Curriculum Intent

Our curriculum aims to provide all Hanson students with the opportunity to experience quality education inside the classroom and beyond. In facilitating these learning experiences, we encourage our students to take ownership of their own academic and social development so that they assume increasing levels of responsibility. Our school community ensures each and every young person is treated as an individual, belongs to ‘Team Hanson’ and is given the opportunity to optimise their potential. We believe that success should be measured by how our students develop holistically throughout their time at Hanson, to succeed as young aspiring adults.

Hanson aims to provide a broad, balanced and inclusive curriculum designed to encompass the needs of all students, regardless of background, starting point or ability. Alongside the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science, students can also study a variety of non-core subjects covering the Creative Arts, Technology, Humanities and Physical Education. This means students can choose subjects which reflect their interests and strengths, following well-defined vocational and academic pathways towards their post 16 education and future careers.

At Hanson equality is embedded in our curriculum and all our staff aspire to provide challenging, personalised lessons to all students irrespective of their needs. Moreover, where students struggle to adapt to the demands of the school environment, or find external circumstances demanding, we provide quality pastoral care and support necessary to overcome these barriers.

In the classroom we want all our students to feel valued and sufficiently confident to express their opinions and make their voices heard. At Hanson we strongly believe that our curriculum should go much further; our curriculum is aimed at broadening minds, enriching sensibilities and providing students with deeper knowledge and pragmatism. We want our young people to leave with the skills and awareness which will not only create wide-ranging life opportunities but will fully prepare them for their lives beyond school. This emphasis on developing the cultural capital of our students, for example via the Hanson Pledge, is aimed at empowering young people of all abilities and backgrounds to succeed, and includes a commitment to arranging trips, organising residential visits, inviting outside speakers into school, and ensuring Hanson is at the heart of the local community.

As a diverse but integrated school population we take great pride in developing students’ characters and developing their understanding and acceptance of each other and their different backgrounds. We continually promote high expectations of our students, fully appreciating that nurturing the development of young people is a unique privilege. To accomplish this, we deliver a curriculum that is coherently planned and sequenced to best meet their needs.