Years 7 and 8

All students follow a broad and balanced curriculum which stretches and challenges but also provides the scaffolding to ensure that students reach their potential. As students’ progress through the Key Stage there is increasing opportunity for them to craft and personalise their curriculum, underpinned by high quality provision in the core subjects: English, Mathematics and Science. Throughout Year 7 and 8 students also study; Modern Foreign Languages, Computing, Humanities (History, Geography, RE), a range of Technology subjects, Art, Drama, Dance, Music and PE giving them a varied and stimulating daily diet of lessons and experiences.

Year 9 

In Year 9 students will continue the key stage 3 curriculum and will have an opportunity explore one Arts subject in more depth.  Students will choose their ‘Arts Elective’ in Art, Dance, Drama, Music, or Music Technology and will receive two hours a week in that option.  This gives students an opportunity to gain a deeper, conceptual understanding of that subject and build powerful knowledge and skills that are transferrable to other subject areas.

Year 10 and 11

All students follow the core curriculum and can specialise in an unrivalled range of GCSE and technical subjects. We offer a wide range of courses allowing students to follow the route most appropriate to their needs, interests or future career path. Our curriculum is rigorous and challenging; creative and inspiring; diverse and wide ranging; perfect for the vibrant and eclectic range of students we teach. This is reflected in the sharp and continuing rise in our examination results and other indicators over the last few years. We pride ourselves on meeting the needs of our students and motivating them to achieve through our rich and engaging curriculum.

Details of the curriculum offer can be accessed on the Year group curriculum pages.

If you require further information, please contact Mr Dawson, Deputy Headteacher -

You can read our Curriculum Policy here


‘The highest function of education is to bring about an integrated individual who is capable of dealing with life as a whole.’

- J.Krishnamurti (philosopher, writer and speaker)


Academic Curriculum Intent

At Chorlton High School we are committed to providing high quality educational opportunities for our community. Our vision is based on the belief that a rich and knowledge led curriculum is a vital component of life. We nurture academic success alongside creativity and imagination throughout the school curriculum to help learners to secure the knowledge, skills and personal qualities they will need for future success.


Chorlton High School is built on and driven by core values and we are committed to enabling all of our learners to become:


Learners who gain deep and powerful knowledge in preparation for life; combining academic rigour, curiosity and creative flair.
Learners will:

  • Achieve academic standards of excellence enabling them to excel against any competition nationally.
  • Experience a rich, exciting curriculum that leaves them able to make powerful choices about their future ambitions.


Learners who are imaginative, optimistic and inventive; finding their voice to become effective communicators prepared for lifelong adaptability.
Learners will:

  • Experience creative teaching that makes learning engaging and allows them to think independently and be confident citizens.
  • Be expected to embrace a diverse and cutting edge range of creative opportunities both inside and outside the classroom.


Learners who are confident, resilient, well-rounded citizens; they understand the world’s communities and are ready to discover their place in it.

Learners will:

  • Be proud of their achievements and for the progress they make, and have these achievements celebrated and recorded.
  • Develop positive, secure relationships so that they flourish and have a powerful sense of their own potential.


We enable our learners to develop as successful, creative and happy young people we will provide a curriculum which:

  • Is broad and balanced; that promotes character and the personal, social, physical, spiritual, moral, and cultural development of our students and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.
  • Ensure that students develop the essential skills in reading, writing, oracy and numeracy
  • Gives students a full and rounded entitlement to learning;
  • Fosters students’ creativity and develops essential skills, including independent learning skills
  • Promotes a healthy lifestyle
  • Inspires students to a commitment to learning which will last a lifetime
  • Promotes high standards in all learning and teaching
  • Promotes community cohesion and the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.









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