The Whole Curriculum

The Whole Curriculum Model: What makes up our ‘Whole Curriculum’?

The Whole Curriculum at Wilmslow High School provides a broad, rich and deep education that develops the powerful knowledge, skills and qualities needed to flourish in life, learning and work. The Whole Curriculum includes: The Wilmslow Way, The Formal Curriculum and The Wider Curriculum.



The Formal Curriculum


This includes all of the teaching and learning which takes place in core and option lessons. It empowers our students to develop powerful knowledge, subject-specific skills and a spirit of enquiry. Read more…





PRIDE: The Wilmslow Way


This is sometimes referred to as the hidden curriculum as it can be defined as the lessons that are taught informally, and usually unintentionally, through conversations and social time, to develop values, good behaviours, attitudes and perspectives. It also includes the various Wider and character based activities that take place during Tutor Time at the start and the end of the day. The Wilmslow Way is central in enabling our students to develop as Young People of Character, who can participate fully and perform with PRIDE across our Formal and Wider Curriculum. The 5 strands of PRIDE are character values students are encouraged to every aspect of their life, in and outside of school.

The Wilmslow Way forms the basis of our rewards and sanctions policy for more information follow this link


PRIDE stands for:
ProfessionalismHigh standards in all that we do
RespectShowing consideration for yourself and others
IntegrityJust doing the right thing
DeterminationNot giving up and aiming for your personal best
EmpathyThinking about and helping others

The Wider Curriculum

(including Xtra curricular programmes)

This includes all of the additional activities, events and visits that we encourage students to take part in outside of lessons, as well as PHSCE related learning about staying safe and preparing for life in modern Britain, all which are grouped under 8 headings: Wellbeing, Community, Aspirations, REspect, X-tra, Expedition, Leadership and Service and Communication and Enquiry.  This includes important enriching opportunities that enhance our students’ personal development, encouraging them to perform with PRIDE in the pursuit of excellence. Read more…