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Curriculum Statement


Holte School is dedicated to creating a community that is characterised by strong and positive relationships. We aim to provide an outstanding education, with a curriculum that is broad, balanced, inspiring and inclusive for all pupils; giving them an incisive advantage throughout their lives, both in the workplace and in the wider community.

Our core values of ‘Collaboration, Aspiration, Respect, Equality and Responsibility’ enable pupils to be ‘dedicated to learning as the foundation for life’. These values are reflected in all elements of our curriculum and embedded in the rationale for curriculum choices offered at all Key Stages.

Pupils are prepared for adult life by:

  • being enabled to play an active role in their school and community;
  • having the foundations for culturally rich and diverse lives;
  • modelling, developing and sustaining a range of enriching relationships;
  • being empowered to think about issues and understand a range of varied opinions.


At Holte School, pupils learn in a safe, supportive environment where they develop the confidence, self-esteem and teamwork skills to be effective learners and become active, purposeful and responsible citizens of the future. Pupils are equipped for their futures in a rapidly-changing world, recognising the importance of communication for dialogue and understanding. We value, celebrate and build on pupils’ religious and cultural heritage and encourage mutual respect for those with different faiths and beliefs.

All pupils are given the opportunity to learn the benefits of physically and emotionally healthy lifestyles, by participating in high quality Personal, Social and Health Education, including sex and relationships education, through a discrete PSHE programme. These discrete sessions are supported and complemented by a wealth of enrichment activities and the school's comprehensive system of pastoral support. PSHE is one way in which we support the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development of pupils and promote fundamental British values.

We follow the school’s Safeguarding Policy in full at all times (please see ‘Safeguarding Policy’).

Knowledge and Skills

The curriculum promotes learning through enquiry-led approaches that develop the skills, knowledge and understanding required to succeed in both academic requirements and life in a modern, globalised world.

At Holte School, we consider literacy and numeracy to be life skills. Literacy is a proficiency that is developed not just in English, but across the whole curriculum. It involves learners having the confidence to read, write, speak and listen competently and clearly. As pupils progress through school and engage with subject areas more deeply, concepts become more challenging. Pupils learn writing and reading strategies- using evidence and reasoning pertinent to each subject area- to comprehend, represent, and further develop knowledge.

Similarly, numeracy is developed not just in mathematics, but also across the whole curriculum. It involves learners having the confidence and competence to use numbers and measures effectively. It requires an understanding of the number system, recalling mathematical techniques, and an ability to solve problems in a variety of contexts. A practical understanding of graphs, charts, tables and diagrams is an important aspect of numeracy.


Various assessment methods are used at Holte School to identify an individual pupil’s strengths and areas for development; to assist in identifying the need for intervention; and to help track progress over time. In addition, assessment helps provide information for parents, pupils and teachers on the standards that a pupil has met. Assessment is part of an over-arching strategy which systematically collects data to record pupil progress. All departments have an assessment scheme tailored to the requirements of their subject, which reflects and supports whole school assessment expectations.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

At Key Stage 3, all students follow the National Curriculum by studying English, Mathematics, Science, Art, Geography, History, ICT, Languages (French and Spanish), Performing Arts (Music and Drama), Physical Education, Religious Education and Technology. The Key Stage 3 curriculum develops a strong foundation for these subject areas, strengthening skills and building knowledge required for further study, whilst striving to develop a passion and enthusiasm for learning.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Key Stage 4 is introduced in Year 9. Our Pathways process is based on the interests, abilities and aptitude of pupils and they are supported at an individual level to help them choose the subjects that are right for them. We offer a range of GCSE and Vocational qualifications. All pupils study English, mathematics, science and religious education. In addition, all pupils take part in timetabled physical education.

Key Stage 5 Curriculum

Pupils are offered a varied diet of academic A Levels and Vocational qualifications that cater for Level 3 needs, challenging and spurring pupils to compete for places at Russell Group Universities and for Apprenticeships. Courses are available in a wide range of subjects and guidance is given in helping pupils to choose the subjects that are right for them and their future plans.

More information about the subject content delivered at all Key Stages and a full list of Key Stage 4 and 5 courses, can be found in the Curriculum section of the school’s website.

Careers Education

Pupils access impartial careers information and advice that inspires and motivates them to fulfil their potential. In addition, the PSHE and Citizenship programmes offer a valuable insight into the wide ranging options available to pupils after school, allowing them to develop personalised career goals. In July 2015, Holte was awarded the CEIAG (Prospects) Quality Award.

Sustainability across the Curriculum

‘Sustainable development’ means that as a society we have to live within the means of our natural resources, respect our environment, act on climate change, and work collectively towards an improved quality of life for our communities. At Holte School we consider sustainability to be important on three fronts;

  1. Caring for people, places and the environment.
  2. Educating pupils to understand the impact they can have on the world around us.
  3. Working with the community to ensure a better future for all.

Sustainability is addressed both through the curriculum and via a wide range of non-curriculum tasks. Many subjects have elements of sustainability within their schemes of work and alongside that pupils take part in assemblies, SEAL activities, themed weeks and recycling schemes. This approach to sustainability has led to us being awarded Birmingham Sustainable School Status, the Eco-Schools Silver Award, the Costa Green Awareness Award and the RHS Level 2 Gardening Award.

Curriculum Enrichment

The curriculum is enhanced and enriched in a variety of ways, offering support and challenge via a range of subject-linked opportunities and extra-curricular activities. Many educational visits take place throughout the year and visitors bring expert knowledge through projects, workshops and performances. There are a number of clubs and groups that pupils can choose to engage with in order to gain additional experiences and opportunities in wider curriculum areas.

Holte is a partner school with (or actively and fully engages with):

  • The Brilliant Club – promoting higher education at Red Brick Universities for the most able
  • Envision – a programme that helps pupils to design their own local community projects, in order to tackle issues within the local community
  • The BrigHouse- a centre for off-site projects and residential experiences
  • Nuffield Research Bursary projects
  • The Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme
  • The National Citizenship Service
  • Unifest - a residential summer school for Year 10 at a West Midlands University
  • Master classes across KS 3 -5 in a range of subjects linked with BCU & Aston University
  • History Quest at University of Birmingham
  • The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT), Wales
  • Expert coaching in table tennis & badminton and links with Aston Villa
  • Instrumental lessons via Birmingham Music Services
  • Modern Foreign Language competitions at local Universities
  • Jamie’s Farm
  • The Access Project Charity
  • Whole school productions
  • Peer Mentoring Training
  • Orielton Field studies KS 5 Biology residential
  • Royal Society of Biology competitions
  • UK Maths Challenge, Leeds University
  • Crest Awards
  • Arkwright Engineering Scholarships
  • Sports Leaders UK
  • Poetry Competition with Birmingham University
  • Games, Concept & Designer award, BAFTA
  • Accelerated reader/ renaissance learning
  • Lexonik/ Sound Training

For further details on any curriculum issues, please contact the Deputy Headteacher- Curriculum.

We take every opportunity to ensure that our school’s Safeguarding Policy is adhered to in full at all times.

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