Curriculum details

Nicholas Chamberlaine School is determined to be Griffin Great


This means that our curriculum will:

  • ensure all students will be Successful Learners and World Citizens;
  • be underpinned by our vision of Proud Traditions, Wide Horizons and High Achievement;
  • foster honesty, engagement and joy.

Our effective curriculum delivery allows students to acquire, understand and apply knowledge. We believe a purposefully sequenced curriculum in all subjects is essential to student mastery. Our teachers use “Teaching Walkthrus” summarised by Tom Sherrington, harnessing ideas from cognitive science and other areas of research. All staff are lifelong learners.


We equip students with the knowledge and cultural capital to succeed in life and so base our curriculum on our 3 pillars of Proud Traditions, Wide Horizons and High Achievement.


Our context demands a curriculum that supports rich literacy and numeracy provision to ensure students can access all areas of the curriculum, and quality enrichment opportunities to broaden our students’ horizons. All our students are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of the school and the wider community. In doing so, students learn to recognise their own worth, develop a sense of their own identity and the ability to take their own place in the community as well as respect for, and working with, other citizens from a diverse range of backgrounds that may be different from theirs. Students have a huge range of opportunities through our Proud Traditions and Wide Horizons programmes as well as through the Trust-led Griffin Arts and Sports Festivals and Science Symposium.


We are designing a curriculum with Ebacc in mind and will see an increased uptake in humanities and MFL. In y11 2021 62% studied Ebacc subjects in KS4, we will increase this to 75% in 2023 and 90% in 2024.


Our vision is for a leading centre for Music and sport, incorporating the Trust’s drive for the Arts and creativity leading to wider opportunities for higher education and fulfilling employment.


Our curriculum promotes equality, diversity of gender, ethnicity and characteristics to provide aspirational role models; engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement; reflects specific disciplinary knowledge and practice to promote subject integrity; reflects richness of life and opportunities in modern Britain and preparation for the next stage of future. Core subjects are overstaffed to allow for extra support and/or smaller classes to be allocated.


At KS3 our curriculum is broad and balanced, students study a core Ebacc offer alongside Music, PE, D&T, Cuisine, Art, Drama, RS and PSHE. For 2021 more curriculum time has been given to art and sports. There is extensive provision, where needed, for catch up in years 7 and 8 for the development of core literacy and numeracy skills, particularly reading, spelling, numeracy, inference, SEMH. Students are in mixed ability groups as befits our vision for inclusivity. Our new 7 year curriculum is structured around deep and broad knowledge applied in the context of real world situations. This inclusive and cogent curriculum has been driven through democratic engagement by students which gives them investment and ownership of the curriculum. Literacy is prioritised and this starts in tutor time with a reading and oracy programme in year 7 and the use of Accelerated Reader. We develop independence through prep (flipped learning) and self/peer assessment..


There are a range of vocational and academic subjects on offer at GCSE and A level. All subjects have embedded the Griffin Promise (enrichment) throughout all year groups.


Our KS5 provision is largely academic based and includes a rich, bespoke and aspirational enrichment programme.


To see the course on offer to KS4 and KS5 students at NCS please click on the ‘Qualifications’ link below.