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Curriculum Information

Values Curriculum & Drop-Down Days

SMSC Development & British Values

Extra-Curricular Clubs & Activities

Knowledge Organisers

Subject Information


Curriculum Intent
At Selby High School, we aim to deliver an ambitious, knowledge-rich curriculum that is broad, balanced & dynamic. Our vision of ‘Embracing diversity; Unlocking potential; Inspiring learning’ is at the core of everything we do, and our curriculum ensures that that we have high aspirations for all groups of students. The curriculum offer is regularly revisited, and reshaped, in order to allow students to realise their true potential and to become happy, considerate citizens who make a valuable contribution to society. We have adopted an approach to curriculum design to ensure that students receive the best possible experience when it comes to content, timetabling and delivery. We believe that our curriculum is challenging, creative and personalised, and provides a wealth of opportunities to learn and be inspired.

The Aims of our Curriculum are:

  • To create a culture of high aspirations and excellence for all groups of students;
  • To ensure carefully structured progression of knowledge, skills and understanding in each subject, leading to excellent academic outcomes for all;
  • To monitor all students’ progress in the curriculum through well-planned assessments, understood by all stakeholders;
  • To develop a rounded understanding of the world through the Values Curriculum, encouraging questioning and enquiring minds; this includes knowledge and understanding of the British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and tolerance;
  • To give all students a pathway to future success - in life, learning and employment;
  • To encourage participation of all students in a wide range of activities - cultural, social, sporting; and provide a wide range of opportunities to contribute to society;
  • To help students to lead happy, healthy lives in body and mind, inspiring a resilient approach to life;
  • To develop learners who are literate and numerate.

Curriculum Implementation
The curriculum is of vital importance at Selby High School and decisions around our curriculum offer are made with a great deal of thought and consideration. Our curriculum is a carefully mapped and sequentially planned learning journey from a student arriving in year 7 through to leaving us in year 11, building effectively on their prior knowledge. Our knowledge-rich curriculum focuses on a wealth of opportunities to learn, participate, and be inspired, in a full range of endeavours and disciplines.  We aspire for all of our students to be happy, respectful and motivated learners who take responsibility for their own actions and want to do well. Our focus is on excellence for all by removing any barriers to the curriculum so that students are prepared, as educated, successful citizens, to take their next steps in life. As a school, we collectively will ensure that:

  • There is logical Content and Sequencing of the curriculum;
  • Teachers develop excellent subject knowledge;
  • Teachers embed key concepts and explore connections in order to deepen understanding;
  • Reading is a priority for all students including through:
  • - Carefully selected interventions
  • - A reciprocal reading approach
  • - Planned use of high challenge texts for all
  • There is a consistent approach to the Selby High School Teaching & Learning Strategy, including Literacy and Numeracy. Current focus areas include:
  1. T2 Vocabulary
  2. Metacognition & Independent Zone
  • A whole school approach to retrieval practice
  • Teachers promote effective Home Learning, to reinforce learning;
  • Students can effectively use Knowledge Organisers;
  • Staff have high expectations for all groups of students;
  • All students are continually developing their cultural capital needed to succeed in life;
  • Every teacher is a teacher of SEN;
  • Groups are planned carefully; the right students and the right teacher;
  • All students have high aspirations for post-16 destinations;
  • Students know how to look after the well-being of themselves and others. 

Our Values Curriculum
Our Values Curriculum in school addresses many aspects of personal & character development, SMSC, British Values & Citizenship. Some topics are taught explicitly through Life Development lessons, Drop-Down Days & the pastoral programme, whilst others are addressed specifically within certain subject areas and threaded throughout the curriculum (see Values Curriculum Map for details). Our Values Curriculum seeks to address 5 key themes which we feel are crucial to the rounded development of our students:

  • Identity, equality & diversity: Understanding diversity, showing tolerance and preventing bullying;
  • SRE: Sexual safety and relationships;
  • Future aspirations: Promoting decision making, exploring skills and qualities and self-management;
  • Active citizenship: Being a responsible citizen, community values and respecting human rights;
  • Health and well-being.

Curriculum Hours
Number of hours taught per fortnight:

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11

English

7 7 8 8 8
Mathematics 6 6 7 7 8
Science 6 6 8 9 10
Spanish 4 4
Geography 3 4
History 4 3
Life Development 4 3 3 2
Art & Design 2 2
Drama 2 2
Information Technology 2 2
Music 2 2
Physical Education 2 2 2
Games 2 2 2 4 2
Food Technology 1 1
Product Design 2 2
Textiles 1 1
Dance 1
Option A 4 5 5
Option B 4 5 5
Option C 4 5 5
Option D 4 5 5
Enrichment 4
Games double 
(off-site)
2

KS3 Curriculum Overview

KS4 Curriculum Overview 


Curriculum Impact
At Selby High School, our curriculum will:

  • Use assessment effectively to check understanding and inform teaching;
  • Consider the best assessment methods, in different cases, in each subject – not testing for the sake of testing;
  • Review how we know that students are making progress, checking that the curriculum is meeting the needs of all students, and is progressively more challenging;
  • Consider how effectively students are responding to, and acting upon, the feedback they receive and how common misconceptions are addressed;
  • Select the best methods to ensure that learning is embedded in long term memory;
  • Consider how we measure the wider impact of the curriculum;
  • Make sure that the sequence of learning is carefully though-out so that it builds on prior learning and lays the foundations for future learning;
  • Give students the opportunities to learn about the World in which they live, developing an appreciation and a level of respect for the values and beliefs of others;
  • Guide students to make educated choices for their next steps and beyond, gaining qualifications that will allow them to access future employment;
  • Be regularly reviewed, including through student voice.

Subject Information 

Art & Photography


Name : Mrs Nicola Whattam 
Position : Curriculum Area Leader
Email : nwh@selbyhigh.co.uk

 

 

Business Studies

Name : Mr J Smith
Position : Curriculum Area Leader
Email : jsm@selbyhigh.co.uk

 

 

Computer Science

Name : Mr J Smith
Position : Curriculum Area Leader
Email : jsm@selbyhigh.co.uk

 

 

 

Dance

Name : Miss L Holt
Position : Dance Leader
Email : lh@selbyhigh.co.uk

 

 

Drama

Name : Mrs N Sullivan
Position : Curriculum Area Leader
Email : nms@selbyhigh.co.uk

 

 

English

Name : Mr G Bowell
Position : Curriculum Area Leader
Email : gb@selbyhigh.co.uk

 

 

Geography

Name : Mr C MrArdle 
Position : Curriculum Area Leader
Email : cmc@selbyhigh.co.uk

 

 

History

Name : Ms S Burgess 
Position : Curriculum Area Leader
Email : sb@selbyhigh.co.uk

 



IMedia

Name : Mr J Smith
Position : Curriculum Area Leader
Email : jsm@selbyhigh.co.uk

 

 

Life Development

Name : Mrs H Harrison
Position : Director: Values Curriculum
Email : hha@selbyhigh.co.uk

 

 

Mathematics

Name : Mr C Jones 
Position: Faculty & Curriculum Area Leader
Email : cj@selbyhigh.co.uk

 

 

Media Studies

Name : Mr B Patchesa
Position: Curriculum Area Leader
Email : bp@selbyhigh.co.uk

 

Music

Name : Mr H Lanzillotti
Position : Curriculum Area Leader
Email : hl@selbyhigh.co.uk

 

 

Physical Education

Name : Mr D Block
Position:Curriculum Area Leader
Email : dkb@selbyhigh.co.uk

 

  

Religious Education

Name : Mrs H Harrison
Position : Curriculum Area Leader
Email : hha@selbyhigh.co.uk

 

 

Science

Name : Miss R Brigg
Position : Curriculum Area Leader
Email : rb@selbyhigh.co.uk

 

 

Spanish


Name : Mrs K Lee
Position : Curriculum Area Leader
Email :  kl2@selbyhigh.co.uk

 

 

Technology

Name : Mr S Birkenshaw
Position : Curriculum Area Leader 
Email : sjb@selbyhigh.co.uk

 

 

KS4 Qualifications

Please click on Qualification name for full specification.
Qualification Exam Board Exam Coursework Contact in school
English & Media Faculty

GCSE English Language (9 – 1)

8700
AQA 2 papers – 50% each No

Mr Bowell

gb@selbyhigh.co.uk

GCSE English Literature (9 – 1)

8702
AQA

Paper 1 – 40%

Paper 2 – 60%
No

Mr Bowell

gb@selbyhigh.co.uk

Entry Level Certificate: Step up to English

5970
AQA 2 Externally set assessments – 50% each No

Mr Bowell

gb@selbyhigh.co.uk

GCSE Media Studies

(9 – 1)

603/1115/0
Eduqas

Paper 1 – 40%

Paper 2 – 30%
30%

Mr Patchesa

bp@selbyhigh.co.uk
Maths & Computing Faculty

GCSE Maths

(9 – 1)

J560
OCR 3 papers equally weighted No

Mr Jones

cj@selbyhigh.co.uk

Level 2 Certificate in Further Maths

8365
AQA 2 papers – 50% each No

Mr Jones

cj@selbyhigh.co.uk

Entry Level Certificate in Maths

5930
AQA 4 assessments (externally set) - 50% 4 assessments (teacher set) – 50%

Mr Jones

cj@selbyhigh.co.uk

GCSE Computer Science (9-1)

J276
OCR 2 papers – 50% each No

Mr Smith

jsm@selbyhigh.co.uk

Cambridge National in Creative iMedia

J817

OCR 1 paper – 25% 3 units - 75%

Miss Levitt

kle@selbyhigh.co.uk

GCSE Business Studies (9 – 1)

1BS0

Edexcel 2 papers – 50% each No

Mrs White

jwh@selbyhigh.co.uk

 Science Faculty

GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy (9 – 1) 8464

AQA 6 papers equally weighted No

Miss Brigg

rb@selbyhigh.co.uk

GCSE Biology

(9 – 1) 8461

AQA 2 papers equally weighted No

Miss Brigg

rb@selbyhigh.co.uk

GCSE Chemistry

(9 – 1) 8462

AQA 2 papers equally weighted No

Miss Brigg

rb@selbyhigh.co.uk

GCSE Physics

(9 – 1) 8463

AQA 2 papers equally weighted No

Miss Brigg

rb@selbyhigh.co.uk

Entry Level Certificate in Science 5960

AQA 3 assessments (externally set) - 57% 3 assessments (teacher set) – 43%

Miss Brigg

rb@selbyhigh.co.uk

Cambridge National in Child Development J818

OCR 1 paper – 50% 50%

Mrs Bell

scb@selbyhigh.co.uk

 Ebacc Faculty

GCSE Geography

(9 – 1)

8035

AQA

Paper 1 – 35%

Paper 2 – 35%

Paper 3 – 30%
No

Mr McArdle

cmc@selbyhigh.co.uk

GCSE History

(9 – 1) 8145

AQA 2 papers – 50% each No

Miss Burgess

sb@selbyhigh.co.uk

GCSE Spanish

(9-1)

8698

AQA 3 papers – 25% each (reading, writing & listening) 1 speaking exam – 25% No

Mrs Lee

kl2@selbyhigh.co.uk

GCSE RE (9 – 1)

8062

AQA

2 papers – 50% each

No

Mrs Harrison

hha@selbyhigh.co.uk

GCSE Sociology

(9 – 1)

Eduqas 2 papers – 50% each No

Mrs Harrison

hha@selbyhigh.co.uk

 Performance & Creative Arts Faculty

GCSE Drama

(9-1) J316

OCR

2 practical exams – 30% each

1 written exam – 40%
30%

Mrs Sullivan

nms@selbyhigh.co.uk

BTEC Hospitality & Catering

601/7703/2

Eduqas 1 paper – 40% 60%

Mrs Bentley

lb@selbyhigh.co.uk

Cambridge National in Engineering Design

J841

OCR 1 paper – 25% 3 units – 75%

Mr Birkenshaw

sjb@selbyhigh.co.uk

GCSE Music (9-1)

601/8131/X

Eduqas 1 paper – 40% 60%

Mr Lanzillotti

hl@selbyhigh.co.uk

V-cert Music Technology 601/6774/9

NCFE 2 papers: 1 practical & 1 written – 40% 60%

Mr Lanzillotti

hl@selbyhigh.co.uk

GCSE PE

(9 – 1)

J587

OCR 2 papers – 30% each 40%

Mr Block

dkb@selbyhigh.co.uk

Cambridge National in Sports Studies

J813

OCR 1 paper – 25% 3 units – 75%

Mr Block

dkb@selbyhigh.co.uk

Cambridge National in Sports Science

J812

OCR 1 paper – 25% 3 units – 75%

Mr Block

dkb@selbyhigh.co.uk

BTEC Performing Arts

600/6869/3

Edexcel No 100%

Miss Holt

lh@selbyhigh.co.uk

GCSE Art & Design: Fine Art

(9 – 1)

8202

AQA Externally assessment – 40% 60%

Mrs Whattam

nwh@selbyhigh.co.uk

GCSE Art & Design: Photography

8206

AQA Externally assessment – 40% 60%

Mrs Whattam

nwh@selbyhigh.co.uk

GCSE Art & Design: Textiles

(9 – 1)

8204

AQA Externally assessment – 40% 60%

Mrs Wright

vwr@selbyhigh.co.uk