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2024 Curriculum Statement


Core Values

Our curriculum is underpinned by our core values of: Respect, Integrity, Teamwork, Aspiration (RITA)


Curriculum Intent

Colne Valley High School is the first purpose built comprehensive school in the North of England, and our mission now is the same as it was when it opened in 1956; to ensure all students leave us with the opportunity to lead happy, fulfilling and successful lives. 

We know that central to this mission is our curriculum.  

Our knowledge rich curriculum is coherently sequenced to provide all pupils with the core knowledge, skills and cultural capital needed for future learning and employment. It is informed by evidence to help students know more, and remember more over time. 

The curriculum is challenging and inclusive to meet the personal development needs of all students.


Subject Curriculum Intents and 5 Year Overview

The links below will take to you the curriculum intents for our subjects and their 5 year overviews.  These overviews will show you what your child will study in each academic year during their time with us.


Curriculum Intent - Maths

5 Year Overview - Maths


Curriculum Intent - English

5 Year Overview - English


Curriculum Intent - Science

5 Year Overview - Science


Curriculum Intent - History

5 Year Overview - History


Curriculum Intent - Geography

5 Year Overview - Geography

Computer Science

Curriculum Intent - Computer Science

5 Year Overview - Computer Science

Modern Foreign Languages

Curriculum Intent - Modern Foreign Languages

5 Year overview - Modern Foreign Languages

Business Studies

Curriculum Intent - Business Studies

2 Year Overview - Business Studies

Design and Technology

Curriculum Intent - Design and Technology

5 Year Overview - Design and Technology

Expressive Arts

Curriculum Intent - Expressive Arts

5 Year Overview - Art

5 Year Overview - Drama and Performing Arts

5 Year Overview - Music

Media Studies

Curriculum Intent - Media Studies

2 Year Overview - Media

Physical Education

Curriculum Intent - Physical Education

5 Year Overview - Physical Education



Subjects we offer

We are proud of our broad and balanced curriculum offer.  We offer a wide range of subjects at both Key Stages which allows our students to access powerful knowledge across many subject disciplines.  This aims to keep doors open for them in the future.

 We offer the following subjects at Key Stage 4:


Further maths

English Language

English Literature


Triple science

Design and technology

French and Spanish



Computer science

Design and Technology

Business Enterprise

Health and Social Care

Media Studies


Sports Studies

Cambridge Sports National



Fine Art


If you wish to find out more about our curriculum, please email cvhs@thecvhs and we will direct your email to the relevant curriculum leader.