Welcome to Curriculum

An Aspirational Curriculum

We aim to provide an ambitious curriculum which is carefully crafted by our subject experts to ensure all students secure high levels of subject specific knowledge and expertise within an exciting and broad curriculum experience, complemented by a uniquely diverse and extensive extra-curricular and enrichment programme of the highest quality.

By engaging with this curriculum experience Toot Hill students develop into well informed, responsible, determined, and kind young people who are intellectually curious and creative in their thinking and leave us to become highly successful and happy young adults who take pride in their ability to contribute significantly to our local community and global society.

Our curriculum design does not view students’ GCSE examinations as the end point; each subject area curates their curricula to prepare students authentically for the next stage in the subject’s journey, buildings students’ schema sequentially to lead them on their journey from novice to expert. We are ambitious for every student in our care and, to that end, our curriculum design facilitates the expectation that students work towards targets that put them in the top 5% nationally. These targets are derived from Fischer Family Trust Aspire estimates that consider a pupil’s prior attainment, gender and month of birth.

Our KS3 curriculum encompasses Year 7, 8 and 9. Students study a broad and balanced curriculum throughout KS3 and are provided with the opportunity to personalise their diet in Year 9 by choosing to study two additional subjects from our broad range of GCSE options alongside their National Curriculum entitlement. These optional subjects include: Business Studies, Computing, Citizenship Studies, Economics, Fashion and Textiles, Food Preparation and Nutrition, Media Studies, Philosophy and Ethics, Engineering, Hospitality and Catering, Child Development, Enterprise and Marketing, Art, Drama, Music and Technology. We continually review this offer to look for additional courses that we can provide. The online KS4 Options brochure can be viewed here:

Key Stage 4 Options Guide

In Year 10 students focus their studies on the options studied in Year 9 as well as the English Baccalaureate. A small number of pupils do not continue a modern foreign language to GCSE where it is determined that additional English and Mathematics time would be beneficial for the student.

Students receive three reports over the year that detail their progress towards their FFT5 targets and scores for attitude to learning and homework. At KS3 student work and summative assessments are used to determine an indicative grade for each student, which is then compared to their ‘banded’ target. At KS4 indicative grades become more accurate and, as such, they are then compared to an integer target.

SMSC in the Curriculum

All schools are charged with developing students’ knowledge and understanding of spiritual, moral and cultural issues and themes. Subject leaders complete an SMSC audit of their taught curriculum and identify opportunities for teachers to engage students in wider debate. Our staff promote a sense of social conscience, empathy and appreciation of the diverse nature of modern Britain.

This subject provision backs up our comprehensive Personal Development Curriculum, which is delivered during tutor time and via PSHE periods, as well as through extra-curricular opportunities, themed days, assemblies and charity events. These activities provide students with opportunities to learn about their rights and responsibilities in society, based upon the qualities we value at Toot Hill School: Purpose, Responsibility, Integrity, Determination and Empathy, as well as working hard and being kind.

School Day

Our school day starts at 8.30am, with a 15 minute Tutor Period, and finishes at 3.00pm (2.10pm on Fridays). Students have a 15 minute break in the morning and a 45 minute lunch break (currently 35 minutes under our Covid-19 Health and Safety plans). In Years 7 to 11, students are taught six 45 to 55 minute lessons a day. In addition, the school offers a wide variety of enrichment opportunities after school as part of ‘Extended Study’ to all of our students. These operate from 3.10pm to 4.10pm on Tuesday to Thursday.

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