Our curriculum ensures that students have the skills, knowledge, and aptitudes they need to be successful learners in a rapidly changing world. Securing results consistently above the national average, we aim for excellence by creating a curriculum that motivates students and provides them with a broad, balanced range of subjects designed to keep their options open when it comes to future study. If our students are to become responsible and effective participators in the global workplace of the future, they will need high-quality thinking and interpersonal skills. They will need to be creative, resilient and unafraid of failure and struggle, as these are integral features of learning and progress. In lessons at The Earls, students don’t just reflect on what they have learnt but on how they have learnt it so that they can transfer their skills into new contexts.
Being creative is essential to our well-being and the future prosperity of our society. We all need to create or participate in something beautiful, to experience the pleasure of using our imaginations. Many industries are now specifying the desire for creative thinkers over and above technical knowledge and skill. We have retained our specialist Performing Arts curriculum because we know what a difference it makes to young people’s understanding of the world around them and their understanding of themselves. It is also integral to deepening their appreciation of the power of practice and the impact it has on achieving polished performances.
Our curriculum is also underpinned by our British values. We work hard, we play hard and we are kind to each other. We show respect, tolerance, and understanding of our peers, and build an appreciation of the fact that we live in a democracy where everyone has rights. All students have weekly Personal, Social, Health and Emotional Education and have regular review and guidance sessions with their form tutor so that they have the skills to tackle any barriers that arise. Careers education ensures that students can be ambitious for their futures and knowledgeable about what choices are available to them.
In Years 7 to 9, our students take a full complement of national curriculum subjects and all participate in memorable experiences from singing in a Eurovision Song Contest to exploring the geographical features of Dovedale in the Peak District. Thinking creatively and performing confidently are essential skills for wellbeing and our students take part enthusiastically in Art, Drama, Dance, and Music.
In Years 10 and 11 we offer a wide variety of options subjects which incorporate traditional academic subjects as well as modern vocational ones. These allow students to develop a personalised curriculum around their core subjects of English, Maths, Science, a humanity and/or a language.
Further information can be found by following the links below:
- Range of subjects and number of lessons taught each week, by key stage
- Breakdown of subject content (curriculum maps)
Students at The Earls experience a rich combination of both the traditional and modern in their everyday lives with us. From the stained glass windows of our newly refurbished library to using laser cutters in DT, we offer our students a stimulating learning climate.
We are fortunate that we have been able to invest significantly in our environment and facilities over recent years mixing the space and light of buildings built in the early 1900s with the improvements of the modern technological age. For instance:
In Performing Arts: a purpose-designed Music block was built in 2015 with a variety of practice rooms to house our extensive range of clubs and instrumental lessons; two dance studios; two drama studios and a traditional school hall with stage and tiered seating.
For PE: fully refurbished tennis and netball courts, an Astroturf, two gyms, a room, as well as a fully-equipped fitness room; cricket pitch with pavilion and a multitude of fields on the land that surrounds the school.
For ICT: All subject areas have access to iPads and we have four computer rooms. Laser cutters and 3D printers are available in Design Technology.
For further information regarding the curriculum, please contact Mrs. Naomi Sevier, Assistant Headteacher.