School Curriculum

The Holt School Curriculum

Our vision for our students is that they leave us as self-confident individuals, who know how to build and sustain strong relationships, have high aspirations for themselves and achieve their very best. We want them to be prepared for responsible adulthood taking with them principled values that will impact positively on their lives and those of others. We do this through our broad and balanced curriculum.

The Holt School curriculum is designed to cover a broad range of subjects as well as develop independent learning, team working, effective participation, self-management, creative thinking and reflective learning.   The curriculum is broad and balanced to enable every student to develop their academic strengths and personal talents. 

We aim to provide a curriculum which: 

  • fulfils all National Curriculum requirements
  • uses a variety of learning and teaching strategies which develop independent learning
  • has an imaginative approach within a stimulating learning environment
  • is designed to meet the needs of each individual student
  • promotes cross curricular skills and knowledge

As a fully comprehensive school, our curriculum caters for students of all abilities. In addition we offer an extensive range of extra and super curricular opportunities across all subjects.  As a school with a truly global outlook we pride ourselves on our various global and “drop down” days as well as welcoming in numerous visitors from overseas to join us in the classroom.

The School operates a 50 period fortnight with 5 one hour lessons each day. 

In Year 7 students are taught in mixed ability groups except in mathematics where they are taught in ability groups.

In Year 8, in addition to maths, students are taught in ability groups in physical education, MFL, English and science. 

In Year 9, all subjects, except food and technology (design technology and textiles) are taught in ability groups. 

During Key Stage 4 students work towards national qualifications, usually GCSE subjects, but we also offer BTEC Health and Social Care and Cambridge National in Child Development.

All students study English literature and language, maths, science, philosophy of religion and a modern foreign language in addition to three option subjects, PE and PSHE.

Our sixth form is co-educational and students can choose from a wide variety of subjects.