The Golborne High School Curriculum

The Golborne Curriculum is under constant review. We make changes to what pupils learn across school and within subjects based on their feedback, progress and aspirations. We are immensely proud of the outcomes our pupils achieve through our curriculum, including their exceptional GCSE results in the core and EBacc subjects and in becoming independent, hardworking and caring young people. The current curriculum is the next step on our journey towards this curriculum intent:

Golborne High School aims to provide a world-class education which enriches pupils’ ambition and love of learning and equips them with the skills, knowledge and cultural capital they need to access aspirational post-16 pathways and the responsibilities and experiences of later life.


Through the three strands of our curriculum, we aim for students at Golborne to be Lifelong Learners, Responsible Citizens and Prepared for the Future. Pupils’ growth in these three areas is developed across all aspects of their school experience: subject lessons, tutor time, assemblies and wider curricular opportunities.

This means that our curriculum in every subject is planned to ensure pupils leave with exceptional outcomes, both in their examinations and in their personal development. We ask every child to strive for personal excellence as well as leaving with the right qualifications to prepare them for the next stage.

We are very proud of the fact that 60-70% of our pupils follow an English Baccaluareate curriculum (Maths, English, Science, Humanities and Languages) to GCSE and we place equal value on the contribution that vocational and technical learning makes to every child’s development. Less than 1% of our pupils go on to be not in education, employment or training (NEET). Our EBacc Average Points Score was 4.91 this year.

You can read more about how the curriculum is organised in each school year below. For a more detailed overview of the knowledge and skills taught in each discipline, please see the individual subject pages.


Years 7 and 8

The Year 7 and 8 curriculum serves a clear purpose in every subject at Golborne. The Curriculum Journey in each subject covers the content of the National Curriculum and puts high challenge, enjoyment and breadth of experience at the heart of learning. The learning from primary school is built upon and not repeated, and knowledge and skills are developed to prepare pupils for the next stage. You can see these journeys on the pages for each subject.

Alongside Mathematics, English, Sciences, Religious Studies and Physical Education, all Year 7 students study a broad range of non-core subjects from day one. Art, Design & Technology, Music, Drama and Computing expose pupils to creative, technical and vocational aspects of learning. We give more curriculum time to Humanities and Modern Foreign Languages than many schools to give pupils a strong foundation to pursue the English Baccalaureate at KS4. Pupils study French and Spanish until Christmas of Year 7, when they are asked to choose which language to continue. A small number of pupils who are “not secondary ready” with English or Maths follow the Boost programme in place of Modern Languages. This small-group teaching aims to fill the gaps in pupils understanding, identified in their Maths and English lessons, in order that their literacy or numeracy are not a barrier to them accessing the rest of the curriculum.

Class groups are organised into two ‘bands’ of 4 or 5 parallel sets, promoting higher expectations for all groups.

To see the curriculum time given to each subject, click here


Year 9

In Year 9, the GCSE courses in Humanities and Modern Foreign Languages begin, allowing pupils nearly three years of study on these challenging EBacc qualifications. This additional time allows our teachers to embed depth and love of learning at KS4 whilst covering the content required for terminal assessment.

All pupils choose between Geography and History and around 70% of pupils continue their studies in French or Spanish. We work with parents to identify a cohort of pupils who benefit from a 1-year course in Financial Education instead of a Modern Language. This course aims to fill a local need we have identified for education around money, borrowing and earning.

The KS3 course continues in the full suite of other subjects, covering the National Curriculum and allowing pupils to experience each area of study in greater breadth, to help inform their Options choices which take place in Spring of Year 9.


Year 10 and 11

Through the Options process, we meet the statutory national requirements and aim to provide a more bespoke curriculum for Year 10 and 11 study. For us, this means giving our pupils as much choice and flexibility as possible, whilst ensuring they follow examination courses that lead to positive outcomes and give them access to aspirational Post-16 opportunities at the correct level.

Pupils are allocated an Options ‘route’ according to their ability and aspirations, and are asked to choose up to three Options subjects available on that route, in addition to English Language and Literature, Mathematics, Science (Combined or Triple) and Humanities. Pupils on the Aqua and Maroon routes are encouraged to continue GCSE French or Spanish to achieve the English Baccalaureate. A small number of pupils on the Yellow route study up to 3 Vocational qualifications and follow our work experience pathway, which is designed to bridge the gap into future study or employment upon leaving Golborne. A year-on-year average of 53% of pupils take GCSEs in Triple Science.

Vocational Qualifications are available on every Options route and we encourage all pupils to take at least one qualification that exposes them to a different style of learning.

In addition to their assessed curriculum, pupils’ physical, religious, moral and spiritual education continues in core Citizenship and PE lessons.

Around 35% of Year 10 complete their English Literature GCSE a year early and our High and Middle-attaining pupils achieve an additional GCSE in Statistics at the end of year 10.

The full list of qualifications currently taught at KS4 can be viewed here.  

To see the curriculum time given to each subject, click here.

In Year 11, pupils benefit from the addition of “Period 6” at the end of each day. This provides a vital opportunity for intervention in the subjects where they require more support.


Beyond the Classroom

Beyond the classroom, we aim to open the door to a wide range of experiences. All subjects provide additional learning contexts including annual school productions and high-performing sports teams in the majority of disciplines. You can find out about these on these on the subject pages.

For any more information about our Curriculum, please contact Miss Norwood, Assistant Headteacher.