Curriculum Overview

We have adopted a modern academic curriculum which satisfies the needs of our highly able students. An important dimension to this concerns our CCHS Learner Profile, inspired by the International Baccalaureate, which highlights the kind of attributes that we want our students to develop. We ask them to be articulate, creative, enquiring, knowledgeable, principled, reflective and resilient.

Vision & Aims

The vital concept which animates the CCHS curriculum is ambition. This is clearly communicated through our School vision – developing the leaders of tomorrow – and our School aims: the pursuit of excellence; fulfilling individual potential; and contributing to the local and global community.


To realise our vision and aims requires institutionalised curriculum challenge, i.e. demanding and stimulating experiences across the School. Our challenge model has seven elements:

Learner Profile

Our teachers devised the CCHS Learner Profile, which provides us with the language and ideas to envisage learning in its broadest sense:

  • Articulate:  polished communicator
  • Creative:  novel thinker
  • Enquiring:  sharp questioner
  • Knowledgeable:  information seeker
  • Principled:  conscientious learner
  • Reflective:  agile learner
  • Resilient:  courageous character

Scholarly School

We are a scholarly school:   we endorse the wisdom of René Descartes’ words:

“It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well.”

 Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Curriculum Architecture

CCHS teachers created our Key Stage 3 curriculum, for Year 7-9 girls, using the following four key elements to frame their learning:

Year 7

Students study, English, Mathematics, Science, French, German, Geography, History, Religious Studies, Art, Drama, Music, Physical Education (including Dance), PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic education) and Computing.

Year 8

The courses followed are as in Year 7, with Latin being introduced and the sciences being taught as separate subjects (Biology, Chemistry and Physics).

Year 9

The courses followed are the same as in Year 8.

Please review the CCHS KS3 Curriculum booklet for further information.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Year 10

The core programme consists of GCSE courses in Mathematics, English Language, English Literature, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, French or German, Geography or History and a Creative subject (Art, Drama, Computer Science or Music). Students also choose two other courses as optional subjects from those listed above, including Latin, Religious Studies and Spanish – making a total of 11 courses. We regularly review the range of courses we offer and other subjects may be available in the future.

Year 11

Year 11 students continue their Year 10 courses.

Key Stage 5 Curriculum

Advanced level

Sixth Form students choose four subjects from a range of A level courses, building them into a personalised programme of advanced study, across key academic disciplines: English (English Literature), Mathematics (Mathematics and Further Maths), Sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics), Languages (French, German, Latin, Mandarin, Russian and Spanish), Humanities (Geography, History and Philosophy & Ethics), Social Sciences (Economics, Government & Politics and Psychology); and The Arts (Art, Music and Theatre Studies).  In addition, students can choose one extra course from the super-curriculum: Further Maths, ab initio courses in Italian or Russian, or the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).

For more details on the KS5 Curriculum please visit the Sixth Form section of our website.