Our curriculum vision
Colton Hills Community School is an inner-city school with a diverse cohort that draws from a wide range of cultures, nationalities and identities. A significant majority of our students come from working class backgrounds, and many from households where resources can be scarce and access to cultural capital is limited.
Our school proudly holds the status of a School of Sanctuary, where students from across the local area – and across the globe, too – can come together to learn harmoniously regardless of their background and upbringing.
We are aware of the challenges of our students’ lives, but do not use them as an excuse.
Therefore, the intention of our curriculum is that we will offer our students the access to a broad and varied curriculum that seeks to equip them for modern life.
We intend it to be knowledge-rich, deep in its explorations of topics, challenging in its delivery and with a distinctive, outward-looking, international feel.
We recognised the importance of grounding our curriculum in its wider contexts to enable us to fill gaps in our students’ knowledge that they may have when compared to students from more affluent backgrounds, and we are unapologetic in ensuring that our students have every opportunity to engage with as much powerful knowledge as those more fortunate than they are.
With these school contexts in mind, at Colton Hills we have built our curriculum around a series of thematically based Curricular Concepts that students will see in various subjects, enabling them to draw links and supporting them in making connections that might not always be apparent to them.
The intention of our curriculum at all stages is that we will teach all children at the school that:
Humanity is on an optimistic, positive journey of developing tolerance, enfranchisement and rights for all peoples, and we must all play our part in this.
Diversity is a gift to be valued, one that enriches our school, and that the shared histories of all cultures are worthy of respect and understanding
Respect for the law, democracy and its institutions are vital, but that existing power structures should always be respectfully questioned
Technological development is full of great human achievement, but is not without its challenges and drawbacks of which we must always be aware
The natural world is a place of wonder, mystery and beauty that should be respected, revered and protected, particularly in the face of climate change
Our health – mentally, physically and spiritually – is of primary importance and must be preserved as it contributes immensely to a happy and contented life
Being enterprising and financially independent is crucial, but making money should always be weighed against the moral decisions about who it might affect
An appreciation of the vast array of creative arts and their power to entertain and educate is vital in an enriched, meaningful and fulfilled life
Students who leave school with wider awareness of the world around them, with self-respect and with a personal morality will be best able to take advantage of all that life offers, and find their place in the world as a citizen of all of their communities.