Curriculum Overview

The curriculum at Montpelier High School will inspire students to become ethical and compelling individuals who are inquisitive about all areas of learning. Through the wide variety of subjects offered, we will provide all students with the knowledge, skills and competencies to be leaders in the innovative and dynamic global economy where transferrable skills are essential.  Students will follow a core curriculum that enables them to access their future goals. Personal, social and health education (PSHE) as well as employability skills are embedded throughout the curriculum and within a comprehensive tutorial and enrichment programme.

All students have a two week timetable in which they study 50 hours: each lesson is 60 minutes in duration. They have an additional 5 hours and 40 minutes across the two week timetable of tutor time or enrichment time within the school day. 

subject specific Curriculum Overviews

The Curriculum Overview gives detail about the topics and skills that our students will learn each term (Autumn, Spring, Summer).

Within each subject teachers have set out:

  • Powerful knowledge - this is the subject knowledge students need to retain in their long term memory.
  • Subject-specific skills - these are the disciplinary skills specific to each subject.

Curriculum policy and learning journeys

Our curriculum policy fully details our curriculum intent, our curriculum principles and explains our current curriculum organisation. Please access our policy document here: 

MHS Curriculum Policy

In addition, below you can find details of learning journeys planned and sequenced by our subject specialists. These are carefully thought out to ensure the best possible curriculum experience for each subject area. The time taken to cover each element of the learning journey may vary depending upon group and is also subject to review throughout the year by curriculum teams. 

English Faculty

English (KS3 & KS4)

English Literature (KS5)

English Language (KS5)

Maths Faculty

Maths (KS3 & KS4) (KS5)

Computer Science (KS3 & KS4) (KS5)

Science Faculty

Science (KS3 & KS4)

Biology (KS5)

Chemistry (KS5)

Physics (KS5)

Humanities Faculty

History (KS3 & KS4) (KS5)

Geography (KS3 & KS4) (KS5)

Psychology (KS5)

Sociology (KS5)

Politics (KS5)

Practical and Performing Arts Faculty

Drama and Performing Arts (KS3 & KS4) (KS5)

PE/Sports Studies (KS3,4 & 5)

Core PE (KS3,4 & 5)

Music (KS3 & KS4) (KS5)

Design/Technology Faculty

Art (KS3 & KS4) (KS5)

Food Technology (KS3 & KS4)

Design Technology (KS3 & KS4)

Business Studies (KS4) (KS5)

Health and Social Care (KS5)

Modern and Global Languages Faculty



Home Languages


PSHE (KS3 & KS4) (KS5)

If additional information is required about our curriculum, please contact us through our main contact details and your enquiry will be forwarded to the relevant member of staff:

Assessment and Reporting 

The Assessment and Reporting pages set out the principles of assessment, how we record and monitor our students and also how we report on students' progress to parents.

Age-Related Expectations

All Age Related Expectations (ARE) stages are assessments of academic attainment and understanding.

  • Progressing towards – students will have skills or knowledge gaps which means it will be difficult for them to access the curriculum for their chronological age
  • Approaching – students have some of the skills and have retained some prior knowledge to be able to access the curriculum content for their age.
  • Securing – students have securely learned the skills and powerful knowledge for the ARE for their chronological age
  • Mastering - students have fully retained and mastered the skills and can apply, in novel ways, the powerful knowledge for the ARE for their chronological age


Assessment and Reporting