Curriculum

Saffron Walden County High School’s mission, which has not changed in three decades, is to be ‘a local school of exceptional quality’.  We believe an exceptional curriculum not only stretches and inspires students to achieve highly, but also ensures they leave school with a depth of academic knowledge and a rich cultural capital.  Students make excellent progress and achieve outstanding exam success at SWCHS, but we do not see the curriculum as being just about examination success; subject enrichment is built into our daily offer to students - teachers teach beyond the specification and teach to the top.  We aim to exceed national expectations for our provision at every stage and in every subject.  The link below will take you to our full curriculum policy where you can find further details such as which subjects are taught to each year group and the exciting new subject choices that will be available as students move up the school- ranging from new languages like Latin and Spanish to different technology options such as Textiles, Graphics and Resistive materials (timbers and metals).

  • Democracy
  • The Rule of Law
  • Individual Liberty
  • Mutual Respect and also Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

Here, we address these important values in lessons, in our PSHEE programme, in our assembly programme and through our Community Code.  We also invite external speakers to come in to speak on some of these vital issues on occasions such as our Year 9 Politics Day.  We audit our provision to ensure all students can develop a thorough understanding of these values and their importance to modern Britain.

We also have a comprehensive careers education programme.  The CEIAG programme at SWCHS aims to inspire students to make informed and appropriate choices and plans for their future career choices, for Further and Higher Education, and ultimately for work; you will find further information about this if you follow the link on the left hand side of this page

If you would like to find out more about our curriculum, please contact Mr Graham Oxborrow.