Curriculum

The curriculum is innovative and personalised, built around students’ individual needs and based on their ability, capacity and potential. We are responsive to the national agenda thus ensuring that our students can compete robustly with all students nationally.

The Holland Park School's curriculum makes available to all students an ambitious, academically demanding, fulfilling programme of learning that is adapted to individual needs. We aim to deliver a curriculum that is broad, balanced and tailored in such a way as to secure opportunities for every student to excel. We aim for all students to value learning for its own sake; successful students are intellectually curious, inquisitive and are passionate about developing their knowledge and enhancing their skills and capacity. We aim to encourage this through exciting, dynamic lessons and by creating opportunities for discussion and independent thought. We consider the curriculum as the school’s most powerful tool for transformation, and we wish to offer students exposure to the best of that which has been thought, said and created. Seeking to develop students personally, we place value on extra-curricular experiences, for opportunities to perform musically and dramatically and for engagement in physical activity to support their health in mind and body. We promote academic rigour by placing the EBacc at the heart of our curriculum for all students and provide support to ensure that this is accessible to all. The National Curriculum forms the basis of our KS3 map of learning and is adapted creatively to suit the needs of our student body. At KS4, we structure our curriculum to enable students to immerse themselves in the deep study of subjects and to carry out public examinations over three years to support the mental wellbeing of students. A wide range of optional subjects are made available to students at KS4 with almost all courses leading to GCSE qualifications, with differentiated options for learners at all attainment levels. In the Sixth Form, all courses are A Level qualifications.

At Key Stage 3 students in Years 7 and 8 study broadly but with an emphasis on English, mathematics, science, languages, history and geography. Languages include Latin and it is studied by our ninety most able students. The performing and creative arts are not forgotten and subjects such as music thrive. Each year 24 students enter the school through art aptitude and such students contribute strongly to the high profile of art in school.

Our Key Stage 4 curriculum (Years 9, 10 and 11) is diverse and personalised. Most students will, over three years, build up their English Baccalaureate, taking examinations when school considers them to be ready. In this manner students establish their portfolio. For some students there are some vocational options available. Students have access to the following subjects:

KS3 – Years 7&8

English
Mathematics 
Science 
History 
Geography 
French or Spanish

Latin (for some students)
Art
Music
Physical Education
Computer Studies
Religious Education

KS4 – Years 9,10,11

Core: 

GCSE English
GCSE Mathematics
GCSE Science 
GCSE Languages
Physical Education (for all students)

Years 9, 10 and 11 Options:

GCSE History 
GCSE Geography 
GCSE French
GCSE Spanish
GCSE Latin 
GCSE Business 
GCSE Product Design
GCSE Art
GCSE Photography
GCSE Music
GCSE Drama
GCSE Physical Education
GCSE Religious Education