Carnforth High School Curriculum Statement of Intent

At Carnforth high School, we provide an ambitious curriculum with a strong academic core. Our curriculum is underpinned by our core values of confidence, purpose and respect. The curriculum provides the pupils with knowledge of the best that’s been thought, said and done. Reading and literature are at the heart of our curriculum. Pupils receive a rich cultural experience. Pupils hone their leadership skills through a range of activities including the Carnforth High School (CHS) Award, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, and many sporting clubs and activities. Our ambition is for Modern Foreign Languages to continue to grow and become a subject of choice for all pupils.

Curriculum leaders have carefully considered the sequencing of component knowledge and the composite understanding this creates. There are ambitious end points that have been identified in each subject. KS3 has been remodelled; it is now three years of study. This means it is as broad as possible for as long as possible for all groups of pupils, including those with SEN/D.

School Curriculum Vision

Our vision is that when a student leaves Carnforth High School in year 11 we want them to:

  • have plans in place for their future
  • know how to maintain a healthy body and mind
  • have respect and understanding for themselves and others, regardless of differences
  • have productive roles as a contributing member of society
  • enjoy learning and see the value of lifelong learning
  •  have achieved their best academic outcomes

We believe our curriculum allows all pupils to achieve these outcomes.

The way in which our curriculum is planned aims to build upon prior knowledge and provide challenge. The delivery of the curriculum ensures pupils learn more and remember more, with opportunities to make links between topics and subjects and extend knowledge wherever possible. Formative assessment is planned to ensure learning is broad and effective, but not to be the focus; we believe in learning for enjoyment and to equip our pupils for the world beyond school.

If you have any questions about the school curriculum, please contact Ms A Newson at