Curriculum Vision

Our vision for Brannel is a world class school where every student, through personalised learning and challenging goals, will stretch their boundaries and learn more than they thought possible. At Brannel School we prepare students to live and work in the modern, global society with its ever-changing challenges and choices.

Curriculum Values

  • An ethic of excellence underpins every aspect of our teaching and learning.
  • Students are set challenging personal goals.
  • Our focus is on education for life and the development of a broad range of knowledge and personal skills.

Powerful Classroom Practice

Brannel School has been awarded Laboratory School status by the University of Bolton in recognition of our high-quality classroom practice, which joins up quality curriculum frameworks, pedagogic knowledge, assessment for learning, student agency, task setting and coaching.

Your Child’s Learning Journey

We are a learning community, where reading, literacy and numeracy are explicitly taught in all curriculum areas, so that students can develop a love of literature, problem solving and the power of stories. Our learning is coherent and explicitly explores the connections and links between different subjects and experiences. These approaches focus on progression by carefully sequencing knowledge and skills, providing clarity about what getting better at a subject means, and encouraging our students to set goals for them to master.

Year 7

The Year 7 curriculum is about exploring students’ strengths and establishing effective learning habits, by becoming part of a thriving learning community, whilst developing the core knowledge, skills and character they need to be successful and happy learners, and Ready for Life.

Year 8

The Year 8 curriculum is about examining and extending students’ fundamental knowledge and skills, building on their ambition and actively designing their own fantastic futures. We focus on securing the foundational knowledge and skills in all subjects, developing inter-disciplinary habits of minds, ensuring all learners are able to identify the big ideas and key concepts in each subject.

Year 9

The Year 9 Curriculum is about embedding their knowledge and skills and developing an ambitious approach to their future. By the end of Year 9 all students will have covered at least the national curriculum in all foundation subject areas. They will be able to plan and select a personalised curriculum journey, that will enrich them as learners through and beyond Key Stage 4.

Years 10-11

The Year 10/11 Curriculum is about setting challenging goals and knowing how to reach them, developing a growth mindset and fulfilling ambitions. The curriculum prepares the study routines needed for success, drawing out their natural talents and personal qualities, which will lead them to positive outcomes.