Cleeve School

the cleeve curriculum

The Purpose of our Curriculum

 Our three core values of Aspiring, Collaborating and Transforming sit at the heart of Cleeve School’s development and shape our evolving broad curriculum offer.

These values, linked to our over-arching mission, drive our 3-5 year strategic plan and vision, and underpin our annual school improvement planning. Both our Mission and Vision Statement are re-captured below.

Closely allied to our values, the purpose and intent of our curriculum is to help deliver our vision for an exceptional education and experience for all of our students.

We feel strongly that our curriculum, from academic to enrichment and personal development, is a catalyst for transformation. Every student has an entitlement to receive an invigorating and intellectually challenging curriculum, across all parts of our school. Our curriculum will send students to the very best universities and open up doors to multiple career pathways, as well as informing students about being safe and responsible community-focused citizens, with international and global outlooks.

We have ambitious expectations for our curriculum.  We want it to help to eradicate societal inequality by ensuring that all students, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds or who may struggle with learning barriers, accumulate essential knowledge, skills and experience as they progress. This is their entitlement and will help to unlock doors of opportunity

We see language acquisition as pivotal within our curriculum. The word-rich are empowered and progress to be successful with their learning and beyond, so a key focus in our curriculum is the structured development of reading, vocabulary and oracy. 

Language provides the framework on which information is built and developed. Knowledge begets knowledge, building on background knowledge and accumulating and connecting with further knowledge.

Our curriculum delivery and its consistency is the really exciting bit! In our classroom delivery, we focus on maximizing time on tasks, providing high levels of challenge and stimulation, enabling students to progress by accumulating increasingly deeper levels of knowledge and skill acquisition. Questioning, debate and grappling with challenging tasks are underpinning features of our lessons, building through Key Stages 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. Students are empowered by increasingly understanding themselves as learners via on-going feedback, formative assessment and discussion. 

Our five Colleges and Year Teams play a significant role in delivering what we call our ‘basecamp’ curriculum platform. This ensures that every student is ready to learn. We leave no student behind.

As a dynamic organisation, we focus on systematically developing and training our staff, ensuring that they are empowered, motivated and cared for, and thrive within our evolving curriculum.

Click on the button below to access the Cleeve School Curriculum Guide for Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9), Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11) and Key Stage 5 (Years 12 and 13):

Cleeve School Curriculum Guide 

Cleeve Curriculum key contact

For more information about our school curriculum, please contact Mrs Claire Sheppard (Deputy Head- Teaching, Learning and Training) at