Wider Curriculum

At the school, we believe that a key role of secondary education is to prepare students for becoming lifelong learners. This means ensuring that our students not only learn core skills in English, maths and other curriculum subjects effectively but also develop important ‘skills for life’ such as self-awareness, compassion, teamwork, personal organisation and leadership.

While we have the highest expectations for our students within the classroom, this is only a part of the learning experience that we offer. We believe in providing a breadth of opportunities for our pupils that will give them the best possible foundations to carry forward into the next stage of their education.

An extensive range of extra-curricular activities are provided with both before, during and after school. As well as sports, activities involving music, food clubs, languages, science and art are provided by members of the school team, while external experts are engaged to run other clubs as diverse as kickboxing, and yoga amongst others!

We encourage the children to take part in our ‘Discovery Days’ such as World Book Day, Science Week, Roald Dahl Day,  Cultural  Day and many other specially themed days where the students celebrate, create projects and models and experience a totally different school day.

Please see below what else we offer to students to support their education and develop leadership skills:

British Values

We teach British values at Carlton Bolling throughout the curriculum and wider school, these are:

  • The Rule of Law
  • Democracy
  • Individual Liberty
  • Mutual Respect
  • Tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs

In this way, our students will develop:

  • An understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process.
  • An understanding that the freedom to hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law.
  • An understanding that people having different faiths and beliefs (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of discriminatory behaviour.
  • An understanding of the importance or identifying and combating discrimination.
Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural Development (SMSC)

At Carlton Bolling, we strive to create a learning environment that promotes our pupils’ Spiritual, Moral, Social and cultural development (SMSC). The curriculum seeks to equip our pupils with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values they will need to be healthy and respectful citizens and to succeed in their future lives.

Opportunities are provided throughout our curriculum, as well as through assemblies and extracurricular activities:

  • We encourage our pupils to be reflective through student’s voice.
  • Develop opinions and points of view through class discussions.
  • Celebrate achievements through termly parental celebration events and weekly SLT phone calls home.
  • Encourage children to reflect on their own behaviour and develop coping strategies.
  • Explore what is happening in the world through weekly ‘news articles’ displayed in cafe connect.
  • Weekly whole school assemblies to introduce a theme linking to SMSC which is then relayed throughout the week in lessons and weekly year group assemblies.
  • Each student has a Mental Health Toolkit providing strategies to self-regulate.
School Council

School Councillors at Carlton Bolling are committed to improving the school. At the start of the academic year, potential candidates are invited to stand for election (anonymous) by their peers in a similar way to how members of parliament are elected in Great Britain. This involves the candidates giving speeches and presentations about what they will do as a councillor that will benefit the school.

Once the elections have been completed and candidates have been chosen they are announced to the whole school in one of the weekly assemblies and are presented with the School Councillor Badge.

Once elected, School Councillors must maintain an extremely high standard of work as they are role models for the rest of the school.  This enables a link between school and the skills needed in modern British society.

The school council then meet once or twice every 2 weeks to discuss current issues that have been brought to them by their fellow pupils or what they have noticed themselves.

Student Leadership Opportunities

The Student Leadership programme provides students from KS3 to KS4 the opportunity to make a positive impact within their school community. In a tiered approach to leadership responsibilities, students identify the areas requiring change and plan how to achieve this. The strand that students develop;

  • The Student Leadership programme provides students from KS3 to KS4 the opportunity to make a positive impact within their school community. In a tiered approach to leadership responsibilities depending on age, students identify the areas requiring change and plan how to achieve this.

During this process, students receive professional training and extend a range of skills, from budgeting to liaising with external agencies, enhancing their holistic skill set.

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