Parents and Students

Curriculum Guides

Curriculum Overview

The curriculum at Windsor High School and Sixth Form is the vehicle which allows our students to become:

  • Confident and successful individuals, who enjoy learning, make ambitious progress and achieve high quality and meaningful qualifications
  • Responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society including their local community and the wider international world in which they exist.

The needs of our students drive our curriculum provision at all times. Whilst confirming our commitment to the broad and balanced principles of the national curriculum, we also celebrate and use our staff expertise to drive excellence and innovation.


In order to access a broad and balanced curriculum, all students need to be confident and proficient in the basic skills of Reading, Writing, Communication and Mathematics and these are given the highest priority at all times. We believe firmly that a student’s progress is what ultimately leads to their achievement and that an enabling curriculum model is one that should facilitate this.

Finally, we consider it critical that equality and fundamental British Values are promoted and realised at all levels of curriculum provision and that this is integral to outstanding practice. Whilst we provide individual and small group withdrawal support where necessary, our curriculum is one which celebrates inclusion at all times and we firmly believe that our diversity as a school ultimately enriches and enhances our curriculum for the benefit of all.

All learners are of equal value and have an equal right of entitlement to an appropriate and worthwhile curriculum.

  1. To meet statutory requirements
  2. To provide all students with a broad, balanced, relevant set of learning experiences which develop progressively and which are appropriate to individual needs
  3. To ensure coherent preparation for employment, training and Further and Higher Education
  4. To promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, social (SMSC) and mental and physical development of all students
Key Stages

At Key Stage 3 students study English, Maths, Science, Technology, French, German or Spanish, Computing, Geography, History, RE, Art, Music, PE and Drama

At Key Stage 4 all students study English, Maths, Science, and PE, plus choose four options best suited to their needs.

Students are given independent advice alongside consultation with parents prior to making options choices. EBACC is not enforced upon all our students, however advice may be for students to supplement our compulsory curriculum with a language and humanities subject if and where appropriate.

At Key Stage 5 students are offered a variety of A Level and BTEC options and are interviewed to assess suitability to their chosen courses.

In order for all students to follow a curriculum relevant to their particular needs, interests, strengths and aspirations, the curriculum will give students the opportunity to:

  • Follow vocational courses pre 16 and post 16
  • Have an optional work experience placement in Year 10; compulsory work experience placement in Year 12
  • Explore key issues relating to Careers and Citizenship
  • Engage in a wide range of extra-curricular activities enriching students’ learning experiences
  • Follow a curriculum enrichment programme.

Citizenship, Sex and Relationships Education (SRE), Careers, Enterprise and Work Related Learning are delivered by a combination of cross curricular and alternative curriculum sessions.

Curriculum Guides