About the School Curriculum

The Clere School curriculum is highly academic, decidedly challenging and uniquely personalized.

Designed to ensure that all pupils’ make exceptional progress and become respectfulresponsible and resilient citizens, our curriculum is both traditional and innovative. Despite the relatively small size of our school, we offer a substantially broader academic curriculum than most larger schools.

Students follow a broad, balanced, relevant and differentiated curriculum which will prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.

The curriculum enables students to:

  • Develop their knowledge, skills and understanding

  • Appreciate human achievement

  • Gain understanding of social, economic and political issues

  • Be aware of the spiritual and aesthetic dimensions of life

  • Develop attitudes, values and beliefs that are reasoned and acceptable within society

  • Develop a willingness to learn and apply themselves to study

  • Develop a sense of self-respect

  • Develop independence of learning fostering the skills and attributes for lifelong learning

  • Be aware of, and be engaged with, local, national and international communities

  • Be aware of their own health and safety and to appreciate the benefits and risks of the choices they make

  • To acknowledge, promote and pass on the core knowledge and skills valued by society to the next generation

  • Prepare for life in Modern Britain. The Curriculum promotes the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and those without faiths

  • Achieve and experience success; to establish sound, constructive relationships; to develop a sense of responsibility for their actions and to share a concern for their own environment and for the world as a whole.

Therefore, we follow the statutory national curriculum which sets out in programmes of study, based on key stages, subject content for those subjects that should be taught to all pupils. This significant aspect of our curriculum consists of English and Drama, Maths, Science, Technology, Computing, Modern Foreign Languages, History, Geography, Art, Music, PSHE and Citizenship, PE and RS.

Lower School

Uniquely, The Clere School curriculum is taking full advantage of the freedom offered to schools to complement the curriculum with additional subjects which inspire pupils to learn, enrich the curriculum and draw on pupils’ strengths, preferences and areas of personal interest. ​Therefore, the following academic enrichment subjects are now being offered within the lower school curriculum.

Year 7 – Academic Enrichment Subjects

Pottery, Local History, Psychology, The Chimbota Secondary School Project, Dance, Additional PE, Woodwork, STEM Challenges, Book Club, Geocaching, Drama Workshop, Survival Skills, Digital Art, Film Making, Inspiring Women, Targeted support and intervention.

Year 8 – Academic Enrichment Subjects

Music technology, Mindfulness and Well-Being strategies, From the Page to Screen, The Chimbota Secondary School Project, Dance, Sculpture, Textiles, Woodwork, Current Affairs, Life-Skills, French Life and Culture, Creative Writing, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, Journalism, Local History, Healthy Eating, Environmental Learning, Geocaching, Book Club, Digital Art, Additional PE, Targeted support and intervention.

Year 9 – Academic Enrichment Subjects

Law, Performance Dance, Media Studies, Current Affairs, Textiles, From the Page to Screen, Debating and Public Speaking, Drama, STEM Challenges, Young Enterprise, Psychology, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, French Life and Culture, Photography, Book Club, Healthy Eating, Duke of Edinburgh, British Science Association's CREST Awards scheme, Targeted support and intervention.

Upper School

In Years 10 and 11, all pupils follow a common core of examination courses in English, Mathematics and Science. These consist only of high quality GCSEs and qualifications. The Clere School does not lower its standards and expectations by delivering inferior qualifications for the sake of league tables. There are additional core courses in Financial Education, Physical Education and Personal, Social and Health Education (which includes Religious Studies and Citizenship). In addition to this, pupils can choose four optional courses covering Modern Foreign Languages, Humanities, Technology and the Arts, as well as a free choice. We also offer twilight GCSEs.


Should wish to find out more about the curriculum in our school please do not hesitate to contact the school office on 01635 278372