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At Sir Christopher Hatton, we set high expectations to ensure that every students excels across all aspects of academy life.  Our curriculum will support the academy aims of ‘Aiming for Excellence’ in all that we do.

Our intention is to ensure all our students make outstanding progress and that the curriculum removes any potential barriers to learning.  We endeavour for our students to leave with knowledge and skills to create and enhance lifelong opportunities beyond the academy.

A Sir Christopher Hatton student will:

  • Experience a broad, deep and knowledge rich curriculum and become successful and lifelong learners
  • Be literate and numerate
  • Have high expectations for their behaviour and achievement
  • Become responsible global citizens and develop their cultural, social, moral, mental and physical development
  • Have secure foundations for progression and be prepared for the changing world of work

Broad, Deep and Knowledge Rich Curriculum

The academy recognises individual students’ needs and abilities and supports the development of intellectual, cultural, morals, aesthetic, spiritual, physical and social qualities which our broad curriculum supports.  At KS3 there are many opportunities built into lessons to secure the need to recall and retrieve previous learning so that knowledge is fully embedded.

Many students have a clear idea of subjects they like the most and least by the middle of Year 8 and we offer them choice at this stage which engages the students in partnership with us in their learning and leads to improved outcomes for them.  We therefore ask students to spend more time on 4 chosen areas of interest in Year 9. 

At KS4 the courses are planned to ensure that content is thoroughly revisited and this undoubtedly prepares students for external examinations at the end of the course. 

Literacy and Numeracy

Development of student language and oracy is paramount within our curriculum as we understand the importance for our students to build their confidence in communications skills not only whilst at the academy but in readiness for the world of work. 

Students literacy skills are developed so they can access all parts of the curriculum. All students in year 7-10 read daily, regardless of subject, through our initiative DEAR (Drop Everything And READ). 

Staff prioritise reading in lessons, lessons are effectively differentiated as to allow all students no matter what their starting point opportunities to access the content that is being taught. Reading ages of all students are regularly monitored and intervention is put into place for students who are failing to reach age expected standards. This intervention supports teaching and ensures that all students can make the rapid progress that is expected of them.

We ensure that students have opportunities in all subjects to discuss, challenge, debate and build on other points of view and to develop their formality of language to ensure they have the confidence to speak to different audiences.  Our auditorium is timetabled for lessons and the facility enhances this area of the curriculum for debates, speakers and lectures.

Numeracy is embedded within our curriculum.  Students who arrive at the academy with below expected maths skills are quickly caught up through expert teaching and targeted intervention.

Behaviour and Achievement

Sir Christopher Hatton is inclusive and ambitious for all.  We have high expectations of all our students and provide opportunities for them to learn what is expected morally.  Our behaviour policy ensures that students learn that actions have consequences.  Whilst students gain knowledge through KS3 and KS4, we also want them to become learners who are enquiring, enthusiastic, engaged and mannerly.  Students will develop high expectations of themselves and embed key principles at the academy: ‘Ready for excellence, Aim for excellence and Dressed for excellence’.

Global Citizens 

SMSC are the aspects of Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural education that are integrated into all features of the curricular and wider curriculum programme at the Academy. These may be delivered as part of a subject area, for example Religious Education and Citizenship, or may be integral to the teaching of the subject or activity.

Core British Values are interwoven into the curriculum and the Life skills (PSHE) programme to ensure that students are prepared for life in modern Britain and show that learning is linked to the real world and experiences.  Sir Christopher Hatton promotes tolerance of and respect for people of all faiths through curricular activities. Through the life skills curriculum, students are taught about the British democratic parliamentary system and its central role in shaping our history and values and in continuing to develop Britain. Life in modern democratic Britain is addressed in a range of lessons from anti-bullying, personal safety; human rights; the rule of law; government and society; family and personal responsibility order to allow them to participate fully and contribute positively to life in modern democratic Britain.

Our enrichment programme also provides a range of opportunities for the social, moral, spiritual and cultural awareness of our students to be enhanced. Activities such as debating and Duke of Edinburgh Award offer varied and life changing potential.

Foundations and the Changing World of Work

It is the academy’s intention to ensure that students have secure foundations for progression into further education and apprenticeships.  From Year 7 students receive careers information with a clear focus on the Gatsby benchmarks and this is supported through our annual careers day.  Over the course of 5 years our students receive a rigorous and bespoke aspirations programme that exposes them to a wealth of voices and experiences.

Special Educational Needs

Students with barriers to learning, ranging from specific learning difficulties to physical disabilities, are supported to participate and achieve in every aspect of academy life as part of our commitment to all students. The Learning Zone team has an overview of every student to ensure that this commitment is fulfilled and are in regular liaison with parents throughout the student's time at the academy.   


To support students to achieve their maximum potential the academy has targeted intervention groups in a wide variety of subject areas that runs throughout the academic year.

Curriculum Organisation

The academy runs a timetable which comprises of 25 academic periods per week. In addition, there are three tutor periods a week, one 55 minute Lifeskills (PSHE) period and one 50 minute Enrichment period.

Monday, Wednesday & Friday


Tuesday & Thursday


Period 1 - Registration



Period 1


Period 2 



Period 2


Period 3








Period 3


Period 4



Period 4







Period 5



Period 5


Period 6



Period 6


End of Day



End of Day

Curriculum Structure

The KS3 curriculum is designed to build on the new primary national curriculum.  Faculties develop their KS3 curriculum based on the KS3 national curriculum with appropriate changes being included in order to support student's preparation for specific KS4 courses.

The KS3 curriculum consists of English, Maths, Science, PE, RE, ICT, PSHE, Geography, History, Art, Drama, Dance, Music, MFL and Design Technology.

Year 9
In Year 8 students choose 4 subjects to study in depth in Year 9.  This is a deliberate action to engage and enable student to really enjoy and learn the depth of their chosen subjects over a three year course.  The curriculum model allows students to choose 4 subjects in addition to the core: English, Maths, Science, PE and RE.

The KS4 curriculum provides the flexibility to support students in following a route appropriate to enable the student to succeed.

The KS4 curriculum consists of GCSEs in English, Maths, Science and RE which are all compulsory. This is combined with PSHE (through our Life skills programme) and PE. Students can then choose from any of the following GCSE subjects: Art, Computing, German, Spanish, ICT, Geography, History, Food Technology, Design Technology and Media Studies and from the following level 2 Btec subjects: Business Studies, Sport Studies, Music, Performing Arts and Creative Media.

VI Form
In the VI Form, students are able to tailor their curriculum with an appropriate mixture of level 3 academic (A Level) and vocational (BTEC) qualifications.

The KS5 curriculum consists of A Levels in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, English Literature, English Literature and Language, Geography, History, Philosophy and Ethics, Sociology, Computing, Business, Sport, Art, Film Studies, Spanish and German. This offer is combined with level 3 Btecs in Business Studies, Sport Studies, Music, ICT, Science and Health and Social Care. GCSEs in English and Mathematics are also offered.

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

The academy offers a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities for all age groups. These can be sub-divided into four areas: Cultural, Sporting, International visits, Trips.

The “Enrichment” period is a fantastic opportunity for students to experience activities and develop new skills.