Developing Independent Learners

Our curriculum has been designed to not only enable students to access the best universities but also to provide them with the skills needed to become leaders in their community. Our aim is to create independent young men and women who have the knowledge, skills and motivation to make a difference to the world around them.

The curriculum focuses on depth before breadth and follows a mastery approach where the key knowledge and the conceptual understanding required for subject is developed across the key stages. There is a specific focus on literacy and numeracy with extra support provided where necessary to ensure all students progress.

We believe that all students have the ability to excel and consciously teach them to challenge and push themselves through embedding a growth mindset into the curriculum.  This means that students are encouraged to see attainment not as something that is fixed but as something that develops with hard work and perseverance.

We have a two-year Key Stage 3, with students choosing their GCSE/BTEC options in Year 8.  This enables students to begin their chosen options in Year 9, providing them with a foundation year prior to Key Stage 4.  At Key Stage 4 we want as many pupils as possible to follow the English Baccalaureate as this will provide them with the more choices post-16. 

What is the English Baccalaureate?

The English Baccalaureate requires students to take GCSEs in English, Maths, Science, History or Geography and a foreign language.

We want to ensure as many students as possible complete this so that students have access to the best opportunities after Globe.  This includes entrance into a Russell Group university and the top professions, with the ultimate goal being that they become leaders in their community and masters of their own destiny.

Our Specialist Subjects

At Globe, we specialise in Mathematics and the Performing Arts. 

The Mathematics Department adopts a 'Mathematics Mastery' approach to teaching and learning. This is an innovative mathematics programme based on international best practice and gives students opportunities to gain a deeper understanding of key topics. In addition to the classroom curriculum, extra-curricular opportunities in Mathematics are also available. Our students participate in the Ark Schools and UK Mathematics Trust individual and team maths challenges.

There are also many opportunities provided by the Performing Arts Faculty.  Every student gets involved in our music and arts programmes and many take part in our school shows, in the Ark Schools Shakespeare Festival and the Ark Music Gala. Students also take part in residential choir and orchestra weekends. We make use of our links with outside providers and hold the Arts Council ARTSMARK Gold Award for Excellence in Arts Education.


Our Curriculum

The key principles of the curriculum model are:

  • To maximise the numbers of pupils taking the EBACC pathway at GCSE
  • To have a student-centred approach to the curriculum and create personalised pathways, if needed.
  • To have consistency across the curriculum with all lessons embedding the key academic principles known as the Five Pillars.
  1. Literacy is part of every lesson
  2. Independence is developed
  3. Leverage activities move students on
  4. Assessment is precise
  5. Content is rigorous and high quality, as well as knowledge-driven.

This means the curriculum structured so that:

  • There is a focus on depth before breadth with extra time provided for literacy and numeracy.
  • Subjects follow a mastery approach where the key knowledge and the conceptual understanding required for subject is developed across the key stages.
  • Key Stage 3 is two years, with students choosing GCSE Options in Year 8.
  • Key Stage 4 students follow an EBACC pathway at GCSE with exceptions made for students with specific needs.
  • Students with specific needs have reduced options at Key Stage 4 to allow for extra literacy and numeracy support.

Curriculum Model for 2017/18:


Please Note: The number in brackets represents the number of periods the students has of this subject each week. Students have Option Subjects for 3 periods a week.