Curriculum Overview

The curriculum at Hadleigh High School is central to our aim at providing outstanding education. We aim to provide both breadth and depth to our ethical curriculum which promotes fundamental British values.  Our approaches prepare our young people to develop the skills and attributes which will prepare them for life in modern, democratic Britain.  We promote tolerance and respect of different cultures, lifestyles and religious beliefs.  

At Key Stage 3 pupils follow the full range of National Curriculum subjects, together with Drama and Religious Education. This provides them with a broad and balanced curriculum in their first three years of secondary education. In Key Stage 4 pupils follow a core curriculum but are able to exercise a large degree of choice in their option subjects, allowing them to play to their strengths and choose subjects which they enjoy and in which they know they will achieve well.

The National Curriculum sets out the most important knowledge and skills that every pupil has a right to learn. It gives standards that measure how well pupils are doing in each subject so teachers can plan to help them progress. This will be the last year that we use National Curriculum levels.

National Curriculum levels measure your child’s progress in each subject. They are like the rungs of a ladder; children move up through the levels as they move up through the school.

During Key Stage 3 most children will work within levels 3 to 7. By the end of Key Stage 3 most children reach levels 5 and 6. Not all children progress at the same rate and may need extra help at school and home and not all children manage to achieve these milestones in all areas.

At regular intervals throughout the year your child will be given a level for each subject. Each level is a measure of how much your child knows, understands and can do. By the end of Key Stage 3 - when your child is 14, the National expectation is they should reach level 5 and above.


To get a level 5 or above in English, your child should be able to:

  •      use commas, speech marks and apostrophes accurately;
  •      use paragraphs;
  •      spell some difficult words correctly;
  •      use some complex (longer and more detailed/descriptive) sentences;
  •      use a wide range of vocabulary;
  •      give reasons and explanations, backed up by evidence, in their answers.


To get level 5 or above in Mathematics, your child should be able to:

  •       complete calculations correctly, clearly showing appropriate workings;
  •        give reasons and explanations to back up their answers;
  •        use units correctly;
  •        use correct mathematical notation when setting out their work


To get level 5 or above in Science, your child should be able to:

  •        describe how to use equipment accurately and safely;
  •         accurately read results from pictures or graphs, and use units, such as gm or cm correctly;
  •         draw reasonable conclusions from data or evidence, and give sensible explanations for them;
  •         remember a range of scientific ideas and apply them to unfamiliar situations.