Creativity in the Curriculum

Encouraging excellence

Chorlton High School provides students with a modern, stimulating learning environment. All subject areas have suites of rooms and outstanding specialist resources. Amongst these are a suite of purpose built Technology workshops, well-equipped Science laboratories and Modern Foreign Language rooms. Our Sports facilities are also impressive, boasting a full-size, floodlit, all-weather pitch, large sports hall and additional gymnasium. Students also have the opportunity to read and study in The Bodey Library, staffed by enthusiastic and skilled Librarians. Our full range of ICT facilities provide a wide variety of multi-media resources and digital applications to our students, to ensure that they can access all they need to be confident, creative and productive in the essential skills needed in our rapidly evolving digital age. Our Virtual Learning Environment, ‘FROG’ has transformed digital learning and allows students to access resources, support and extension materials from outside school.

Our facilities in the Arts are exemplary. We have specialist Drama studios; Music and Media rooms fitted with suites of iMacs complete with a range of software; two fully equipped Dance studios; our ‘Maurice Gibb Recording Studio’ alongside additional, individual practice rooms. Finally, we are proud to be the home of the ‘Blue Box Theatre’ – a fantastic, professional performance space that is not only valuable as a daily learning environment but also the perfect professional venue to showcase the phenomenal talent of our students.

Extended Learning Experiences

Our aim is to nurture and develop each student. We therefore allow them to take part in a range of Extended Learning Experiences (‘ELE Days’). These not only help them to develop their learning and foster creativity, but also widen their experiences and open up new horizons and opportunities to discover talents, passions and hobbies that they may never have considered before.

Extra-curricular activities: clubs, trips & visits

Extra-curricular activities are an important and exciting feature of school life and contribute enormously to our students’ social and academic development. There is an extensive menu of extra-curricular activities on offer including exceptional Arts and sporting provision with opportunities to take part in workshops, field trips and research. We also offer students the chance to experience different cultures and experiences through our range of national and international trips and visits, to educational venues linked to curricular areas. Theatre trips, visits to exhibitions and museums plus excursions to local colleges and universities also occur regularly and provide further opportunities for students to enrich and extend their learning beyond the classroom. We have a broad range of experiences on offer from: the Manchester Book Award Reading group to Eco Club; the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award to the big band music group; students readily enjoy these experiences and relish the unique opportunities that they are given to extend and expand their learning.

Our school’s sporting and Arts provision is impressive, successful and popular. Extra-curricular groups also benefit from working with professional coaches and artists. We also field a large number of teams in a range of sports and students participate regularly in competitions and tournaments, competing at city wide and regional levels. The Arts are a thriving hotbed of activity with students being able to access and experience a broad and eclectic range of art forms at the highest level. Students regularly perform or exhibit their work in professional venues such as the Lowry and Contact Theatres and the Bridgewater Hall, allowing them to showcase and celebrate their talent. We are also developing our links with the BBC’s Media City and students have had opportunities to work with media professionals and experience state-of-the-art media production facilities.

Global & International Dimensions

Our school has developed an international dimension across the whole curriculum to allow students to appreciate and understand a range of global issues. We are linking with schools across the world including in Africa and China and an increasing number of students have the opportunity to be involved with international activities and to link directly with other young people through digital media and student visits. We are proud to hold the ‘International Schools’ Award’ and are fully committed to developing cross-cultural understanding, celebrating diversity and nurturing successful global citizens for the future.