Our curriculum is considerably broader than the acquisition of knowledge and skills in the classroom. Through a range of activities, we hope that pupils will learn to enjoy their subjects and studying, and relate their work at school to a wider range of concepts so that they can be successful in Higher Education whilst being open-minded and intellectually adaptable in later life.
Across the three Schools, the staff/pupil ratio is 1 to 10 (the nursery ratios adhere to EYFS regulations), providing excellent care and attention to all pupils. Class sizes vary at different levels at the Schools and for different subjects. Most Lower School groups for core subjects will be between 15 and 24, and smaller for some optional subjects. In the Sixth Form, a typical class size is about 12 although there may be groups of up to 16 in popular options, and considerably smaller groups in certain subjects.
Stamford Junior School – Key Stage 1 and 2
In addition to the National Curriculum core subjects (English, ICT, mathematics, and science) and foundation subjects (art, design technology, geography, history, music, physical education and religious education) being taught, pupils experience an exciting introduction to Modern Foreign Languages, including French and Spanish. They also enjoy regular swimming lessons throughout the School year in our own indoor heated pool.
Pupils are taught core subjects by their form teachers, with specialist teaching being provided in areas such as PE, games, art, languages and music. ICT is used to enhance the teaching of all subjects. We are proud to offer instrumental string lessons to all Year 2 pupils, giving them a solid foundation so they can excel musically in later life.
Stamford High School and Stamford School - KS3
In the first two years of Key Stage 3, we offer a wide and varied curriculum. All pupils study mathematics, English, biology, chemistry, physics, computing, history, geography, Latin, philosophy and ethics, PE, games, art, drama, design technology and music. In Year 7 students additionally study French or Spanish, with the addition of a second language in Year 8.
In Year 9 a core curriculum of maths, English, biology, chemistry, physics, French or Spanish, PE and games is offered alongside an options choice of five subjects from the following: art, classics, drama, design technology, food, French, geography, German, history, Latin, music, philosophy and ethics, Russian, Spanish.
From this firm foundation, GCSE or IGCSE courses are chosen. All pupils take maths, English (language and literature), biology, chemistry and physics and a modern foreign language (French, German, Russian or Spanish). In addition, pupils are able to choose to take a further three subjects from the following list to make a programme of nine or ten full GCSEs at the end of Year 11: art, classical civilisation, design technology, drama, food, French, geography, German, history, Latin, music, philosophy and ethics, physical education, Russian, Spanish.
Pupils are encouraged to add a humanity and creative subject to their core curriculum to give balance and breadth to their studies. There may be some timetabling limitations on the choice of subject combinations.
Sixth Form - KS4
The choice of Sixth Form programme can be made from a list of 29 subjects (see below). These subjects are taught in a co-educational school environment with full tutorial support, careers and Higher Education guidance, and a wide programme of extra-curricular activities.
Most students study three A level subjects although there is the opportunity to take a fourth A level in a reduced range of subjects or an AS. For those not taking a further academic option, there is an Enrichment Programme which allows the Extended Project Qualification or a range of other courses to be taken.
A Levels offered: art, biology, business studies, chemistry, classical civilisation, design and technology, fashion and textiles, drama, economics, English literature, further mathematics, geography, government and politics, history, Latin, mathematics, modern languages (French, German, Spanish, Russian), music, music technology, physical education, physics, psychology and religious studies. We also offer a 2 A level equivalent Diploma in business or sport.
Glossary of Terms
The Reggio Emilia approach to early years learning is child-led, and works on the principle that the pupil should direct their own learning. Children are encouraged to work in groups, collaborate and think for themselves. The programme is based on principles of respect, responsibility and community through exploration and discovery.
ATELIER is an acronym used in Stamford Junior School and stands for Arts, Technology, Engineering, Looking, Investigating, Evaluating, and Researching. Students working on an ATELIER project focus on making things that work and making things work better.
ILIC stands for Independent Learning and Intellectual Curiosity. It is the ethos we use throughout the Schools. ILIC helps your child enjoy and engage in life-long learning, and encourages them to think independently. Our alumni tell us that this approach helped them later in life.
Accelerated Reading (AR)
AR is a system used at the Junior School during Year 3 that enables pupils to read our books, take an online quiz, and receive immediate feedback. Children respond to this regular feedback and are motivated to make progress with their reading skills.
CREEDS stands for Citizenship, Responsibility, Environment, Embracing a wider world, Democracy, and Service. It is a course introduced by Stamford Junior School to teach social responsibility, ethics and an appreciation of the impact of politics on the world around us.
Throughout Years 7 and 8, students will develop key ‘habits of mind’. There are 16 ‘habits of mind’ ranging from trying something new, being curious and developing communication skills, to be able to understand and take on board another person’s viewpoint and learn from experiences. Our ‘habits of mind’ programme help your child build self-awareness, independent thinking, confidence, reasoning, presentation, and research skills.
Our curriculum and classrooms have been developed to reflect ILIC. Throughout the Schools we have equipped ‘ideal classrooms’ with facilities that encourage your child to collaborate with others, to take the lead with their learning, to share ideas and to be inspired. We encourage students to think creatively, to think critically – to problem solve – and above all, to think for themselves.