Enhanced Curriculum

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The final tenant of our curriculum offer is the HHS Enhanced Curriculum.  Our wide-ranging enrichment and extra-curricular programme allows our pupils to develop their passions and interests, as well as gain confidence and self-belief.

Enrichment at HHS forms part of the school day. Each pupil has a choice of enrichment options to sign up to each term, including: Sport, Dance, Technology, Creative Writing and Journalism, Music, Art, Drama, Coding and Languages. Additional clubs, such as Homework and Debating, will also be timetabled.  

Regular trips and visits make the most of museums, universities and all that the cities of Leeds, York and Newcastle have to offer. There are opportunities to participate in outdoor pursuits to build confidence and leadership skills via CARES Bushcraft and the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. Pupils have access to NSAT events such as: Spelling Bees, Debating competitions, Maths challenges and Sports days. Pupils can also participate in our annual shows, music concerts, the school choir or take up instruments.

Various facets of the ‘enrichment curriculum’:

  1. x2 Enrichment Sessions per week
  2. Assemblies
  3. Tutor Time Programme
  4. CARES Programme
  5. Life@HHS
  6. Drop Down Days
  7. Educational Visits & Trips
  8. Guest Speakers
  9. Charitable Work

Tutor Time Morning Programme*

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Schedule Theme of the Week Reading Programme Ways to Wellbeing Team Time Standards/
Values Assembly

*Rotates on a timetable

Values Assembly

Pupils have a weekly assembly that gives them the opportunity to explore one of the core CARES values on a half-termly basis. Key messages, current affairs, and inspirational talks will be the focus during these assemblies.

HHS Cares - Thematic Overview



Our mission in school through our Drop Everything And Read programme is to instil a love of reading in our students to support them in extending their learning and cultural experiences beyond their academic curriculum. We aim to empower our students and build their confidence in reading to equip them with the literacy skills they need now in school and later in life.

Download our Introduction to DEAR Infographic

Our Year 7 and 8 students participate in DEAR lessons on a rolling weekly basis. Here is our curriculum calendar for this term. 

Date Year 7 Year 8
Thu 3rd Mar -
Boy Everywhere
By A M Dassu
By Laurie Halse Anderson
Thu 10th Mar -
The Lie Tree
By Frances Hardinge
Noughts and Crosses
By Malorie Blackman
Fri 18th Mar -
The Last Paper Crane
By Kerry Drewery
The Great Revolt
By Paul Howsell
Fri 25th Mar -
My Family and Other Animals
By Gerald Durrell
The Austen Girls
By Lucy Worsley
Fri 1st April -
Boy Everywhere (extract 2)
By A M Dassu
Until We Win
By Linda Newbery
Fri 8th April - 
The Last Paper Crane (extract 2)
By Kerry Drewery
Noughts and Crosses (extract 2)
By Malorie Blackman

Our students read and explore excerpts from these texts with their teachers and peers. Please see an example lesson below. We highly encourage our students to continue reading these books for pleasure at home if they enjoyed the text in their DEAR lesson; our school library has copies available to borrow.


Around the World in 80 Days - Lesson 2



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