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Curriculum Provision at Castle Rock

We want our school curriculum to help all students to:

  • Enjoy learning and perceive education as a life-long process
  • Develop the attitudes, understanding and skills necessary for independence and initiative, and to work, participate and thrive in the school community
  • Develop lively, enquiring minds and the ability to:
    • Find and use information
    • Question, reason and debate
    • Apply understanding and skills to address issues, solve problems and carry out practical tasks
  • Develop positive personal values and attitudes, including good manners and respect for others. Students should gain a clear understanding of the ways of life of other people and other cultures
  • Understand the world in which they live and the interdependence of individuals, groups and nations
  • Develop an appreciation and concern for the environment
  • Work co-operatively with others, developing confidence and respect in relating to adults
  • Develop self-reliance and the ability to learn independently
  • Experience a range of cross-curricular opportunities to develop transferable knowledge, attitudes and personal learning and thinking skills

Curriculum Structure


Castle Rock High School offers its students a wide, varied and individualised curriculum. Every student studies the National Curriculum. Emphasis is placed on the core subjects, (English, Mathematics and Science), in order to equip students with the essential knowledge, skills and understanding required for lifelong learning and work. This is complimented by: History, Geography, Modern Foreign Languages, Computing, Design Technology, Religious Studies, Citizenship, Physical Education, Music, Art, Performing Arts and Life Skills.

Project Based Learning


At Castle Rock High School we are always looking for new and innovative ways to help students learn effectively inside and outside of the classroom. At our school, students will be encouraged to continue developing their learning at home, with the help of family and friends, every day. We believe that homework should not only incorporate curriculum content, but should also motivate students to want to continue learning outside of the school environment.

In Year 7 we promote home learning by making homework more project based. Our ‘Personal Challenge Projects’ begin at school and are facilitated by our staff, for one hour a week, every Monday after school. Each project lasts for six weeks and an exhibition of the work students have achieved is exhibited to parents and the community at the end of each period.

This approach to homework not only enables students to access literacy, numeracy and curriculum content but also gives them the opportunity to develop lifelong skills that they can utilise in the future.

Many opportunities are provided for students to learn actively promoting teamwork and developing self-confidence.”

This very well planned curriculum includes courses that are flexible enough to meet student’s individual needs and interests, and is continually reviewed in order to promote achievement.”

Music Maestros


In Year 8 the Personal Challenge takes the form of every student being offered the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument, and learn how to read music. The lessons are facilitated by specialist peripatetic staff. During these one hour workshops students develop skills on their chosen instrument as well as developing ensemble skills whilst being part of a symphonic orchestra. At the end of each term there is a musical performance for parents and the community.

Music is a unique form of communication which can change the way students think, feel and act. National studies show that student involvement in music engages and reengages students increasing their self-esteem and maximising their progress in all aspects and subjects in their education.

It has been shown to develop students’ perceptual language and literacy skills; intellectual development; general attainment in creativity; personal, social and physical development and finally health and their wellbeing. Learning to play a musical instrument can be a life changing experience which can open a world of opportunity.