School Curriculum

The curriculum at Woolton High School is broad, balanced, challenging and engaging. It prepares students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences which they will encounter after leaving us whilst promoting spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development.

Our curriculum is based on the National Curriculum and is broadly divided into a Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9) and a Key Stage 4 (Years 10 & 11)

In Years 7-9 all students follow an identical curriculum (in terms of subjects and curriculum time) and are taught in mixed ability groups with teaching being differentiated to both support and challenge all students.

In Years 10 and 11 students follow both a core (English, maths, science etc) and a foundation curriculum of Media/ICT, PE and Business StudiesIn keeping with our aim of preparing students for the world of work, all students follow a vocation course as part of their curriculum.

Our curriculum offers a very clear pathway for progression and all courses from Year 10 onwards lead to a qualification of some sort eg. GCSE, BTEC, Entry Level Certificate and Functional Skills.

We also have a Engagemnet centre curriculm that mirrors the school curriculum and pupils also follow qualifications where appropriate to their ability.

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Teaching Staff


Mathematics teaches us how to make sense of the world around us through the development of a child‘s ability to calculate, reason and solve problems.  It enables pupils to understand the relationship between number and their everyday lives.  It can also be a tool in the expansion of a child’s horizons, giving them the opportunity to consider new ways of thinking and calculation.

At Woolton High School we aim to teach Maths by promoting it’s enjoyment while showing an enthusiasm for learning and the award of qualifications.  Exploration, discussion and discovery are all important elements that we use to promote learning in maths.

Pupils will take some or all of the following accreditation:  Functional Skills Level 1, Functional Skills Level 2 and GCSE.  We are proud of our success rate in each of these qualifications and look forward to their further promotion and pass rate improvement.  This is taught by Mr Conte.

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Mr Wright teaches English at KS3 and KS4.  Pupils are assessed by Miss Trainer in their Reading and Spelling skills.  This then helps to determine, along with baseline assessments, the level they are working at.  Their reading and spelling ages also identify any pupils that may require additional support with Literacy skills.  Pupils access a wide variety of texts and experiences throughout their time at school. Developing a passion for literature is an integral part of English, as such pupils will study various authors such as; William Shakespeare, Willy Russell, John Steinbeck, J.B Priestley and Roald Dahl.

During their KS3 journey pupils shall access Entry level qualifications (Levels 1, 2 and 3).  These qualifications are seen to give pupils a basis in “Literacy skills for life”.  They also look to set pupils up for their next step at KS4.

In year 10 and 11 pupils will undertake a Functional Skills course (Level 1 and 2). Once they have achieved these qualifications they can begin an AQA GCSE course of study.  This way of teaching has been viewed to give pupils their best chance of maximising their potential within the subject whilst also allowing them to achieve qualifications relevant to college courses they wish to enrol on.  It is the aim of the department to make pupils develop an understanding, love and passion for English that will enable them to access learning and employment opportunities in the future.

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We live in an areas of unprecedented scientific and technological change.  The aim of the Science department is to develop pupils’ sense of enquiry and extend their knowledge and understanding of the world around them. Through experimentation and scientific enquiry pupils are able to gain skills which will equip them to adapt to this rapidly advancing world.

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ICT is a fundamental component of teaching at Woolton High School. The curriculum is focused initially on ensuring that pupils have the core transferable skills in utilising packages for the presentation of work. Throughout KS3, pupils will develop the skills necessary to complete the Functional Skills Exam, preparing them for modern technologies in the outside world.

Outside of formal teaching, pupils have access to well-resourced, modern computer suites where they are encouraged to work independently, using facilities for presentation of work for examinations and for research.

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Media at KS4.  Students at Woolton High School progress from ICT to Media Studies. This is designed to provide a comprehensive and integrated coverage of media theory and practice with special emphasis on emerging technologies. It provides opportunities for students to investigate personal media interests, including a choice of cross-media studies.

The curriculum follows the AQA Media Studies Assignment Banks, of which students complete 3 assignments, one of which is a large-scale project, incorporating all of the skills developed throughout year 10.  Students are then entered into a written examination at the end of year 11.

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Anthony Crowley PE Teacher PE TEACHER

In Woolton High School, PE is a strength of the school “Ofsted 2013” and as such we value ourselves in giving our pupils a range of experiences in PE. At key stage 3, every three weeks we change the sport in school to give our pupils the opportunity to participate in an array of sports, such as handball, badminton, short tennis and Health related fitness. This allows our pupils to indulge in sports they may not have tried. But the most important part of our ethos in PE is for it to be a positive experience regardless of ability.

At Key stage 4 pupils are giving the opportunity to choose BTEC Sport Level 1/2 Award. This is broken down into 4 Units which are all assessed by Edexcel. This allows our pupils to perform presentations, assignments and portfolios in both a practical and theory setting.

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Graeme Smith Business Studies TeacherBUSINESS STUDIES / PSHE TEACHER

Year 7 pupils at the school complete PSHE and follow the AQA 5800 specification. Over the year the students will complete 5 units to varying levels. Each unit will cover a key area that helps students mature and develop at this age, as well as providing them with life skills and advice on how to stay safe. The five units covered are:

  • Unit 2: Drugs Education
  • Unit 3: Sex and Relationship Education
  • Unit 5: Emotional Wellbeing
  • Unit 10: Personal Safety
  • Unit 12: Introduction to Diversity, Prejudice and Discrimination

Year 8 pupils at the school complete Citizenship and follow the subjects KS3 programme of study. The students will complete four units which gives them a wider understanding of both national and global issues. These units are complete by February. At this time the students then work as a team to create a product which will help people. The students then take their idea/product and compete in a Dragon’s Den event against all of the schools in the South Liverpool Schools Together Network. This event has been successful and very beneficial to the students in previous years and promotes teamwork within the group. The Citizenship units covered:

  • Citizenship – What it’s all about
  • Crime
  • Britain – A diverse society?
  • Debating a global issue
  • Why is it so difficult to keep the peace in the world today?

Years 9, 10 and 11 at the school complete Business Studies BTEC Firsts. This is a three year course which consists of four units in total. There are two core units that must be complete and two optional units that the teacher chooses. Three out of the four units are course work based units with the remaining unit, unit 2: Finance for Business, an external on-screen test. The four units covered are:

  • Unit 1: Enterprise in the Business World – Core Unit (Internal)
  • Unit 2: Finance for Business – Core Unit (Internal)
  • Unit 6: Introducing Retail Business – Core Unit (Internal)
  • Unit 8: Recruitment, Selection and Employment – Core Unit (Internal)

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Our Pupil Support Centre is a place where pupils can do project work.  They get help with literacy and numeracy skills.  A local volunteer comes in to help some pupils read.  It is a relaxing environment for the children.

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Our Engagement Centre offers structured teaching groups for pupils that struggle with elements of learning, particularly those who are experiencing disruption or distress. The Engagement Centre aims to provide a predictable environment in which pupils can build trusting relationships with adults.  Small groups are taught by 3 members of staff who spend appropriate times with individuals in the group according to their need.  The main area of focus is on literacy and numeracy.   As the children learn academically and socially they develop confidence, become responsive to others, learn self-respect and take pride in behaving well and in achieving.  The staff aim to help the children gain the necessary skills to be able to return to full-time education.

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