Wider Curriculum

The Wider Curriculum is the part of our ‘Whole Curriculum’ which includes all of the additional activities, events and visits that we encourage students to take part in outside of lessons (Enriching Experiences), as well as PHSCE related learning about staying safe, healthy and preparing for life in modern Britain (Powerful Knowledge).  All of these opportunities and wider knowledge supports our students’ Personal Development as young people of character.

The 8 areas of the Wider Curriculum have a focus on providing “enriching experiences” and “powerful knowledge”.

Wider Curriculum Programme of Study 2020-21






“Enriching Experiences”

X-tra, Expedition, Leadership and Service and Communication and Enquiry

Expedition‘Embrace the outdoor challenge’: To promote the benefits to students of taking part in outdoor activities, offer appropriate school led activities and signpost other expedition based opportunities (for example, Duke of Edinburgh Awards)

Communication and Enquiry‘Ask questions, speak, listen and read with confidence’: To develop students’ speaking, listening and reading skills, raising the importance of and embedding the use of oracy skills in and outside of the classroom (for example public speaking and creative competitions)

X-tra: ‘get involved and broaden your horizons’: To promote the benefits of students taking part in competitive and non-competitive extra-curricular activities including educational trips and visits. We encourage all students to get involved in our Xtra programme and have a very wide range of activities available. Details of these can be found here

Leadership and Service‘be a role model and empower others’: To encourage students to take on roles of responsibility in school in and outside the classroom, to be custodians of what is right and what is good, putting others’ needs (for example, community volunteering, in-school roles and the WC Leadership Award)

“Powerful Knowledge”

Wellbeing, Community, Aspirations and REspect

Wellbeing: ‘Strengthen your head, heart, hands and health’: To promote and support students’ development of social, emotional, mental and physical health and wellbeing so that they can make informed and safe decisions and lead happy and healthy lives.

Respect: ‘Develop knowledge, empathy and respect’: To teach students to think and act in a positive way about themselves and others, showing others that they are tolerant, interested in who they are, what they believe in and that they care about their feelings.

Community: ‘ Be a responsible, caring and contributing citizen’: To give students the knowledge and skills to understand, challenge and engage with the main pillars of our democracy and encourage them to take an active interest in exploring British Values, the community, and supporting others less fortunate in the local and global community.

Aspirations‘do more, be more and aim higher’: To prepare students with the appropriate skills and knowledge to make informed decisions about their next stage of education and work and to value their learning.

This important Powerful Knowledge is delivered to students in one 60 minute lesson per fortnight (Tuesday period 1) by their form tutor or other appropriate staff or external speakers.

The overview of what topics will be delivered to each year group will be published on this page at the start of term.

From September 2020, there’ll be new requirements to teach:

  • Relationships and Health Education in primary schools, with an option to teach sex education
  • RSE and Health Education in secondary schools

This is accompanied by new rules on parents’ right to withdraw their children from these subjects.

In order to be ready to teach the RSE aspects of the curriculum, we are in the process of:

  • Updating our RSE policy to reflect the new requirements; and
  • Consulting parents on this policy
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Relevant Wider Curriculum Documents

How to take an Acclerated Reader quiz

WHS Signs Cheshire Anti-Bullying Charter (2)

Summer Wider Curriculum Challenge Booklet 2021