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Our Curriculum

At Holmwood School, we believe that the curriculum is a powerful tool that promotes a love of learning and a willingness to explore and question.
The curriculum defines and describes the full range of experiences that Holmwood School plans and delivers for its pupils in preparing them for the opportunities and demands of adult life.

Through our curriculum we are striving to enable learners to develop their knowledge, experience and imaginative understanding and their awareness of moral values. We hope that it will enable them to enter life after formal education as active participants in and contributors to society, capable of achieving as much independence as possible.

Holmwood School has chosen to use Focus Education’s The Learning Challenge Curriculum.

This process puts high emphasis on learners being involved in their own learning. It also focuses on improving learners’ and teachers’ questioning and uses a key skills system to guarantee continuity and progression in learning across the whole school. It is the focus of the creative curriculum to combine subjects where possible and link to the terms topics. We aim to teach children how to grow into positive, responsible people, who work and co-operate with others while developing knowledge and skills, so that they achieve their true potential.

The Learning Challenge Curriculum

The Learning Challenge concept is built around the principle of greater learner involvement in their work resulting in a meaningful curriculum which promotes high standards.

The Learning Challenge curriculum is an approach to structuring and delivering the curriculum; often described as an approach for ‘intelligent schools’. It is under-pinned by a secure pedagogical framework which weaves together the critical elements of curriculum, teaching & learning and assessment.

For further information regarding the Learning Challenge Curriculum please visit http://www.learningchallengecurriculum.com/

For further information about our Curriculum standards and policies, please see below

For further information about the national curriculum please click here


Privacy Policy

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We do not store personal information about individuals who visit this site except where they provide contact information via our contact us page and contact forms available on various pages throughout the website.

Any information you provide will only be used for the reasons specified and it will not be shared with any third party without your consent, unless required by law.

Your contact details are kept securely and are only accessed by authorised members of staff as part of the provision of school services. If you do not wish us to keep this contact information please tell us.

This website uses Google Analytics which provides statistical data about the usage of the site. This information is not used to identify individuals, but is collected to provide us with an understanding of the areas of interest on our site and how our site is being used.

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This website contains links to other websites. The School is not responsible for the privacy practices of other sites or organisations and recommends you consult the privacy information on those sites.

This policy will be reviewed and updated versions will be posted on the website.

If you have any questions about the use of your personal information, the Information Commissioner is the independent regulator for both Data Protection and Freedom of Information.

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