Curriculum Statement

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. Information about aspects of the curriculum common to students in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 is given below. Further information about individual subjects can also be found on the subjects pages.

RISE (Reading, Intervention, Support and Enrichment)

In order to support every student to make the best possible progress thirty minutes are set aside each day for RISE (Reading, Intervention, Support and Enrichment) activities. During this time our students have individual or small group catch-up/booster sessions, time for silent reading, peer support/mentoring, year group/house assemblies, PSHCE, RS, SRE or curriculum enrichment activities.

Career Education Advice Information and Guidance (CAIG)

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, Alexandra 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

Click here to view the school CEAIG Policy.

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 primarily through input from specialist external providers supplemented through discrete delivery across the academic curriculum and during tutorial RISE sessions.

Religious Studies (RS)

Religious studies education is provided for all students as required by law. The programme is wide ranging and inclusive and delivered through activities in RISE and assemblies. Parents have the legal right to withdraw their child from these sessions and alternative provision will be provided. Parents are welcome to discuss any issues with the school.

Sex and Relationships Education (SRE)

The overall aim of sex and relationships education (SRE) 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 SRE 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.