Challney High School for Girls strives for excellence through respect shown to others by providing opportunities to promote achievement.

Our vision is to develop influential women of the future. We aim for all girls to be happy, learn and thrive in a stimulating environment with a learning culture offering intellectual excitement, providing a range of opportunities to develop their full potential. We want them to leave the School equipped and prepared for successful futures in the fast changing world of which they will become influential adult members. All this is possible with our broad and balanced curriculum delivered through consistently good teaching.

We follow the National Curriculum, ensuring that all statutory requirements are delivered without compromising the personalised needs of our students that they require to be successful in future. Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development plays an important part of the education they receive at Challney High School for Girls.

Our girls have access to excellent support, both from staff and peers. Our curriculum allows students to build knowledge, skills and qualities on prior experience. It has a big impact on students’ well-being and their wider personal development.



At Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9), many subjects like Art & Design, Geography, History, Computing, Music, PSHCEE (we call it Personal Development Curriculum PDC) and RE are taught in their form groups (mixed ability). However, in English, Maths, Science, DT and PE, students are set according to their abilities.

In MFL, certain form groups are allocated to learn French or Spanish in Year 7. Students continue to study this language in Years 8 and 9. This gives depth to their learning of the language leading to better appreciation of cultures that use them. If we get sufficient interest, there is an option of taking extra Urdu lessons during lunchtime or after school hours for those Year 9 students who wish to study Urdu at KS4.

Spring term is an extremely important time for the Year 9s. Year 9 students are given guidance about choosing their Option subjects for KS4. They get advice about making the right choices and the consequences of making the wrong ones. Year 9s also have their yearly reports to consult where they are made aware of their progress with respect to their target flightpaths in each subject.

They get comprehensive information about the curriculum for the next two years in an Options booklet (hard copy taken home by students; PDF version on VLE student and parent area). During the Options evening, we invite Year 9 parents and carers with their daughters to visit various departments, talk to the teachers who are offering specific courses from each subject areas and understand the commitment that is required from their daughters to succeed in them.




We have created pathways of learning to make sure that the study of demanding academic subjects is well complemented by creative subjects. This allows us to give students various directions to their journeys to achieve grades fulfilling their potential whilst building their skills through a broad and balanced curriculum. We use information from many sources available to us to help them make the right decision. If the School feels that a student is better suited for a particular pathway, we will speak to them and keep the parents informed.

We have two pathways:

EBACC PATHWAY – The EBacc is a set of subjects at GCSE that keeps young people’s options open for further study and future careers.

The EBacc is:

· English Language and Literature
· Mathematics
· the Sciences (combined or triple sciences)
· Geography or History
· a Language (French, Spanish or Urdu)

The EBacc is made up of the subjects which the Russell Group says, at A Level, open more doors to more degrees. Research shows that a pupil’s socio-economic background impacts the subjects they choose at GCSE, and that this determines their opportunities beyond school. A study by the UCL Institute of Education shows that studying subjects included in the EBacc provides students with greater opportunities in further education and increases the likelihood that a pupil will stay on in full-time education. Sutton Trust research reveals that studying the EBacc can help improve a young person’s performance in English and maths.

The government’s ambition is to see 75% of pupils studying the EBacc subject combination at GCSE by 2022, and 90% by 2025.

For her Optional curriculum, a student taking up this pathway will have a choice of Geography or History (first option); a choice of Languages (second option); a free choice from a range of subjects for her third option.

CHALLENGE PATHWAY - This pathway allows students to choose a combination of academic and creative subjects from a range of subjects available. We will give them flexibility (within the limitations of the subjects available) when it come to their selection. There are no restrictions placed on them as in Ebacc pathway.