Curriculum Policy


Inspiring Education For Life 

Caterham School is one of the leading co-educational schools in the country. We are committed to providing an environment in which all pupils are challenged to be the best they can be and one in which pastoral care and well-being underpin academic, co-curricular and sporting excellence. The majority of our pupils are day pupils but we are also a thriving boarding community, which enriches the educational opportunity and experience for all. We believe in providing an education for life for all Caterhamians and we seek to ensure that the learning experience at our school blends the best of tradition with the exciting opportunities provided by new technology. Learning how to learn is a key facet of a Caterham education and is in our view an essential skill for life in the twenty-first century. We believe that a truly excellent school is about more than academic achievement alone: it is also about developing a passion for learning, a capacity for independent and critical thinking, self-awareness and resilience, self-confidence without arrogance and genuine interests that extend beyond the confines of the classroom.

At Caterham School we focus on developing the whole person, aiming to ensure that each pupil leaves here ready for the challenges of life at university and beyond and understanding their responsibilities towards others. We want our pupils to leave Caterham well equipped to engage positively with a rapidly changing world as accomplished problem solvers and innovators, confident in their ability to lead and with a clear appreciation of and respect for the views and potential of others. In so doing we remain true to our founding Christian principles and values.

Caterham Preparatory School provides full-time supervised education of pupils of compulsory school age until the end of Key Stage Two, Year Six, (11+). The curriculum provision at Caterham Preparatory School enables pupils to acquire skills in Speaking, Listening, Literacy and Numeracy; and this includes all those pupils in the EYFS setting. The curriculum enables all pupils to have the opportunity to learn and make progress, including those pupils with special educational needs or learning difficulties or disabilities, those for whom English is an additional language and the most able. For children whose home language is not English, the school takes reasonable steps to provide opportunities for children to develop. The curriculum’s provision includes the preparation of pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life in a manner that is appropriate for children under the age of eleven. At the Pre-Prep the class teacher, supported by class room teaching assistants is responsible for the delivery of the majority of curriculum subjects. Some subjects such as Art, DT, Music and Games, including swimming are taught by subject specialist staff. At the Prep School in Year 3 & 4, for the most part, the form teachers are responsible for the delivery of the core subjects. For the rest of the curriculum pupils are taught by subject specialists. In Years 5 & 6 pupils are taught for all subjects by subject specialist teachers. Teaching & Learning occurs through a variety of whole class, group, paired and individual methodologies, utilising a wide range of approaches from didactic teaching through to independent learning, incorporating technologies such as mobile devices in the form of iPads (see teaching & Learning Policy) and outdoor education.

For those in the EYFS setting provision is made for giving pupils experience in each of the following; Communication and language, physical development, personal, social and emotional development, literacy, mathematics, understanding the world, and expressive arts and design. 

All curriculum subject matter is appropriate for the age and aptitudes of the pupils in each school year, including any pupils with a statement of special needs/ disability whose needs are reviewed annually. Our curriculum provision enables all pupils to have the opportunity to learn and make progress including those with educational special needs or disabilities and those who require learning support. Every opportunity, for all pupils including those in EYFS, is provided to enable pupils to develop their speaking, listening, Literacy and Numeracy skills, as set out in the schemes of work for each curriculum area.

The curriculum provides for the teaching of PSHEE which is taught to class groups as a timetabled discrete subject, working concurrently with the PSHEE policy and schemes of work where further details can be found. The PSHEE curriculum reflects the schools’ aims and ethos. The documents work and should be read in conjunction with one another, along with Teaching and Learning, Special Educational Needs/Disabilities (SEND) and the provision for Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education (SMSC).

Curriculum provision precludes the promotion of partisan political views in the teaching of any subject in the school. Where political issues are brought to the attention of pupils they are offered a balanced presentation of opposing views. This policy is available to parents and prospective parents on request from the school office.

CATERHAM SCHOOL: Promotion of British values 

At Caterham School we recognise not only the importance of allowing students to flourish academically but we also embrace our wider role in preparing them for their adult life beyond the formal examined curriculum. Part of our role in that preparation is ensuring that we promote and reinforce British values to our students.

The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy and considered them to be democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs. At this School these values are reinforced in a pervasive manner and permeate the school community.

The examples that follow are an indication of some of the many ways we seek to embed British values at this School and should be seen as an indication of our approach rather than an exhaustive list.
At Caterham School the principle of democracy is consistently reinforced, with the democratic process being employed for important decisions within the School community, for instance, amongst other things, pupil voice is heard throughout the School - holding pastoral forums, charity committee, elections for our House Captains. The principle of democracy is explored in History and Religious Studies as well as in assemblies.
The rule of law
The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the School, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular School days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through School assemblies. Students are taught the value and reasons behind rules and laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when these are broken.
Individual Liberty
Within Caterham School students are actively encouraged to make independent choices, knowing that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for students to make choices safety, through the provision of a safe environment and empowering education.  Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and receive advice about how to exercise these safely, for example through our exploration of E-Safety in Computing.
Mutual respect
Respect is at the core of our School Philosophy and Aims, and is modelled by students and staff alike. The School promotes respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning environments. In line with our commitment to democracy students at Caterham School are always able to voice their opinions and we foster an environment where students are safe to disagree with each other. Mutual respect is embraced throughout the curriculum from the concept of ‘fair play’ in PE to our ‘buddy’ programme which promotes mutual respect between students across different year groups within the School.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
This is achieved through equipping students with the ability to understand their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity within the School community. Students are actively encouraged to share their faith and beliefs within the School. Our Religious Studies curriculum provides a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures.