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.


Harrop Fold has a broad and balanced curriculum tailored to ensure that the individual needs of all our students are met. The curriculum provides students with an appropriate range of subjects and topics that ensures that they enjoy school. This contributes well to their good spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Our curriculum has been designed to help our students achieve the highest of standards and is underpinned by our belief in the limitless potential of our students. We aim to make our curriculum challenging. We believe in ensuring a curriculum experience that gives every young person the best possible opportunities for a successful future. All our students will experience lessons and activities that are exciting, relevant and, at times, deliberately difficult. We teach our students to be resilient and offer them a balanced and rich experience which will equip them to succeed in the rapidly changing world. We also ensure a high quality PSHE programme, provide relevant careers guidance and offer curriculum enrichment opportunities outside of normal lesson time.

Curriculum Structure

Curriculum Structure
Students receive 25 hours of teaching contact time per week organised into 30 lessons. In addition, there is a morning form time period and year group assemblies are scheduled once a week. In Years 7 and 8, students study a wide variety of subjects. Some students are given additional support where necessary through our COGS (Creating Opportunities; Growing Students) curriculum. At Harrop Fold we are passionate about helping to develop a growth mindset as we are aware of the significant impact this has on helping young people achieve success.


From Year 9, students pursue an individualised curriculum pathway based around their options choices.  Guidance is given to both students and parents/carers in order to ensure the most appropriate choices are made and, more importantly than headline measures, our philosophy is always to do what is right for our students. Students are offered the opportunity to study the EBacc, however, this is optional. We also offer Triple Science to allow for further stretch and challenge. We review our curriculum on an annual basis as a joint leadership team and take regular steps to ensure it is meeting the needs of all our students. We have recently introduced Study Skills to support certain students in years 9 and 10 and are currently looking to further extend our vocational offer.

We have a larger than average proportion of in year admissions of vulnerable students including LAC, SEN and PEX. This is due in part to our reputation within the Local Authority for providing the most vulnerable students with the opportunity to access Mainstream Education. This inevitably affects the school’s P8 scores as these students do not necessarily fill a ‘best 8’ curriculum. This is an area of exemplary practice.


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