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Chingford Foundation School

We pride ourselves on our unique environment which equips every student with skills, knowledge and enriching experiences.

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Chingford Foundation School provides a 'firm foundation for life'.

The Chingford Academy Trust curriculum vision is that the curriculum in each of our schools will be uniquely inspirational and contemporary such that all of our students secure economic security in the future. Hence our vision at Chingford Foundation School is that the curriculum provides a ‘firm foundation for life’. It combines the best of traditional teaching with modern, creative and practical subjects to provide a broad and balanced education, to inspire learning, foster creativity and develop depth and breadth of character.  In summary it -

  • Is broad and balanced to meet the needs of all of our students;
  • Is fundamentally high calibre, rigorous and academic
  • Provides opportunities for personal development and enrichment beyond the taught curriculum
  • Embraces and celebrates diversity as part of our inclusive and comprehensive ethos and as a consequence we thrive in a culture of mutual respect

The formal curriculum is enhanced by opportunities for personal development and enrichment beyond the classroom, a dedicated careers programme, strong pastoral support and spiritual, moral, social and cultural education embedded within the curriculum. Our provision embraces and celebrates diversity as part of our inclusive and comprehensive ethos, allowing both students and staff to thrive in a culture of mutual respect.

We have embraced the research on how to deliver an effective curriculum by aiming to –

  • Build on prior learning including what has been learnt at KS2;
  • Map the knowledge and skills that will be covered in each subject over 5 years and
  • Ensure that they are well-sequenced for coherence;
  • Have high challenge allows all students to make good progress;
  • Use current educational research and thinking to ensure it best meets the needs of students;
  • Strive to deploy staff who have excellent subject knowledge that is continuously developed and led by specialist subject leaders responsible for curriculum design and delivery;
  • Takes account of cognitive load theory to ensure information is ‘chunked’ to enable effective learning and retention; then ensure assessments accurately identify that core knowledge has been learnt and applied as well as informing future learning
  • Is regularly quality assured to make sure it is implemented well;

The Academic Curriculum 

At ages 11-14, KS3

Students study a diverse range of traditionally academic and creative subjects. They include English, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, French, Spanish, Religious Studies, Geography, History, Design and Food Technology, Art, Music, PE, Drama, and PSHE. We believe that students need access to a range of subjects that develop their creative, practical, academic and physical skills. The KS3 curriculum is mapped to and meets the demands of the National Curriculum.

 At ages 15-16, KS4

Students study 8 or 9 GCSEs with the majority of students following the EBacc route.  In response to parental and student request, EBacc is now a guided choice.

All of the subjects followed in year 7, 8 and 9 continue to be offered in Years 10 and 11. In addition, students have the opportunity to study technical qualifications such as GCSE Electronics, Resistant Materials, a City and Guilds Woodwork qualification, ICT Cambridge National/Computer Science GCSE, as well as subjects offering access to professional pathways such as GCSE Food and Nutrition, Health and Social Care, and Hospitality and Catering. Our KS4 curriculum is designed to provide a range of post-16 pathways to students of all abilities and talents.

At ages 16 -19, KS5

Again, there is a full academic range of subjects on offer, most of which provide progression routes or specialisation from GCSE courses including Sociology, Psychology, Economics, and Further Maths  qualifications. In addition, we have maintained core PE and PSHE once a week and expanded our provision to include Cambridge Technical, NCFE, and BTEC qualifications alongside traditional A-Level routes for students in Year 12 and 13. This allows the majority of our Year 11 leavers to continue their education with us. 

Bespoke pathways

Almost all students study our mainstream KS4 model. However for a small number of students, especially within our SRP, we provide a curriculum that focuses on literacy and numeracy skills as well as functional and life skills, including work experience and off site visits. This enables pupils with barriers to learning to secure strong destinations post-16.

Literacy and Numeracy

We support the development of literacy and numeracy across the curriculum in a number of ways

  • An emphasis on subject specific and Tier 2 terminology
  • Promotion of wider reading through the reading passport scheme
  • Lexia literacy support for students who require additional support through the Inclusion Faculty
  • Literacy and Numeracy form time programmes at KS3
  • Opportunities to celebrate and promote a love of reading through assemblies and special days such as World Book Day 
  • Catch-up programmes

The Non-Academic Curriculum

Personal, Social, Health and Economic PSHE Curriculum; 

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Curriculum; 

Character Curriculum

Combined, these 3 programmes aim to fulfil the school’s ambition to mould students into well-rounded, resilient, responsible and active twenty-first century citizens.

Our curriculum helps to prepare young people who make good decisions in their personal lives and become mature and responsible, for example our ‘drop-day’ provision enables students in all year groups to hear from experts on a range of PSHE issues. The PSHE curriculum is taught as a distinct curriculum in all year groups. The SMSC and Character curricula are embedded across our academic and non-academic programmes.

The PSHE Curriculum can be found here. Our SMSC and character curriculum is mapped here.


Within our Careers curriculum we strive to meet all Gatsby benchmarks. Our Careers curriculum:

  1. Is relevant and appropriate for all students
  2. Offers encounters with employers, employees, further and higher education institutions
  3. Supports students to develop the skills that are required to be successful in their future pathway
  4. Provides high quality opportunities for work experience and external mentoring
  5. Provides access to independent careers advice and online resources to support careers decision making.

The full Careers Curriculum map can be found here

Enrichment - Our Journey to Excellence

We look to provide students with a wide range of opportunities that seek to support their holistic growth, interests and investment in cultural capital. This includes:

  • High quality and ambitious resources used in lessons – ‘the best that has been thought and said’.
  • Extra-curricular programmes to support the more able through master classes and trips that raise aspiration
  • Co-curricular programme to allow students to explore additional experiences and develop new skills
  • Debating opportunities from KS3 – KS5 including involvement in national competitions.
  • Visits to plays, galleries and museums
  • Residential trips in the UK and abroad
  • Leadership opportunities through our Sports Leader programme working with other schools including primary schools in the borough
  • Our Arts specialism with good involvement from our partners (including the Arts Council) and Arts Award through Trinity Guildhall
  • An extraordinary variety of educational trips both in this country and abroad
  • Our Outstanding Sixth Form Centre with 30 different courses on offer (highest average points score in the area).

An example of the Our Journey to Excellence programme can be found here