At Standish, through our broad and balanced curriculum, we offer our students well-planned lessons where teachers teach and promote active learning. Through incisive feedback, our students are given ‘next steps’ information with built-in time to improve. Monitoring and tracking students’ current performance is something we take very seriously. Our students have challenging yet attainable targets and are routinely informed of the current state of play.

Curriculum Plan

The curriculum of the school reflects the demands of both the National Curriculum and Wigan’s Statement of Student Entitlement. It is designed in order to provide all students with a broad, balanced education relevant to their needs both now and in the future. The school operates a weekly timetable cycle based upon 25 hours of lessons per week.

Key Stage 3

Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 study a wide range of core subjects, these include: English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, French or Spanish, History, Geography, Technology, Computer Science, Art, Music & Drama through Performance, RE and PE. In addition, students also learn about Personal and Social Development and IT skills. A series of wider enrichment activities outside of the normal curriculum are also provided. These are intended to enhance the overall learning experience for all students.

Significant work has been undertaken to ensure that each new Year 7 cohort builds on the latest developments in Key Stage 2 and starts the journey of preparation for GCSE with pace and enthusiasm. Some subjects use Year 9 as a springboard for Key Stage 4, whilst others actually embark on the GCSE specification in this year.

Curriculum Model 2018-19

Subjects Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Art 1 hour 1 hour 0.3 hours
Computer Science 1 hour 1 hour 1 hour
Design and Technology 2 hours 2 hours 2 hours
Drama ~ ~ 0.3 hours
English 3 hours 3 hours 3 hours
Geography 1 hour 2 hours 2 hours
History 1 hour 2 hours 2 hours
IT Skills 1 hour ~ ~
Mathematics 3 hours 3 hours 4 hours
Modern Foreign Languages 3 hours 3 hours 3 hours
Music ~ ~ 0.3 hours
Performance 2 hours 1 hour ~
Physical Education 2 hours 2 hours 2 hours
PSHE&C 1 hour 1 hour 1 hour
Religious Education 1 hour 1 hour 1 hour
Science 3 hours 3 hours 3 hours

Key Stage 4

Students in Years 10 and 11 prepare for public examinations. Most students study GCSE specifications but some students follow BTEC courses or other more vocational type courses. The core curriculum consists of English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Double Science or Triple Science (Physics, Chemistry and Biology), RE, Technology, PE and a bespoke Personal and Social Development programme that covers Work Related Learning.

In addition, students opt for a further two subjects that will prepare them for their next step after Standish Community High School. Every subject has its own extra-curricular programme designed to provide a wider experience beyond the classroom. Students have the opportunity to excel in the subjects that they study, in a caring yet challenging environment. Each individual is encouraged to reflect on the opportunities that they have in life and to learn a measure of tolerance and understanding of others, as they learn to live in a diverse and digital world.

Subjects Year 10 Year 11
English 4 hours 4 hours
Maths 4 hours 4 hours
Science 6 hours 6 hours
Design & Technology 2 hours 2 hours
Religious Education 1 hour 1 hour
Physical Education 1 hour 1 hour
PSHE&C and Work Related Learning 1 hour 1 hour
Option A 3 hours 3 hours
Option B 3 hours 3 hours


Students are able to choose from the following options:

Due to national changes, some GCSE option subjects are under review.

Key Information