Principal - Gill Mills
Principal - Gill Mills



The curriculum at Vale of York is key to the development of the whole child. Whilst each child covers subjects as listed below, the essential thread throughout each lesson every day is to stretch, challenge and enthuse each child so as to give their very best and develop a passion for future life.

As a small school, each child is truly known and often individually tailored programmes are developed to maximise a child’s individual potential.

Beyond the classroom pupils experience wider opportunities through taking part in numerous extra-curricular activities, enrichment days, community events, school performances and trips both at home and abroad.

“Always giving the best”

Semper ad optimum

Curriculum Aims:
  • To offer all students a broad, balanced and rich experience which will equip them to succeed in a rapidly changing world
  • To create the conditions in which all students can grow and develop resilience and creativity
  • To develop thoughtful, responsible, informed members of the local, national and international community
  • To maximise outcomes for students so they are well placed for the next stage in their education, employment or training
Key Stage 3 – Year 7, 8 & 9

The Key Stage 3 curriculum is designed to build on the learning experiences that children had in their primary schools. It is also structured to offer a broad and balanced range of learning experiences for our pupils. In addition to learning the specialised subject knowledge required to progress through secondary education, students have the chance to develop essential learning and thinking skills and subject specific skills. Beyond the formal curriculum pupils will receive regular enrichment activities that build their understanding and appreciation of the world around them enabling them to grow as responsible global citizens. 

We ensure our Key Stage 3 curriculum allows time for creativity both in individual subjects and across the curriculum while providing a broad and balanced education.

Key Stage 4 – Year 10 & 11

Pathways are introduced at Key Stage 4 to ensure that students continue to follow a broad and balanced curriculum that is suited to their individual needs.  We want every student to finish Year 11 with a complete set of Level 2 qualifications to take them on to their next stage whether this is employment, training or Post-16 study. To give all students the greatest chance of success, we offer four pathways that students can follow that builds a bespoke curriculum that is right for them and enables the best possible route to post 16 opportunities.

Throughout Key Stage 4, all pupils will receive the necessary support and guidance to ensure that they are best positioned to have a range of choices on how best to continue with their education.

To view more information about Vale of York’s curriculum, please click the links below;

Link: SEND Support

Link: KS4 Parent/Carers Resources