Our Curriculum Statement Overview

Curriculum aims

At Chertsey High School we offer a broad and balanced curriculum and as a school encourage each student’s particular abilities to ensure that no child slips through the net. The school’s ethos is simple - our students are at the heart of everything we do and we truly believe that every child can achieve.

We wish to create

  • Successful learners who enjoy learning; make good progress and achieve excellence.
  • Confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives.
  • Responsible citizens who can make a positive contribution to society.

It is essential that the curriculum is organised in such a way that it provides students with the opportunity to learn expected behaviours and be successful in their learning so that we can deliver our mission and aims.


Strategic intent

To develop a curriculum which:

  • Creates an aspirational high achievement culture to enable our students to make ambitious choices at 16.
  • Challenges stereotypes regarding what our students are capable of.
  • Takes into account individual needs and styles.
  • Gives self-confidence and respect and allows everyone to experience success.
  • Improves rates of progress and raises standards of attainment. 
  • Secures the fundamental building blocks of learning in terms of literacy and numeracy.
  • Empowers learners to value education and believe that it is exciting.
  • Allows students to experience a broad curriculum to cater for a wide range of experiences.
  • Establishes strong behaviour for learning principles.
  • Supports the spiritual, cultural and moral development of our students.


Curriculum principles

  • Clear progress over 5 years to meet the most ambitious targets.
  • There should be depth before breadth.  Maximise learning time in all subjects.
  • Additional time is given to English; mathematics; science and MFL to ensure that students have the essential skills needed for life and to access the full curriculum.
  • Targeted support and additional challenge to ensure all students make at least national rates of progress.
  • Carefully planned activities through tutor time and assemblies to address SMSC and aspirations.
  • Support induction into secondary school for all Year 7 students.
  • Bespoke pathways for different groups to ensure that they experience as full a range of disciplines throughout their schooling.
  • Learning opportunities outside of the classroom.


Curriculum implementation

  • Delivery is through quality first teaching, learning support, advice and guidance, coaching, mentorship, peer and collaborative learning, feedback and assessment, personal development planning and tutoring, skills development and practice, and access to resources.
  • Each department plans, delivers and reviews its curriculum – the curriculum lifecycle.
  • Understanding each other’s curriculum is a key part of staff training.
  • Curriculum delivery focuses on deep learning – using knowledge to challenge, enquire and debate.
  • Challenge and high order questioning are constant features of lessons.
  • Our curriculum gradually builds the learning experience. It allows for continuity of experiences as the learner progresses and grows.
  • Extra-curricular opportunities and voluntary work are integral to the whole curriculum offer.


Mechanics of the offer

  • 3-year key stage 3 and 2-year key stage 4; 6 50 minute lessons per day.
  • Double lessons in Science; PE; Art; DT in order to support the link between practical and theory work
  • 2-week timetable with good balance throughout the fortnight.
  • All subjects taught by specialists.
  • Ability setting in English and maths in Y8 but mixed ability for all subjects in Y7.


Curriculum impact

  • The curriculum is the core of the school, the cornerstone of our ethos and the bedrock of our professional development.
  • It has raised aspiration and improved students’ confidence.
  • It has improved behaviour and behaviour for learning.
  • It is broadening understanding and the intellectual capacity of our students.
  • It has improved reading, writing and numeracy.
  • It has improved outcomes overall and for different sub-groups of students
  • Subject leaders are making intelligent use of assessment to inform curriculum design.


The curriculum


This covers years 7; 8 & 9 with students choosing their GCSE pathway at the end of year 9 so that they are ready to embark on their GCSEs from year 10. This change in our curriculum may differ from other local schools but we believe that a 3 year KS3 is a must for children’s physical and mental development. They need to experience a broad curriculum that does not cut creative subjects by making them samplers without depth. 

Core subjects in KS3 are English, Mathematics & Science and so have additional curriculum time.

Subjects also studied Art, Drama, Music, French, Geography, History, PE, RE, Technology (including Food Technology and Resistant Materials) and Spanish.



Students at Chertsey High School will follow the English Baccalaureate at GCSE. The EBacc is a set of subjects at GCSE that keeps young people’s options open for further study and future careers.

The EBacc is:

  • English language and literature
  • Maths
  • Sciences
  • Geography or History
  • Foreign Language

Students will then have the opportunity to choose other subjects (Options) to complement the EBacc core subjects.


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Mr Hicks

Mr Hicks

Head of Year 7
I am proud to teach at a school that values and loves every child for who they are. Here at Chertsey High School we look to develop children holistically and I couldn't imagine a better place to do it.
Year 8

Year 8

The care and support of the teachers and the modern facilities will make your dreams become reality.  
Miss Brazier

Miss Brazier

SENCO & Assistant Headteacher
I am delighted to be part of the SLT as well as SENCO. Students are polite, respectful and show curiosity to learn. We support learning enabling students to reach their full potential.
Year 8

Year 8

There is so much opportunity to excel here and the amazing staff have guided me to where I am now. The hospitality shown here is great and I have learnt so much.  
Mrs Willoughby

Mrs Willoughby

Maths Teacher
Creating a passion in children for maths is the best feeling in the world. That moment when a child's face lights up because they understand!
Year 9

Year 9

Within Chertsey High the teachers are extremely committed to making the best lessons they can to ensure the students can find their best way of learning.


- Jul 5
Happy Birthday NHS 💙 https://t.co/JXffbHiiWe
CHS English Department @ChertseyHighEng - Jul 5
I tried to catch some fog, but I mist 🌫️🌲Why don’t you catch some of our Year 7’s descriptive writing based on an image? Kudos Ashley, Ethan, Qi and Tanya!👏👏👏👏 @ChertseyHigh #nature https://t.co/2M3AiwI9yE
- Jul 5
Ben getting some early exercise in for sports week doing the swinley forest trails! Well done Ben, we are super impressed! 💪 🚲 https://t.co/NrmG4lO72k
- Jul 5
Day5: Ask your family or friends how their week went, and listen closely. #HomeGrownSkills https://t.co/BveuJvGpLT
- Jul 5
Calling all our CHS students! Enjoy a fantastic Virtual Sport Week next week! Don’t forget to send us your results 💪 Additional evidence of your runs and distances will earn you bonus +20 house points 🏅#CHSSport #GetThoseRunningShoesOn https://t.co/iV7Bh4VBOJ
- Jul 4
Day4: Speak to a family member about what it means to be kind. #HomeGrownSkills 💬Kindness can come in many forms. Listen closely to one another as you speak. 💬 https://t.co/u33JiBbeLX
Chertsey High Geography Department @CHSGeographyDep - Jul 4
Year 9 students have been looking at Australia and diversity. They looked at wildfires and how this impacts their population and environment. Great work below showing key questions being answered, labelled drawing and starting to explain why it is an issue! @ChertseyHigh https://t.co/en2AiL6X8Z
Chertsey High Geography Department @CHSGeographyDep - Jul 4
Do you need help writing Data Analysis? Students have been using 'DEAL' to help them. Some students even structured their answer with DEAL to compare sites with environmental quality in their homes. Great work! @ChertseyHigh https://t.co/hTdheEMef7
Chertsey High Geography Department @CHSGeographyDep - Jul 4
Year 8 students have been writing their Data Analysis of their Fieldwork completed in their home areas. It is great to see students describing how areas differ with environmental quality! @ChertseyHigh https://t.co/PalPpTfc9Z
Chertsey High Geography Department @CHSGeographyDep - Jul 4
It is amazing to see that through remote learning students are still carefully choosing the task (A, B or C) that they can do and then adding to their key question throughout their notes. This is fantastic to see! @ChertseyHigh https://t.co/DQSeC7juJ3
Creativity at Chertsey High School @ArtandDTatCHS - Jul 4
Bailey in Y8 has been working really hard on his design ideas! Well done, Bailey! #creativityforall @chertseyhigh https://t.co/jVbv6qAavS
Creativity at Chertsey High School @ArtandDTatCHS - Jul 4
Jamie in Y7 has blown us away with his incredible design work... This is brilliant, Jamie, well done 🌟 💡 💜 #creativityforall @chertseyhigh https://t.co/WSFUvWs3YD
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