Curriculum statement: an introduction

At Cape Cornwall School we support students to achieve outstanding progress given their starting points. We are realistic but also ambitious for them and believe that our curriculum matches this belief so that our students leave our school aged 16, ready to face an ever changing world. Fundamentally, our ethos and vision is centred around the student; their aspirations and hopes for their future and the part they can play in today's society.  

Promoting British Values at Cape Cornwall School

The DfE has recently reinforced the need, “to promote the fundamental British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and the mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”

The government sets out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister this year. At Cape Cornwall School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:

•    Democracy: 
Democracy underpins the majority of what we do in the school. Students have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our student leadership meetings and student questionnaires.  The Head Boy and Head Girl positions are applied for and candidates are interviewed for the positions by the students themselves.  Student Ambassadors are nominated by peers and we have recently been awarded the Democracy Award as the highest percentage voting school in Cornwall in the Youth Parliament elections.  We had two candidates stand, one was elected for the whole of the west of Cornwall.  

•    The Rule of Law:
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Students are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police, Prison Service, Fire Service, Lifeguards, etc are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.

•    Individual Liberty: 
Within school, students are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for our young people, ensuring they know how to keep themselves safe in a sometimes challenging world. Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advise how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety work, Religious Studies and PSHE lessons. Students are made aware of the opportunities they have outside of the formal curriculum and are encouraged to take part, but are given the freedom to make reasoned choices. 

•    Mutual Respect:
Part of our school ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around Core Values such as ‘Respect’ and our students have been part of discussions and assemblies related to what this means and how it is shown. Posters around the school promote respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour policy. Our students also volunteer in the local and wider community, one of the many examples being the visits our health and social care students make to a local nursing home. Additionally, Cape Cornwall School has been awarded the EQualities Award because of our commitment to equality across all we do. We are the only school in Cornwall to have been awarded this prestigious accolade.  We celebrate successes whenever we can and support the growth of resilience and respect in our population.  

•    Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:
This is achieved through enhancing students’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudice-based bullying have been followed and supported by learning in RE and PSHE. Our approach is typical of many schools, supporting and celebrating individual differences in our very inclusive school.   

Our Curriculum:

You will find individual subject links on the left of this page with information regarding the subjects we deliver and their content.  However, please contact the school office on 01736 788501 if you require any additional detail regarding the subjects taught at Cape Cornwall School.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Our curriculum is split into two Key Stages.

Key Stage 3 comprises Years 7, 8 and 9

Key Stage 4 comprises Years 10 &11.

Key Stage 3

The following subjects are taught at Key Stage 3:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • PSHE
  • RE
  • Art
  • Drama
  • Design & Technology (including Food & Nutrition)
  • French
  • Geography
  • History
  • ICT
  • Music
  • PE

In addition, students follow a further four subjects from the following GCSE Options:

Year 9: Art, Catering, Drama, Design & Technology (Resistant Materials), French, Geography, History,                Music, Photography, Triple Science, BTEC Sport

Year 10: Art, Catering, Drama, DT (Resistant Materials), French, Geography, History, Music,                                Photography, Triple Science, BTEC Sport

Year 11: Art, Catering, Drama, French, Geography, Health & Social Care, History, Media Studies,                          Photography, Triple Science, BTEC Sport

You can find out about the content of each course by clicking on the Subject Folders. If you have any queries regarding our curriculum, please email

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

All students in Key Stage 4 are taught the following subjects:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • RE
  • PSHE
  • PE

In addition, students follow a further four subjects from the following GCSE Options:

Year 9: Art, Catering, Drama, DT (Resistant Materials), French, Geography, History, Music, Photography,            Triple Science, BTEC Sport

Year 10: Art, Catering, Drama, DT (Resistant Materials), French, Geography, History, Music,                                Photography, Triple Science, BTEC Sport

Year 11: Art, Catering, Drama, French, Geography, Health and Social Care, History, Media Studies,                      Photography, Triple Science, Sport

You can find out about the content of each course by clicking on the Subject Folders. If you have any queries regarding our curriculum, please email

Points you may like to consider when choosing your Options:

1. Make your choices for the right reasons!

Make your choices based on what you enjoy and what you are good at. Do not make choices based on what your friends are choosing.

2. Try not to limit your possibilities…

Most careers, education and training opportunities are open equally, regardless of gender and disability. Courses should be selected on the basis of personal interest and needs, not because they are considered stereotypically as boys' courses or girls' courses!

3. Your future…

It is important to think about what you might be doing after your GCSEs. Subject choices could affect your future prospects, eg if you want to become dentist, a good qualification in Science is essential.  All of the courses available at Cape Cornwall School have been designed to ensure balance and breadth and to leave as many avenues open as possible.

4. Exam passes are essential, but they are not everything…

Courses leading to examinations are important and we want these to be as successful as possible, but personal qualities and attitudes are as important in getting and keeping a job, training or going on to Further or Higher Education. Remember, your extra-curricular activities and achievements will all be important in demonstrating what you can do.


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