Our Wider Curriculum

The Wider Curriculum is the part of our ‘Whole Curriculum’ which includes all of the additional activities, events and visits 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 eight areas of the Wider Curriculum have a focus on providing enriching experiences and powerful knowledge.

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 out 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 involvedin our Xtra programme and have a 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 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 is delivered to students in one 60 minute lesson per fortnight (Tuesday Period 1) by their Form Tutor or other appropriate staff/external speakers.  The topics covered are published in High Notes every fortnight.

From September 2020, new requirements were introduced to teach:

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

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

Here is our RSE school policy.  You can also read The Wellbeing Curriculum Overview (RSE) including DfE guidance on what students need to cover

Relevant Wider Curriculum Documents

WHS Signs Cheshire Anti-Bullying Charter

Creative Writing Competition Entries