Curriculum Statement

Curriculum Statement; Our Philosophy


The curriculum at Crosby High School has been developed to provide a broad and balanced learning experience for all our pupils. Staff at Crosby High see the curriculum as key to their work and the vehicle which enables progress for all our children in both their academic and social skills at whatever their level of functioning. Our curriculum follows the requirements of the National Curriculum however staff strive to adapt and differentiate and so provide personalisation and a bespoke curriculum to meet the needs of each individual. The Crosby High curriculum provides our pupils with stimulating learning experiences which support them in acquiring skills and knowledge as well as developing in confidence and maturity. We aim to make learning a positive and enjoyable experience and are confident our curriculum ensures pupils are well prepared for their next steps in their education.


Crosby High has the following motto;


We feel this motto gives a very clear indication what we aim to deliver in terms of our curriculum offer for all children who attend here.

Our vision statement describes our overall aim which is that;

Crosby High School will provide a stimulating, engaging and personalised curriculum for all pupils. All staff will strive to promote enjoyment of and commitment to learning in order to ensure progress and enable all pupils to achieve their highest attainment possible. Our vision culminates in all pupils leaving our school as independent young adults, well prepared for their next stage of learning and life.


A Curriculum for all; Class based provision or a secondary model?

At Crosby High we ensure the curriculum is right for all learners. For the majority of pupils we offer a secondary model curriculum whereby classes move around the building to each lesson where they are taught by a highly experienced subject specialist and for some subjects in a specialist room (food technology, design technology, science lab, two IT suites and PE sports hall.) We ensure the curriculum follows statutory requirements and that pupils receive their entitlement to KS3 (Y7,8, 9) and KS4 (Y10,11) programmes of study however the content is delivered at the right level  for the class. Pupils in the secondary system are streamed according to their literacy levels however maths lesson are blocked so pupils may be setted and placed in the right class for them in order to provide stretch and challenge as they may be more able in maths than in literacy. If a subject is setted movement up or down is possible and this is more supportive for individuals’ progress.

The priority in KS3 is to offer a skills based curriculum which enables maximum pupil progress and development of knowledge, skills and understanding in a wide range of subjects but to also to prepare pupils for the rigours of examination based subjects in Key Stage 4.

The curriculum priorities at Key Stage 4 are to provide learning pathways suitable to the interests, abilities and future aspirations of our pupils. Pupils are expected to reach their challenging targets and their academic potential regardless of the route they follow. Through the KS4 curriculum we aim to equip every student with the skills and qualifications necessary for their future challenges, to enable all pupils to achieve at the highest level possible for them and to reach their target level in all their accredited subjects. The Key Stage 4 curriculum meets statutory requirements and is designed to be broad and balanced but flexible enough to meet the changing needs of students and respond to local and National initiatives. Our offer is a carefully selected blend of academic and vocational courses which are available to all students. Only courses with a clear progression route to Post 16 are considered.

For pupils with more complex needs, more severe learning difficulties or very low levels of cognitive function (below NC Y1) we offer class based provision. This curriculum offer enables the curriculum to be very specifically planned for each individual. In the class base there is always a teacher and two teaching assistants; the continuity provided by one teacher and a consistent team of teaching assistants offers these pupils the optimum conditions for learning enabling them to make the best progress possible for them. Learning is able to be planned in a thematic way and therefore over-learning of key concepts is on going through this curriculum offer.

In KS3 pupils have the same teacher for all lessons except for Music which is delivered by a subject specialist. They do however have experiences at times with other subject specialists particularly Food technology and PE.

In KS4 currently class based provision is for all subjects however for academic year 18/19 this will reduce to options, PSHE, Citizenship, Careers and RE and pupils will be taught in the core subjects (English, maths, science, IT and computing) and PE by subject specialists .


The wider curriculum

At Crosby High we believe in learning from experience and consequently we ensure pupils are able to visit many different settings and meet many different people. We take every opportunity for pupils to access learning which enables them to develop all their skills, not just academically but socially and emotionally too (see gallery and newsletters  for examples, wider curriculum )

Here are some examples of experiences we offer through our curriculum to enrich the lives of all our students

  • Teachers regularly enrich their subject offer by incorporating trips and visits (for example a visit to a church in RE, to the World Museum for History, taking part in inter schools sporting events, a visit to the Halle Orchestra do in music)

  • Teachers regularly enrich their subject offer by inviting visitors in to school ( for example the police, fire officers, judo instructor, peripatetic music tuition)

  • We have introduced to the curriculum BLP (Building Learning Power) In BLP pupils are encouraged to learn in a different way and the focus is on developing key life skills (soft skills) such as self confidence, resilience and independence.

  • As a school we regularly enrich the curriculum through theme days (anti bullying, safer internet) supporting national annual events (science week, world book day, show racism the red card) or theme weeks (health week.)

  • We provide three residential experiences for all pupils during the five years they attend Crosby High (Y7,9 and 11)

  • The Crosby High curriculum provides an extensive programme of events that support the social, moral, spiritual and cultural development (SMSC; see SMSC link for further detail) of pupils and we adhere to national requirements to teach pupils all about British values (see British values link for further detail)

  • There is a programme of lunch time clubs and we offer as many after school clubs as we are able.

We are so committed to enriching the curriculum for all our pupils that we make a pledge to all pupils and families that over the course of the five years pupils attend with us they will have the following experiences and opportunities (click on the link to see our curriculum pledge “Eight to Feel Great.”)


Find us


Crosby High School

De Villiers Avenue



L23 2TH


Tel: 0151 924 3671 Fax: 0151 931 5083

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