Our Curriculum

Our curriculum promotes aspiration, inclusion and excellence. We are in the enviable position of having brand new, specialist facilities for all curriculum areas. Teaching responds to the latest research so that your child is immersed in innovative practice underpinned by traditional values and expectations.­­­­­­

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)

Students will study the full range of National Curriculum subjects. This builds a strong foundation for their transfer to the English Baccalaureate suite of qualifications. This is complemented by access to an enriched provision for the performing arts and citizenship education.

At Key Stage 3, all pupils will study a broad and balanced curriculum consisting of:

English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, French or Spanish, Religious Studies, Computing (inc. Broadcast), Physical Education, Visual Arts (Art/Photography/Graphics), Performing Arts (Acting/Dance/Music), and PHRSE (inc. Citizenship).


Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11) and the Sixth Form (Years 12 and 13)

A rich choice will offered, which includes the core academic (English Baccalaureate) qualifications you would expect, but also a range of applied, employer-focused qualifications, including digital broadcast and new media, for those students who wish to take a route that links to our site’s heritage as an international communications hub. The National Curriculum underpins all subject study.

Specialist facilities

Established schools are often fortunate to be awarded additional funding for improved facilities in a particular area, for example, that may lead to a school specialising in STEM, Performing Arts or Sports. At Houlton School, we’re in the enviable position of having had our facilities supported by the Houlton developers, Urban & Civic, so we will have brand new, state-of-the-art facilities to support all curriculum areas; our facilities include:

Within our architect-designed, outstanding Grade II listed buildings:

– Performing Arts pupils enjoy fully equipped Acting and Dance Studios, as well as a suite of rooms for our musicians

– Numerous visual arts and photography studios, including kiln and darkroom

– A dedicated Sixth Form Centre and Learning Resource Centre

– An impressive, building-height assembly and performance auditorium

– Our Refectory, which retains many of the Power Hall’s original decorative tiles, will be serving a wide range of enticing food and drinks

– Our very own professional radio technology, honouring our site’s heritage and providing opportunities to study qualifications in broadcast

Purpose-built, state-of-the-art accommodation:

– A large, Sports England compliant Sports Centre, 20 acre site and all-weather outdoor facilities

– Purpose-built Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) building: laboratories, workshops, food and nutrition hub, graphics-studio and more

– a suite of the computer laboratories across the site with brand new computers

– Humanities building housing subjects such as English, History, geography, modern languages and the social sciences

The school day will begin at 8.45am each day, and finish at 3.20pm. There will be five, one hour lessons per day, arranged over a two-week timetable rotation.