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High Well School

Preparing for Positive Futures
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Curriculum Intent Statement

At High Well we provide a curriculum that has been carefully designed to fulfil our school ethos of Preparing for Positive Futures.  The curriculum has been developed to ensure our pupils progress academically, socially and emotionally and leave us equipped with the tools needed to succeed in life.  We have high aspirations for our pupils’ academic progress, setting targets using KS2 results and/or baseline assessment data on entry.  All pupils at High Well have an EHCP for profound/severe Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs.  In order for pupils to make strong academic progress and be successful in life after school, we must ensure that pupils’ SEMH needs are met, with pupils being provided with opportunities throughout the curriculum to make progress in their social and emotional development.  Within Key Stage 3, the curriculum has been constructed to ensure that social and emotional development is prioritised and pupils acquire the appropriate behaviours for learning and knowledge to access the curriculum as they progress through school. 

Our curriculum policy is available at the bottom of the page. This details the intent, implementation, impact and assessment of our academic and social & emotional curriculum.  This page provides a summary of what is available to pupils at High Well.


To fulfil the school ethos of Preparing for Positive Futures, the first step is to ensure all our pupils possess the fundamental skills to be able to learn in a classroom environment.  Throughout Key Stage 3 there is a focus on providing regular opportunities to develop socially and emotionally and embed behaviours for learning.  This focus is maintained throughout Key Stage 3 and addressed through curriculum lessons, bespoke SEMH interventions and extra-curricular opportunities.   As part of the Key Stage 3 curriculum, another focus is to address any gaps in academic learning, develop reading (including early reading) and remove any barriers to accessing the National Curriculum.

Our pupils follow the National Curriculum in Maths, English, Humanities, Science, PE,  Food Technology and Computing.   Maths and English are delivered a minimum of 4 times a week to ensure our pupils are secure in essential numeracy and literacy skills.  Each class in KS3 has a class teacher and a support team who deliver the majority of lessons.  For more specialised subjects such as Science, PE and Food Technology, specialist staff are used alongside the class team. 


Key Stage 3 Maths

Maths Overview

The school follows the White Rose Maths scheme.  Please find below an overview of when topics will be covered.  More detailed plans are available providing further information on what aspect of the topic each year group will be covering within each half term.

Maths Learning Resources

Maths homework is available at

Times Table practice is available at

Every pupil has an account to these sites. If you require any support in accessing this, please contact your child’s class teacher or our curriculum lead and Assistant Headteacher, Mr Adrian Coates on 01924 572100.

Key Stage 3 English

Poems for study:

KS3A: A Week of Weather (Wes Magee), Noise Jessie Pope, The Fog (FR McCreary), What is…the sun? (Wes Magee), Nature (H. D. Carberry), The Sea (James Reeves), Snow (Walter De La Mare)

KS3B: Flanders Fields (John McRae), A Wife in London (Thomas Hardy), The Manhunt (Simon Armitage), Dulce et Decorum Est (Wilfred Owen)

9A/B: Blessing (Imtiaz Dharker), Island Man (Grace Nichols), Two Scavengers… (Lawrence Ferlinghetti), Night of the Scorpion (Nissim Ezekiel)

*Denotes a pre 1900 text

 Key Stage 3 Science

Key Stage 3 Humanities






Having prioritised social and emotional development, behaviours for leaning and addressing gaps in knowledge in Key Stage 3 we can then focus on ensuring our pupils leave with the knowledge, life skills, career guidance and qualifications to match their potential.  Social and Emotional development remains an integral part of the Key Stage 4 curriculum but having a secure foundation from Key Stage 3 allows our pupils the opportunity to focus on: meeting their potential, achieving the best outcomes possible and being equipped with the resilience, self-regulation and independence to successfully transition to post-16 education, training and employment.   

 Pupils leave High Well with a range of qualifications including GCSE, Functional Skills, ASDAN and Step Up and Entry Level Certificates.  Accreditation will be across a range of subjects including Maths, English, Science, Humanities, PE, ICT, CoPE, Employability and Food Technology. Maths and English are delivered a minimum of 4 times per week at KS4 to ensure that all pupils leave with functional levels of literacy and numeracy.   In KS4 support staff remain consistent within each class however in preparation for post 16 provision teaching staff vary and are linked to specific subject areas. 

Courses available at KS4:

  • GCSE English, Mathematics & Science
  • Functional Skills English, Mathematics & ICT at levels 1&2
  • Step Up Award English, Mathematics & Science Bronze, Silver & Gold
  • BTEC Home Cooking Skills L1 & 2
  • ASDAN short courses: Employability and Independent Living 
  • Young Sports Leader Award


Key Stage 4 Maths

Maths Learning Resources

Maths homework is available at

Times Table practice is available at

Every pupil has an account to these sites. If you require any support in accessing this, please contact your child’s class teacher or our curriculum lead and Assistant Headteacher, Mr Adrian Coates on 01924 572100.


Key Stage 4 English 

Key Stage 4 Science

Key Stage 4 Humanities




In order to be successful in life, all pupils need to leave school with the appropriate social and emotional skills to:

  • access and remain in further education, employment or training,
  • keep themselves safe
  • be able to contribute to society. 

It is important at High Well that we equip our pupils with not only the necessary qualifications but also support our pupils to:

  • manage and regulate their own feelings and emotions 
  • develop their resilience
  • be able to face new situations and challenges with confidence, not giving up at the first hurdle.

In order to ensure our whole school community is fully immersed in our school ethos we dedicate two lessons a week specifically to Preparing for Positive Futures.  These lessons cover a variety of areas with the overall aim being to develop social skills and emotional resilience whilst providing pupils with the knowledge to make safe and informed choices about life in modern Britain.  They are delivered by the staff in school alongside other professionals from a range of specialist organisations including, Connexions (careers advice), Change Go Live (substance misuse education) and Spectrum (Relationships and sexual education).

Topics include:

  • PSHE national curriculum, including statutory Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)
  • Careers advice
  • SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural development)
  • PREVENT strategy (extremism in our society)
  • Religious festivals celebrated throughout the world

Curriculum Overview


Pupils have access to a range of alternative provisions including Reverse the Cycle and Construction.  

Reverse the Cycle is a project which involves bicycle maintenance.  Not only does it support our pupils to develop new skills which they may utilise outside of school, but also exposes them to learning in an employment style environment with other adults and pupils from different schools and communities. 

Our onsite construction tutor also delivers lessons to individuals and small groups on a variety of practical skills including: carpentry, plastering and tiling.  This is another opportunity for pupils to operate in an employment style environment and interact with adults in the community. 

There may be opportunities within Year 11 for work placements to be undertaken to give pupils a taste of life as an employee.  Placements are chosen on the basis of individual needs and interests and are linked to an area where a pupil may want to progress to Post 16.  

We work closely with the Partnership Manager at Wakefield College to ensure that the transition to Post 16 is as smooth as possible.   Representatives from Wakefield College attend the EHCP review meetings for all Year 11 pupils to support with choosing an appropriate course and ensuring they understand are able to meet individual pupil needs.  Pupils also get the opportunity to visit college during Year 11 to help them become accustomed to college life and subsequently be successful in their further education.   If a pupil is demonstrating readiness for college in Year 10 then it is possible to partake in an early college transfer (ECT) in Year 11 where they spend 3 days per week in college and 2 days per week in school. 

 Further information about the curriculum at High Well School

For further information on the curriculum, please contact: Mr Adrian Coates, Assistant Headteacher. T. 01924 572100 or email: