Cirencester Deer Park School is committed to delivering a broad, balanced and enriching curriculum which enables all pupils to access the knowledge, skills and Cultural Capital which is required to prepare them to lead happy, ethical, productive and fulfilling lives. Our curriculum is ambitious in delivering and engaging all our pupils with the high quality education to which they are entitled.
We are a knowledge-engaged school, where knowledge is seen as underpinning and enabling the application of a wide range of skills. The National Curriculum provides the guiding principles in terms of the content of delivery and careful attention has been paid to the aims and purpose of study in each faculty area to allow all pupils to access the core knowledge which is required to make progress in the different subject areas.
Our curriculum promotes challenge and inclusivity, recognising that there are opportunities and high expectations for all our pupils. It is designed to create learning opportunities and lessons which encourage deep learning, creativity, critical thinking and problem solving to support pupils in the transforming world to be the decision makers of the future. All teachers recognise that they are teachers of reading, writing, oracy and numeracy, in addition to their own subject areas.
Our curriculum goes beyond the subject knowledge content delivered in lessons to create a positive culture within our school community and to support pupils’ well-being. We strive to enable our pupils to be happy and engaged learners. Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is embedded: this enables pupils to develop. Cultural Capital (introducing our pupils to the best that has been thought and said to help engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement) is a cornerstone of our curriculum, both in lessons and through our extra-curricular programme. Experiences are offered throughout the year and across the school to provide pupils with the opportunity to gain confidence and to become culturally literate, whether this is through a sporting event, theatre trip or debate. We believe that this holistic approach to curriculum entitlement is essential in supporting our pupils in being the best that they can be.
Please take the time to explore what our faculties offer: