Pinner High School is a learning based community with high aspirations for all. We provide a first rate personal, inclusive education, through a tried and tested curriculum carefully supported by individual pastoral care. Students have the opportunity to excel in and out of the classroom, on the sports field, on the stage, in the community, enjoying a wealth of enrichment opportunities.
The school brings life to the motto ‘Inspiring Learning’. A great deal of this comes with the exceptional every day experiences students expect with our first class staff. It also demonstrates the responsibility our young people will have as Pinner High School students to make a commitment to inspire others. We will equip our students with an understanding of themselves, an appreciation of the world around them and a desire to innovate and solve problems as active contributors to society.
The Curriculum is a key way of meeting these objectives. It has been designed to meet the needs of each individual student, providing opportunities which stretch and excite. Throughout Key Stage 3, Years 7 and 8, students follow a common curriculum which provides breadth and depth.
We ensure that all students receive a rounded education and can progress with a good understanding of the range of areas of study which they might pursue in more depth as they progress through Key Stage 4 and into the Sixth Form. This will allow them to make informed choices as they grow. Key Stage 4 begins in Year 9 and students follow their Key Stage 4 pathway for the next three years. All students from Years 9 to 11 will study English, Mathematics, Science and Physical Education.
Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8)
The Year 7 and 8 curriculum is broad and balanced. It provides a focus on the core curriculum areas of English, Maths, Science, MFL and Humanities. This allows students access to the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) when they reach Key Stage 4, whilst also valuing the arts.
PSHCE is taught through Form Tutor time and ‘Deep Learning Days’. This provides a varied and engaging approach alongside the curriculum opportunities for students’ Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development.
The Key Stage 3 curriculum is made up of the following subjects, and lesson allocation:
Key Stage 4 (Years 9-11)
Students will be guided through their GCSE option choices in the Autumn and Spring term of Year 8. Parents will be invited in to school for a presentation on the GCSE curriculum and students will have an individual meeting with their Form Tutor. A senior teacher will be available for ‘drop-in’ appointments with parents at a designated time so that students and families are fully supported with this process. The final decision regarding course entry lies with the Headteacher.
The Key Stage 4 curriculum is broad and balanced, as every student will follow the core curriculum of English, Maths, Science and PE and PRE. Students with appropriate prior attainment are encouraged to study a Modern Foreign Language, a Humanities subject and 2 further choices, so that they are eligible for the English Baccalaureate. However, this may not be appropriate for all students and there are alternative subjects available alongside MFL and Humanities. Vocational subjects will be available to individuals as appropriate.
The Key Stage 4 subject booklet is below. The 2018 version is relevant for our current year 10s; current year 9 students should read the 2019 version; current year 8 students should read the 2020 version.
The school fulfils PSCHE requirements through tutor groups and assemblies, which also promote British Values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. This helps students develop self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence, enabling students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England. This also enables students to acquire a broad general knowledge of, and respect for, public institutions and services.
The school will preclude the promotion of partisan political views in the teaching of any subject and whilst students are involved in any school activity.
The school fulfils Religious Studies requirements through Philosophy, Religion and Ethics and a focus on world religions during tutor time and assembly.
Key Stage 5 (Years 12 and 13)
Pinner High School will be part of the Harrow Sixth Form Collegiate from 2020, for students to begin their Sixth Form studies in 2021. The curriculum will be confirmed closer to this time.
The Founding Head of Sixth Form, Mr. Chris Stump, has been appointed, and will take up the post in July 2020, over a year before the Sixth Form opens. This will ensure students are fully prepared for the next phase of their education.
More information about any aspect of the curriculum can be obtained by contacting the school office and asking for curriculum details.
Information about the school's careers programme can be found here: http://www.pinnerhighschool.org/page/?title=Careers+Programme&pid=64