The curriculum at Penketh High School
At Penketh High School we see the curriculum as the prime engine of school improvement. Our philosophy is that high level knowledge, often referred to as powerful knowledge, is critical to the academic success of pupils and plays a vital role in preparing them for life’s opportunities, responsibilities and experiences. Furthermore, we believe that our curriculum should provide pupil’s with a rich, coherent and ambitious education that takes them beyond their own experiences so they can confidently meet the demands of life after PHS. Consequently, ensuring that the curriculum is planned and sequenced in a coherent manner that maximises the ability of our pupils to acquire high level knowledge, that supports them to move them from novice to expert in each subject area over time, is central to our curriculum planning.
The school also recognises the vital importance of the curriculum as a ‘level for social justice’ that can support students from all background to access a high quality education. Our curriculum is designed to enable each individual to develop their maximum potential. We believe that every student is capable of excellence and encourage each student to push themselves to achieve their potential.
Additionally, this core academic learning experience is supplemented with curricula for holistic development in order for students to be more self-aware, to build relationships and have a tolerance of difference. We also recognise the importance of the curriculum in supporting our students to develop ethically. We also believe in providing our students with intellectual, artistic and physical nourishment, to have opportunities to be creative and have an appreciation of the arts and culture.