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Years 7-9 (Key Stage 3) The curriculum for students aged 11 - 14 meets the requirements of the National Curriculum, delivering the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Technology, Art, Music, PE, ICT, RE, Drama, French, German and a Personal Development Programme (incorporating Careers, PHSE and Citizenship). Often the learning draws aspects of two subjects together, enabling students to transfer their skills.  Throughout the Key Stage we use a variety of groupings, including sets, mixed ability and form groups, according to the subject needs. Years 10-11 (Key Stage 4) In these GCSE years, we continue to offer a broad and balanced curriculum.  The common core curriculum consists of English, Mathematics, Science, RE, PE and ICT. 

All students follow a Personal Development Programme, which includes Careers, Health and Sex Education. Students must choose either French or German, and a system of options, including three seperate sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics), allows them to select additional subjects and other vocational courses through our links with Wigan and Leigh College and the Western Skills Centre, a collaborative of five High Schools. Our enthusiastic and effective team of staff is dedicated to raising levels of achievement for everyone. Our curriculum is designed to provide a broad range of educational experiences, giving every student the opportunity to succeed.


Students' progress is constantly monitored. All students are assessed to National Curriculum levels at Key Stage 3 or against GCSE grades at Key Stage 4. They are set targets for achievement in every subject. Students are made aware of these targets and are given advice and guidance to achieve them. Regular assessments in all subjects confirm these attainment levels, which are reported to parents in end of year reports and discussed at Parents' Evenings.


The school responds to the particular learning needs of each individual, with departments striving to meet these needs through carefully structured work. We believe in the principle of entitlement for all students, offering equal opportunities and access to a broad, balanced curriculum. Paired reading schemes, exam support and targeted activities, such as lunchtime clubs and a summer school, help many students to make a successful transition to secondary school. Students who need extra support are given specialist help in lessons where appropriate, and may attend booster classes in literacy and numeracy.  The school also supports students who are very able in one or more areas, whether academic or otherwise, through opportunities such as our Fast Track Summer School, Gifted and Talented and the Aimhigher initiative.


Homework plays an important part in every student's learning and is set regularly. In Year 7 students receive two or three homework tasks per night of approximately 20 - 30 minutes each. This increases as students move up the school and approach external examinations.

Homework can be written work, research, preparation, learning, reading or project work. To help students complete their homework, the Learning Resouce Centre is open for study at lunchtime and after school. An after-school Homework Club also operates to provide extra support. All students have a a planner, which helps them to organise their work.



A wide variety of activities enrich our formal curriculum. The school places great value on students physical, personal and social development, as well as their academic progress.  Many students participate in activities both within and out of the school.  In the early morning we have a Breakfast Club, while at lunchtime and after school a range of sporting, dramatic and academic activities are offered.  We run a range of sport related events, as well as the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. Concerts and talent showcases are a regular feature of the school calendar, together with the recently established Student Conference.  Subject departments enhance the curriculum in many ways.  Enhancement activities include visits to Germany and France, including links with our partner school, ski trips, visits to the theatre and Chester Zoo, an in-school programme of visiting poets and drama groups, a Language Arts Day, peripatetic music lessons, an environmental club and health days. Students gain a great deal by participating fully in various aspects of school life and we encourage them to take full advantage of these opportunities.


Careers education is an important aspect of our curriculum.  Offered with the support of the Connexions service, it provides quality guidance and support for all students. During Key Stage 4  students participate in work experience, helping them to prepare for the challenges of employment.  We enjoy excellent links with Further Education establishments, playing host to visiting speakers and providing taster days to ensure that students make informed decisions about their futures. A growing number of students choose to progress to Post-16 education and we are delighted that so many secure university places.



We believe that an ordered, disciplined atmosphere is the best envoronment for learning. It is expected that the behaviour of students will be a credit to themselves, their parents and the school. We aim to work with parents to ensure that students maintain high standards of appearance, courtesy to others, respect for our building and facilities, and exemplary behaviour throughout the school.  All students are encouraged to develop a sense of responsibility both for themselves and the community in which they live and work. Year 11 students are given the opportunity to become prefects, performing tasks that contribute to the good order of the school.  Prefects are led by a number of senior prefects, and the Head Boy and Head Girl.  All students are encouraged to give thir views on school issues at school council meetings.


Each year group is led by a Head of Year and a senior member of staff. The year is divided into form groups, led by a form tutor, that meet daily. The form is a very special group for us. In form time teacher and students develop our values and beliefs; learn of local and national events; celebrate individual achievements and find ways to maturely support each other, whether in learning or wider school issues.

The forms meet regularly as a year group to nurture a strong sense of community and belonging and to celebrate success, effort and achievement across all forms.



School begins with registration at 8.55am each day and ends at 3.15pm.  Morning Break is from 10.10am to 10.25am.  Lunch is from 12.20pm to 1.20pm.  Each day consists of a form period or assembly and five lessons, making a total of 25 lessons during the week.


Homework is a very important part of your child's education and is set throughout the school. Homework timetables are issued to all students at the beginning of each academic year. Parental support is vital. Any queries or concerns can be addressed initally by your child's Head of Year.


Our SEN policy is based on Cansfield's principles of entitlement for all students with regard to equality of opportunity and access to a broad balanced curriculum.  Students with Special Educational Needs receive specialist support from the school Learning Support Department. These students may receive extra support in class, withdrawn on occasions for intensive precise teaching or small group teaching where appropriate.  We aim to provide support for statemented students across both key stages; core subjects will be the main focus, with the amout of support dependant on the funding provided by the Local Authority.  For further information regarding this aspect of school please contact the school SENCO.


At Cansfield we follow Wigan's agreed syllabus for Religious Education. Its aim is to enhance student's spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Units of work include 'Who was Jesus?', 'How can communities live together?',  and 'How do Christians worship?' Students will also come together as a form, in a year assembly and in whole school assemblies.  Themes covered may also be broadly Christian in content. Parents have the right, under law to withdraw their child from any act of collective worship. If they wish to exercise this right, then they should confirm the same in writing to the Headteacher, who will ensure the parent's wishes are met.


We have a comprehensive programme of study that embraces values, attitudes and behaviour, as well as knowledge about the anatomy and physiology of reproduction, growth and development, contraception and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS. We also offer guidance on coping with social pressures that might lead to irresponsible sexual behaviour and explore strategies to counter sexual harassment and abuse.  A copy of our full policy is available on request.