Curriculum Overview

CCHS offers a broad, balanced and ambitious curriculum tailored to meet the needs of our highly able students.  As a dynamic and forward-thinking school we review and update our curriculum on a regular basis.  

We have adopted a progressive academic curriculum, which satisfies the needs of our highly able students. An important aspect of this concerns our CCHS Learner Profile, which highlights the kind of attributes we want our students to develop throughout their 7 years at our School.  We inspire them and give then opportunities to become 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:

  • Scheduled: habitual challenge, e.g. daily lesson activities
  • Extension: amplified challenge, e.g. Curriculum Support Booklet activities
  • Enrichment: deep challenge, e.g. Enrichment Day activities
  • Overarching: cohesive challenge, e.g. Internationalism activities
  • Excellence: examination challenge, e.g. GCSE, and A Levels
  • Ancillary: complementary challenge, e.g. extra-curricular activities
  • Innovation: novel challenge, e.g. special projects

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 students, using the following four key elements to frame students’ learning and development:

Year 7

Students study, English, Mathematics, Computing, Science, French, German, Geography, History, Religious Studies, Philosophy (Year 7 only), Art, Drama, Music, Physical Education (including Dance) and PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic education).

Year 8

The courses followed are as in Year 7, including Latin and the sciences taught as separate subjects: Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Year 9

The courses followed are the same as in Year 8. Students can apply to study Mandarin as an after-school academic enrichment course, which they can continue as an extra GCSE course into Years 10 and 11.

Click on link below for the KS3 Curriculum booklet.

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, and Geography or History, alongside core RS and core PE. Students also choose two other courses (one Additional and one Open) as optional subjects. We strongly recommend that all students select a Creative subject (Art, Drama, Computer Science, Physical Education or Music) to ensure a broad and balanced curriculum.  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 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 and Spanish)
  • Humanities (Geography, History and Philosophy & Ethics),
  • Social Sciences (Economics, Government & Politics and Psychology)
  • Expressive Arts (Art, Music, and Theatre Studies)
  • Physical Education

In addition, students can choose one extra course from the super-curriculum:  Further Maths, or the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).

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