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HHS strives to equip our students with an ambitious and aspirational, knowledge-rich curriculum that empowers young people to have the currency of choice for their futures. Our responsive curriculum will give students the necessary knowledge, skills and habits to become successful learners with balanced lifestyles and become successful adults beyond school, opening the door to university, apprenticeships or employment. Our curriculum acknowledges the importance of building students’ cultural capital, building an awareness of the world beyond their frame of reference and deliberately building the necessary vocabulary that enables them to make sense of the world. We want students to comprehend this complex and ever-changing world through appreciating others, understanding what it means to be a good citizen and how to contribute to their communities. We want students to face challenges within school and in their wider life with courage, curiosity, critical thinking and resilience.
Students at Key Stage 3 (Year 7 and 8) follow a two year, broad and balanced curriculum. A wide variety of effective teaching styles aims to stimulate and challenge students as well as developing their interests and self-confidence. Students are taught in groups which are set, based on ability in the subject, or in mixed ability groups. The focus of the curriculum at Key Stage 3 is to build upon student’s learning at Key Stage 2 and provide learning and enjoyment as a foundation for Key Stage 4.
At Key Stage 4 (Year 9, 10 and 11), there is a wide range of option courses available which allows students to tailor GCSE or vocational courses to suit their individual strengths and interests. Assessing and responding to the needs of each student is vital to their success. We therefore provide a flexible curriculum that personalises each students' learning.