At Uxbridge High School, we are committed to all students accessing our rich and balanced curriculum, irrespective of their starting points or special educational need. Through academic study and wider engagement in an exciting range of extra-curricular, enrichment and extension opportunities, we develop students’ knowledge, understanding, creativity and curiosity.
We believe that all aspects of school life contribute to our curriculum which in turn equips our students to confidently and proudly take their place in our local community, more widely in modern Britain and as future global citizens. Our students receive comprehensive and impartial advice and guidance and consequently, are prepared and confident to choose routes in further and higher education, training and the world of work when they leave us.
Key Stage 3: Years 7, 8 and 9
Our academic Key Stage 3 curriculum follows national curriculum statutory requirements and is enriched with a range of other subjects, all of which are considered to be of equal importance.
We recognise that students’ study during Key Stage 3 provides the building blocks they need to be successful in key stage 4. For this reason, students choose their main subject options at the end of Year 9. This means that all students will continue to study the vital curriculum areas of art, languages, humanities and design technology through to the end of Year 9. In order to prepare students for the options process, pre options will be considered at the end of Year 8. These allow students to focus on a particular area of the curriculum, for instance, in design technology, students may elect to specialise in one area, for example graphics.
Students joining us with lower prior attainment or special educational needs will receive bespoke, additional support through our Flexible Learning Centre, small group intervention and within mainstream classrooms. This may include for example, maths and English catch up, language support, transitional support, or bespoke support for individual specific educational needs.
Key Stage 4: Years 10 and 11
At the start of Year 10, our core academic curriculum consists of:
- Religious Education
- Physical Education
Subject choices are equally offered to all students allowing them the opportunity for specialism as they move towards Key Stage 5. These subjects are drawn from the
following list. Depending on students’ interests, they will study between 8 and 10 subjects:
- Art & Design
- Business Studies
- Computer Science
- Physical Education
- Design Technology
Our options guidance programme ensures that students and their parents, are fully aware of the availability and value of certain choices, for example in selecting subjects that contribute to the academic EBacc, vocational subjects and in choosing our highly valued creative subjects, such as art, music, drama and design technology.
During Key Stage 3 and 4 students are offered a wide range of careers education and independent advice and guidance to assist them in seeking and securing appropriate pathways Post 16. We aim to accommodate the vast majority of Year 11 students within our Sixth Form, but appreciate that for some, opportunities at colleges or in training, present a more appropriate route.
Post 16: Years 12 and 13
Our Post 16 programmes of study, include a wide range of academic A-levels and a suite of vocational qualifications at both levels 2 and 3. Students are able to mix and match academic and vocational qualifications to suit their strengths and aspirations for university and college education, training or employment when they leave us.
Our Wider Curriculum
Throughout their life at UHS, students are offered a wide range of extra-curricular, enrichment and personal development opportunities. These are delivered through subjects, our rich citizenship programme, assemblies, tutor time and the day-to-day life of school. They include a wide range of extra-curricular clubs and activities, trips and visits, special events and opportunities offered through our rich spiritual, moral social and cultural curriculum. As a London school, we embrace the opportunities presented by this vibrant and cultural city. We particularly promote wider participation in sport, artistic and performance opportunities, and cultural events and reflection. This offer is carefully planned to ensure introduction at the appropriate time as students move through the main school and into our Sixth Form.
The whole curriculum contributes to our students’ wider skills, knowledge and personal qualities. These include for example, working effectively in teams, study skills, developing students’ literacy skills and their love of reading, critical thinking and practical skills. Our students become socially aware, support and respect each other’s
differences and harmoniously embrace our PROUD values. Equally, students develop a strong awareness of how they can stay safe both within school and in the wider community. Our students enjoy the challenge of assuming leadership opportunities such as representing the student body through school council membership or captaincy of the school, houses and sports teams. We are proud of our students’ achievements both in school and in the wider community.
You may be interested to learn more about aspects of our curriculum by following the links below.