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 LearnersResponsible 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 the majority of our pupils follow an English Baccalaureate 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).


What we teach


The Key Stage 3 National Curriculum (Years 7 to 9) is delivered in every subject and the statutory requirements for delivering Religious Studies and the Personal Development curriculum (PSHRE, RSE) are met and exceeded. In addition to the statutory subjects, pupils study Drama as a discrete lesson, and are learn both French and Spanish in Modern Foreign Languages lessons. Many other subject areas go beyond the scope of the National Curriculum, by exposing pupils to disciplines such as Photography in Art lessons and Business and Enterprise in ICT lessons. Subject leaders at Golborne High School plan a carefully-sequenced curriculum, not only as a foundation for KS4 and Post-16 study, but to embed a love of their subject. Our planned curriculum helps pupils to “see the bigger picture” by making contextual links in their learning within and across subjects.


For information on Key Stage 4 and the Options process, please visit the Options page.


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.

Covid-19 and the Curriculum

Whilst lessons are taught online during school closure, subject leaders have ensured that the National Curriculum is still delivered. We have embraced the learning opportunities that home study has allowed, by adapting our subject curriculum to the new context. Computer-based learning has brought Humanities lessons to life through virtual “visits” to foreign countries and wartime Britain. PE and Technology lessons have embraced using household items to facilitate learning, and many subjects have taken inspiration from the great outdoors!

Equality of Opportunity

The Golborne High School curriculum is accessible to learners of all abilities and those with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND). All pupils study the full curriculum at Key Stage 3. Pupils who are assessed as requiring additional support in literacy and numeracy receive small group tuition that is built into the timetable both as a discrete lesson and through additional support in Mathematics and English lessons. For more information on access for pupils with SEND, contact Mr A. Stuart, SENDCo.

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