Welcome to Harrop Fold

At Harrop Fold, we are committed to making the difference for all our young people.  Our aim is to produce well-rounded young people who are prepared for our ever-changing world. We do this by focusing on the Personal, Social and Academic aspects of education, which will drive our young people to reach their potential and achieve true excellence.


Our curriculum is guided by respect and high expectations. This means we hold dear the belief that every single young person at our school is capable of achieving something great. By providing a rigorous curriculum that is rich, broad and balanced in carefully sequenced knowledge, our goal is to enable pupils to take their place in the community of educated citizens.

We place high value on subjects and our teachers as experts in their subject areas. We want our pupils to have access to the best that has been thought and said, and with this in mind our teachers think carefully about what to teach and how best to teach it. We want pupils’ future options to be wide, so we do not narrow the curriculum. Instead, we ensure pupils are exposed to a wide body of knowledge through a full Key Stage Three curriculum over years 7, 8 and 9.  We are not just concerned with preparing pupils for GCSE success: we also think carefully about those pupils whose formal study of a subject will come to an end in Year 9, and prioritise the knowledge that create well-rounded, well-educated individuals.

We believe pupils are more likely to remember all they have learned if the delivery of that knowledge has been carefully sequenced and planned. We work hard to ensure our curriculum is coherent, with learning building over time, which enables pupils to attach new knowledge to old in a manner that is efficient and sustainable. These enables pupils to make good progress through our curriculum and are well prepared for their next level of study.

All pupils study the following lessons in Years 7-9 per week:
Maths, English, science, Spanish, PE, religious education, history, geography, art, music, technology, drama, computing, textiles, design technology and food technology.

In Key Stage 4, all pupils continue to study a broad and balanced academic curriculum to GCSE, but are able to opt into additional subjects. All pupils study maths, English literature and English language, science and PE. Most pupils will then choose an Ebacc subject (history, geography or Spanish) and then two/three other subjects. We enter pupils for rigorous examinations at the end of Year 11 and support this with independent careers advice for all.
We work very hard on the content of our curriculum in each subject across all of their five years at Harrop Fold to ensure that pupils gain the necessary knowledge to play a full part in shaping the world as young adults.

An overview of the curriculum for all subjects across all year groups can be found on the Curriculum Maps for KS3 and KS4.


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