Our mission statement: “Everyone in the Compass School Community will confidently reach the destination to which they aspire” drives all that we do, as do our core values of aspiration, integrity, exploration and resilience.

We aim that all pupils, including SEND and disadvantaged, develop a secure body of knowledge, skills, values and cultural capital that facilitates progress to level 3 study. They will also be happy, confident young people willing to be active citizens and a force for good in society. 

Our Statement of Curriculum Intent sets out in detail, the framework of our curriculum and overview of the knowledge and skills we want pupils to gain.

An aspirational curriculum

Our core offer is centred around the National Curriculum and the academic English Baccalaureate pathway, which at least 70% of pupils currently take. Our aim is that with ongoing academic support, this proportion can increase further in line with the DfE aim for 75% by 2022 and 90% by 2025. 

This core offer is complimented by an extensive arts offer, including Music, Drama, Art & Design, as well as Computing, Citizenship and Relating.

We prioritise reading, aiming to create readers who enjoy diving into a book and find it a source of knowledge, affirmation and inspiration.

Opportunities to explore

Our curriculum encourages our students to be curious and want to explore learning beyond the classroom. We broaden pupils’ experiences through our enrichment curriculum. This ranges from debating to leatherworkmusic instrument lessons and Duke of Edinburgh Award. Tripsvisits and external partnerships also enhance our curriculum and allow students at all stages to deepen and embed their knowledge from the classroom in new contexts. 

Personal Development

In modern Britain it is not just enough to have good academic qualifications. Students must be equipped with skills, values and experiences that will allow them to succeed in a global community. Our personal development programme prioritises Personal, Social and Health Education, understanding of British Values and Careers Information Advice and Guidance. 

A knowledge-rich curriculum

Students who know more, find it easier to learn more, so our curriculum is knowledge-rich, offering a blend of knowledge and skills so that your child has the opportunity to acquire knowledge and develop high level skills in all their subjects.

Supporting your child

As you explore our subject pages, you’ll find a range of resources that will enable you to support your child’s learning in and beyond the classroom.

  1. A Curriculum Map: A map that outlines the planned curriculum in each subject by term.
  2. Exemplar Knowledge Organisers: These exist in each subject and includes key information and key vocabulary that every student will need to know to access aspirational targets.

If you would like to find out more about the Compass Knowledge-rich Curriculum, please contact our Assistant Principal, Rory Beard, at