Leek High School is dedicated to creating a caring and supportive learning community characterised by strong and positive relationships.

Our core values of ‘inspire’, ‘believe’ and ‘achieve’, aim to develop all students as confident lifelong learners. These values are reflected in every aspect of our curriculum design and the opportunities and choices we offer students. Our intent is that the curriculum should:

  • Provide students with a broad, balanced, inclusive and inspiring learning experience.
  • Prepare students to achieve well and progress successfully to the next stage of their education, employment or training.
  • Raise students’ aspirations and reduce social and economic disadvantage by providing enriching opportunities to increase their cultural capital.
  • Develop a strong sense of community and belief in diversity through a range of spiritual, moral, social and cultural opportunities.
  • Develop the literacy and numeracy skills needed for students to succeed in adult life.
  • Ensure that all students can make the right choices to stay safe and be healthy.

Further information about the curriculum followed by specific year groups can be found on the Key Stage 3 (Year 9) and Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11) pages of this website. Information about aspects of the curriculum common to all students in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 is given below. Further information about individual subjects can also be found on the subject pages.

Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)

We are proud of the high quality careers advice and guidance provided in school. Students are offered at least one interview with a specialist careers adviser in the last year of their compulsory education.  A number of events, integrated into the school Business, Careers and Enterprise Programme offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to students information about all of the post-16 options available to them, including further education, apprenticeships and other work-based learning.

Our independent careers advisor from Entrust, Alexa Kenneth, is available to offer careers support to any young person in Y10, Y11 or 6th Form who would like to talk to her via telephone or text on 07921 277443 or by e-mail on alex.kenneth@entrust-ed.co.uk.

Click here to view our CEIAG Policy.

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)

The Department for Education introduced compulsory Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) for secondary pupils from September 2020, in addition to compulsory Health Education.

You can find further details about the introduction of compulsory relationships education, as well as answers to many other frequently asked questions, on the government website here.

As part of this, all schools are required to consult with parents when developing and reviewing their policies for Relationships and Sex Education, which will inform decisions on when and how certain content is covered.

Effective engagement gives the space and time for parents to input, ask questions, share concerns and for the school to decide the way forward. The school will listen to parents’ views, and then make a reasonable decision as to how they wish to proceed. When, how and what is taught is a decision for the school, and consultation does not provide a parental veto on RSE curriculum content.

The overall aim of relationships and sex education (RSE) at Leek High School is to support the personal and social development of every student, ensuring that they have the ability to accept their own and others’ sexuality in positive ways and to enjoy relationships based on mutual respect and responsibility, free from any abuse.  All students have the right to experience a programme of sex education and personal development at a level that is appropriate to their age and physical development that prepares them for adult life. Our RSE programme is wide ranging and inclusive and delivered through a range of activities throughout the year, many of which are delivered by specialist outside agencies.

You can view our current RSE policy here.

You can access a survey to give us your views here. Please note the survey is available to complete at any point, with no end date –  responses will be reviewed periodically, and taken into account when our RSE policy is reviewed each year.

PSHCE (Personal Social Health and Citizenship Education)

Our PSHCE curriculum challenges students to become creative, successful and happy individuals.   We aim to equip students with the skills and knowledge they will need to face current and topical issues and that will allow them to respond with resilience to future change and challenge in their personal lives and the wider world. PSHCE is delivered using a mix of discrete lessons, assemblies and sessions led by specialist external providers. PSHCE curriculum content  is contained within our RSE Programme of Study.

Religious Education (RE)

Religious Education at Leek High School is taught in line with Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE) guidance. Students are taught to respect each other and contribute to the school and the wider community.

Key Stage 3 (Year 9) students receive teaching of RE in humanities lessons, through assemblies, and within the PSHCE programme.

Key Stage 4 students receive teaching of RE in tutor groups, through assemblies, and within the PSHCE programme.