Curriculum Statement – Hawthorn High School

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”
– Martin Luther King


At Hawthorn High School, we are committed to providing high quality educational opportunities for our community. Our vision is based on the belief that a rich and knowledge led curriculum is a vital component of life. We nurture academic success alongside creativity and imagination throughout the school curriculum to help learners to secure the knowledge, skills and personal qualities they will need for future success. Hawthorn High School is built on and driven by core values and we are committed to enabling all of our learners to become:


Learners who are imaginative, optimistic and inventive; finding their voice to become effective communicators prepared for lifelong adaptability.

Learners will:

  • Experience creative teaching that makes learning engaging and allows them to think independently and be confident citizens.

Be expected to embrace a diverse and cutting edge range of creative opportunities both inside and outside the classroom.


Learners who are confident, resilient, well-rounded citizens; they understand the world’s communities and are ready to discover their place in it.

Learners will:

  • Be proud of their achievements, the progress they make and have these achievements celebrated.

Develop positive, secure relationships so that they flourish and have a powerful sense of their own potential.


Learners who gain deep and powerful knowledge in preparation for life; combining academic rigour, curiosity and creative flair.

Learners will:

  • Achieve academic standards of excellence enabling them to excel in all activities.

Experience a rich, exciting curriculum that leaves them able to make powerful choices about their future ambitions.

Key Stage 3 (Y7 – Y9)

Curriculum Wales 2022: We are currently piloting our approaches to the New Curriculum for Wales in Year 7 (View the Year 7 Curriculum)

Core subjects: English, Mathematics, Science and Welsh

Non-core subjects: Humanities, Expressive Arts, ICT, Design Technology, French, PE and PSE

Key Stage 4 (Y10 – Y11)

We offer a broad range of relevant academic and vocational subjects leading to Level 1 and Level 2 external qualifications.

Compulsory subjects in KS4: English, Mathematics (including Numeracy), Science, Welsh, RS, PE and the Welsh Baccalaureate.

At Key Stage 5 (Sixth Form Y12/13)

We operate a partnership consortium arrangement with Pontypridd High School in order to offer a broad range of academic and vocational courses leading to external qualifications at Level 3.  This enables pupils to select subjects across both schools that meet their needs so they can progress onto the next stage of their learning journey or into their chosen career.   In addition all pupils follow the Welsh Baccalaurate to complement their selected Level 3 qualifications.