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Chingford Foundation School


Our Curriculum

The curriculum at Chingford Foundation School is wide ranging and provides every student with ‘pathways’ of opportunity to pursue his/her specialist interests and aptitudes, while maintaining a creative, broad and balanced experience of all areas of education. It challenges all abilities and makes good use of every available resource, both in and out of teaching areas to fire imagination, creativity and bring education alive. Target setting, tracking, monitoring and evaluation of achievement are used in all areas of the curriculum to ensure progress of all students. The formal curriculum is enhanced by a range of extra-curricular opportunities (the extension Programme), Saturday College including offsite activities locally and abroad. Spiritual, Moral , Social and Cultural education (SMSC) is a key part of the curriculum/extension Programme offer.

So as to ensure maximum progress, for teaching purposes, the pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 are grouped in the following ways:

  • They are taught in small mixed ability groups for Design Technology, Food Technology and Art.
  • Students are setted for Mathematics,  Science, PE and Modern Languages.
  • Oher subjects are taught in mixed ability groups in Year 7, and then in broad sets in Year 8and 9.

The sets are initially determined by information received from the Primary Schools and tests that we set. These are the nationally recognised NFER Cognitive Abilities tests. The system described above is designed to take account of pupil abilities and achievement in a way that allows teaching staff to set appropriate levels of classwork and homework.  Pupils who need more support will be in a smaller class. There is scope for pupils to move between sets but all changes are based on the professional judgement of teachers and not at the request of parents. Set changes take placeat specifictimes of the year, following Progress Cards.

We have a comprehensive programme supporting students who demonstrate academic gifts or highly developed skills. The programme includes Masterclasses, extension Materials, visits to other institutions and providers that have project expertise in high-achieving young people and leadership training. each student is provided with an individualised programme tailored to their particular aptitudes. This is known as our Exploring Horizons programme in Lower School and our Beyond Horizons programme in Middle School.


Other key features that support our curriculum package include:

  • Our Humanities specialism (with a range of high achieving departments)
  • Our Arts specialism with good involvement from our Arts partners (including the Arts Council) and Arts Award through trinity Guildhall
  • Our Sports specialism including leadership provision
  • An extraordinary variety of educational trips both in this country and abroad
  • Our Outstanding Sixth Form with 30 different courses on offer (highest average points score in the area)
  • A developing Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

Please explore our range of academic departments using the toolbar on the right hand side