A broad and ambitious curriculum

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We firmly believe that all children, irrespective of their starting point, are entitled to a broad and ambitious curriculum. To that end, we are delighted to offer an innovative and knowledge-rich curriculum, which enables any student to fulfil their potential and develop the all-important skills and qualities, which will serve them well in later life.

The curriculum at Denton Community College is personalised to meet the needs of all learners. Flexibility in the curriculum allows for adaptations to be made that are responsive to the needs of both individuals and groups of students as they progress through our school.

The curriculum is designed to give all students the opportunity to develop as enquiring individuals who feel valued and respected, so that they, in turn, learn to value those around them. Equality of opportunity is a key principle in the design of our curriculum model and we  fully support the entitlement that students have to study the English Baccalaureate.

The list of subjects we offer at KS3 and KS4 is found within the Curriculum Overview document. All students study English, Maths, Science, LIFE, PE, History, Geography, MFL, Computer Science, Art, Design Technology and Performing Arts at KS3. All students study  English, Maths, Science, LIFE and PE at KS4 alongside 3 Optional Subjects chosen from a wide-pool of academic and vocational subjects. We usually follow the 3:2 model for KS3/KS4, however the current Year 9 completed the options process early in order to give them the best possible opportunities for the future.

In addition we have a focus on cross-curricular skills and we use the co-curriculum to enhance wider personal development and promote positive attitudes to learning.

The co-curriculum underpins our school culture and prepares students for life in modern Britain through the teaching of responsibility, respect, tolerance and acceptance in everything we do.

On this page you will find our Curriculum Statement of Intent and Curriculum Overview for our current curriculum model. This model goes above and beyond the requirements of the National Curriculum.

LIFE Curriculum

The LIFE curriculum is a planned programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives.

The LIFE curriculum encompasses:

  • Religious Education (RE)
  • Personal, Health, Social and Economic education (PHSE)
  • Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural education (SMSC)
  • Relationship and Sex Education (RSE)
  • Careers Education Information and Guidance (CEIAG).

The formal delivery of lessons is supported by the co-curricular offer.

The curriculum offer has been carefully constructed using the statutory guidance from the DFE, the PHSE association framework, RE for REal, Religion and Worldviews: The Way Forward (Final Report) , the Gatsby benchmarks and expertise within Northern Education Trust.

The college aims to develop skills and attributes such as resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, team working and critical thinking in the context of learning, grouped into five core themes:

  1. Living in the Wider World
  2. Health & Wellbeing including Relationship and Sex Education (RSE)
  3. Global citizenship
  4. World Views including Religious Education (RE)
  5. Careers education

For further information please contact Rachel Hampson, Deputy Headteacher.


Curriculum Overview 2023-24

Curriculum Statement of Intent 2023-24

Denton Community College Music development plan