Curriculum

Our Curriculum Intent

At Nottingham Free School, our curriculum is constructed upon our ambitions for all of our students:

Our ambition is to engage all of our students in an enriching education that broadens their horizons and deepens their understanding of the world and the true value to be found in human experience.

We aim to deliver our curriculum in a school community that champions our core values:

Our core values, hard work and kindness, equip our students with the depth of character required to tackle problems and pursue happy, successful and fulfilled lives.

All students follow a range of subjects which combine to form a curriculum that is personally, socially and intellectually transformative, setting our students up for the best possible set of choices and opportunities at post-16 and beyond.

Our students are intellectually transformed by our ambitious core curriculum which:

  • Contains the essential knowledge that pupils need to be educated citizens
  • Includes the best that has been thought and said in each subject
  • Features broad, balanced, well-sequenced learning
  • Challenges and inspires all students by being aspirational
  • Provides explicit literacy support and practice eg key vocabulary, active reading and oracy

Our students are personally and socially transformed by our ambitious enriched curriculum which:

  • Reflects and celebrates our diverse community
  • Provides equality for our disadvantaged students and helps to close the gap
  • Engenders an appreciation of human creativity and achievement
  • Promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of our students
  • Prepares our students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life
  • Responds to social challenges faced by our students eg e-safety, LGBT, resilience, self-esteem, identity and mental health

Curriculum details

Our current school day starts at 8.30am and ends at 3.40pm, except Friday's where we finish at 2:40pm. Please note in September 2021 this will be changing.

For a break down of the current school day, and the changes for Septemeber, please visit our page on the school day.

Please see the links on the table to the left for curriculum details specific to each year group including subject overview plans. Individual subject areas will have more detailed information about their schemes of work.

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