Curriculum Principles

At Cheetham Church of England Community Academy we believe in the concept of lifelong learning and the idea that both adults and pupils learn new things everyday. We want to engage pupils to become skilled and self-motivated, lifelong learners through an enjoyable, memorable curriculum.

We are committed to building futures in a welcoming and supportive learning environment within a context of Christian values and ethos. Through effective teaching and learning each person’s worth and dignity is recognised and everyone is challenged to achieve their full potential.


Our Cheetham hallmarks of a great curriculum agreed by all aim to:

  • Develop the whole person whilst recognising that emotional development and intellectual development mutually strengthen each other.
  • Be broad and balanced and have clear progression in subject knowledge and skills. Skills of creativity, critical thinking, communication, collaboration and problem-solving are developed and applied in all disciplines.
  • Help pupils to appreciate human achievement and aspirations.
  • Draw out pupils qualities and develops confidence: allows pupils to seek out their own talents and find what they have a passion for.
  • Empower pupils by handing back choice and promotes wonder and natural curiosity as motivating factors for learning.
  • Relate learning to the world filled with rich, first-hand experiences.
  • Include elements of meaningful reflection and development.
  • Make effective use of new technologies.
  • Is flexible and responsive to individual needs and interests.
  • Develop pupils who are articulate communicators: using language precisely, listening to others, responding and building on ideas constructively.

With these principles in mind, we aim to plan a curriculum which is directly derived from aims and objectives which clearly describe a range of knowledge and understanding, skills and general abilities and personal qualities and attitudes.

We recognise that personal, social and emotional skills affect how we perceive ourselves and how we behave as learners.

We actively support pupils in developing positive attitudes to learning to help them to become confident, well-motivated and independent learners. We believe pupils with these skills also contribute more effectively to building a community of learners and a social environment where learning flourishes.

We also believe that pupils’ difficulties in learning or reluctance to learn may be caused by such things as demotivation, fear of failure, and the impact of managing feelings on behaviour, rather than by lack of ability.