils) have rigorous, well-structured schemes of work, and in addition will have enrichment opportunities to build cultural capital, including regular exposure to aspirational experiences, including university visits.

Our Greenshaw Canon is a list of books that we have created to enrich, inspire, challenge and broaden our pupils’ experiences of the world. This also contributes to our Character Education (Determination: Literacy). For reading 10 books, pupils will receive the Bronze award, for 25 the Silver and for 50 the Gold. This enriching experience is both a challenge and a joy. The selection is international, culturally diverse, and allows our staff and children to learn and share together “the best that has been thought, written and said”.

We expect our teachers to plan and think deeply about how best to teach our curriculum to the needs of the children in front of them. We have a three year KS3 which attempts to accomplish both breadth of exposure and digging into depth of discipline. We are proud of our investment in the arts, languages, humanities in addition to the very strong core experience. All of our Y7 and Y8 sing in our exceptional choir, which is supported by four musical graduates and experts. We ensure that our young sportsmen and women have access to professional coaches