Teaching and Learning at Goldwyn

“Students at Goldwyn arrive with a past and leave with a future” (Ofsted report June 2014)

“Teaching is outstanding. Teachers have very good knowledge of what they are teaching. They plan their lessons extremely carefully to ensure that students are interested and engaged.” (Ofsted report June 2014)

“The curriculum that you provide is exceptional and has a highly positive effect on pupils’ personal and academic development” (Ofsted December 2017)

OFSTED highly praised our “broad and well balanced “curriculum in 2011 and commented in 2014 that “students receive an excellent balance of academic, practical, creative and work-based learning”. Since then we have developed both Key Stages even further in order to offer our students an outstanding education.


We want students to acquire new knowledge and skills, develop their ideas and increase their understanding; apply intellectual, physical and creative effort in their work; be productive and work at a good pace; show interest in their work and be able to sustain concentration and think and learn for themselves; understand what they are doing, how well they have done and how they can improve. 



  • Our students are entitled to a broad, balanced and highly coherent curriculum, developed to give them a full entitlement and meet their needs and aspirations.
  • We believe in high expectations and the necessity to develop all our students to their full potential, as well as preparing them for a life after school.
  • There must be a continuity, logical sequence, progression and additional enrichment opportunities throughout the curriculum.
  • We believe in collaborating with both local mainstream and special schools, as well as other agencies, to extend and improve our curriculum.
  • We must recognise and respond to student’s diverse needs and seek to overcome potential barriers to learning.
  • We must recognise and meet student’s difficulties with literacy and numeracy and tailor individual programmes more closely to need.
  • We are a team and therefore consistency of experience is fundamental.


Each of our pathways at Key Stage 3 we offer a National Curriculum Core and Foundation subject programme. Some personalisation of student programmes in Year 9 has allowed for a few students to attend the Challenger programme, which develops team building and personal skills. Students on our Goldwyn Plus pathway will have more personalised programmes which may include other subjects and activities. 

“Students receive a very high quality curriculum that is broad and well balanced. The curriculum in Years 10 and 11 is personalised as students pursue individual learning pathways” (OFSTED report February 2011)


At Key Stage 4 we offer an incredible range nationally accredited Level 1 and 2 qualifications. Students can also benefit from a range of opportunities such as the Duke of Edinburgh programme, construction, motor vehicle studies and catering.  

“Students benefit greatly from the wide range of opportunities there are for learning. Most of these lead to formal qualifications. As well as academic subjects, the school provides excellent arts-based and work-related courses. There are also opportunities to learn about different cultures and countries.” (OFSTED report June 2014)


Where appropriate work Related Learning is part of a students’ individual pathway and is tailored to meet his or her specific needs. For some students this may entail a day’s placement each week, for others a one week block placement.

For detailed curriculum content please click on the pathway links. 


Internet Access

Goldwyn School has state of the art computing facilities throughout the School. The Internet is a tremendously useful tool used in every curriculum area. Students are given their own email account for use in School. The guidelines for safe use of the internet are adhered to by all staff. The School has web filtering software and a high level of security. For more information you are welcome to see the policy held in the School. 


Flagship School Status Nov 22

Goldwyn School continues to be a Flagship School (November 2022)


Goldwyn School rated "Outstanding" by Ofsted 

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