Curriculum Plan

Article 28 (right to education): The Convention places a high value on education. Young people should be encouraged to reach the highest level of education of which they are capable.



At Trafalgar School, our core values of resilience, aspiration, inclusion, community and respect are at the heart of our curriculum. As a relational school, we want students to leave Trafalgar School not just ready for their next educational steps, but ready for their adult lives with the knowledge and skills they need to become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible global citizens. Our curriculum offer matches the needs of all of our community because we believe that every child, no matter their background, ability or interests, has the right to an outstanding education.

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Trafalgar School is ambitious and inclusive of all students with personalisation at the heart of our offer. Our 100-minute lessons allow our planned curriculum to be adapted to meet the needs of the individuals in our classroom. We believe that all children deserve the opportunity to be successful, we create bespoke curriculums for year groups and individual students to meet their specific learning needs.

At Trafalgar school we have high expectations of all students, providing opportunities to learn how positive relationships are created and maintained. Relational practice is prioritised throughout the school and is integral to our house system, supporting students to learn the behaviour skills required for living. Our students will develop high expectations of themselves and embed our core values through our three school rules: Be ready. Be respectful. Be safe.

The development of student’s literacy is at the forefront of our curriculum as we understand how high levels of reading and oracy can bridge cultural capital deficits and improve student’s educational outcomes and life chances. We ensure pupils have opportunity to access challenging reading texts across subjects, high quality interventions and have opportunities to read for pleasure. Our curriculum develops a high level of oracy skills to ensure students, thrive and are able to access the next steps in education or employment.

Our curriculum is planned to encourage a depth of knowledge and skills, ensuring students understand the process of learning. Our curriculum offers a broad range of qualifications and subjects promoting aspiration for all.

Through our Personal Development curriculum, Trafalgar School encourages students to develop their understanding of themselves and the world around them. Values days allow students to develop their understanding about the world they live in in themselves, exploring themes such as sex and relationships, keeping healthy, justice and the law and careers advice. Our Gatsby benchmarked careers programme means that students are encouraged to consider aspirational next steps and our developing links with colleges and universities exposes students to a wider range of educational experiences.