Curriculum Statement

The learning journey at Harlington

The Harlington curriculum is unashamedly ambitious for all students. We believe that every child is entitled to a broad and balanced curriculum that tells the story of ‘the best that has been thought and said’ around the world. We place equal importance on the academic, and personal and social development of our students: we want to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities, and experiences that life has to offer.

Our curriculum is designed to develop thinkers: students who can empathise and evaluate, critique and construct, and so enter adult life able to achieve their potential and make a positive contribution to society. The taught curriculum encourages respect for all: people, places, and the wider environment.
Our curriculum encourages the accumulation of a breadth and depth of knowledge across subjects, not only for its extrinsic reward, but for its intrinsic value.

We believe all students are capable of excellence, achieved through hard work, self-discipline, and constant curiosity.

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Key Stage Three: A secure foundation of knowledge and skills

In Year 9, students complete their study of the challenging and wide-ranging Key Stage Three curriculum programme begun in Years 7 and 8 at our feeder schools. We believe in the value of a balanced curriculum; it is vital that no door is closed too early, which is why we deliver a 3-year Key Stage Three curriculum with students studying a range of different options before choosing their GCSE options in Year 9.

Alongside high-quality core content in English, Mathematics and Science, students learn the powerful knowledge and skills that give them a firm grounding in the Humanities, Modern Foreign Languages, the Arts, Technology, and Physical Education. Our subject leaders and teachers use their expertise to plan their curriculum in detail to ensure students develop deep, flexible knowledge that will support GCSE study, giving students a secure foundation upon which they can call later in their studies and in life.

Because of our careful curriculum planning, we are confident that our students can enjoy their learning, understand its significance, and make excellent progress.

Click here for the Current Year 9 Options Booklet for 2021 - 23

Key Stage Four: Choices and pathways

In their 5-year journey at Harlington, the choices our students make in terms of their GCSE subjects is certainly hugely important. Because of the breadth and challenge of the Key Stage Three curriculum, students are well-positioned to choose from a range of engaging and inspiring subjects.

Because of our careful curriculum planning, we are confident that our students can enjoy their learning, understand its significance, and make excellent progress.

Click here for Current Year 10 Options Booklet for 2020 - 22
Subject Year 9: No. of hours/cycle KS4 – Year 10-11: No. of hours/cycle
English 7 8
Mathematics 7 8
Science 6 8
Physical Education 4 2 (+ option)
History 3


5 hours each


Modified pathway

3 OPTIONS: 5 hours each

Plus additional English and Maths (5 hours)

Geography 3
Religious Studies 2
French & Spanish
Art 2
Drama 2
Music 2
Food, Fashion, Product Design
IT/Computing 2
Business Studies N/A
Media Studies N/A
Triple Science N/A
Enrichment 2 2
Character and Ethics 1 1

Key Stage Five: Quality and Opportunity

The final two years of a student’s journey at Harlington ends with study in the sixth form. We are proud of the range and quality of the academic and vocational subjects on offer, as well as a carefully planned support and guidance provided by our sixth form team.


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